Frank Ocean recording new album with Hit-Boy and Rodney Jerkins

The singer has recently signed up with new management

Frank Ocean is said to be recording his new album with producers Hit-Boy and Rodney Jerkins.

Hit-Boy produced ‘Niggas in Paris’ by Kanye West and Jay-Z, which featured on their joint ‘Watch the Throne’ release, while Jerkins has worked with everyone from Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga to Beyonc√© and Britney Spears.

Billboard reports that the singer is also working with Happy Perez, Charlie Gambetta and Kevin Ristro on the follow-up to 2012’s ‘Channel Orange’. Ocean has recently changed management and is now signed to Three Six Zero, who also deal with Calvin Harris and Deadmau5.

The company’s co-founder Mark Gillespie has said of the new addition to their roster: “Frank is an incredibly intelligent and creatively brilliant individual. We’re proud that he felt Three Six Zero was the right home for him.” In April of this year, Frank Ocean hinted that he was close to finishing his new album and back in October 2013, Ocean responded to a fan question about new material on his Tumblr blog, saying “when summer comes round again”, when asked when he’d be releasing new music. However, a new LP from Ocean has not yet materialised.

Meanwhile, Frank Ocean‘s father Calvin Cooksey is reportedly suing Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons for $142 million. TMZ reports that Cooksey is taking legal action against Simmons for defamation of character, stating that he has been portrayed as a poor father on Simmons’ website, Global Grind.

He is suing for $142 million (¬£87,306,713) for loss of future earnings, describing himself as a “singer, writer and inventor”. TMZ says that Cooksey has not been part of Ocean’s life since the ‘Channel Orange’ star was five, but his father claims that this is because Ocean’s “Money Grubbing mother” would not let him see his son.