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Frank Ocean Biography

Last updated: 11/09/2012 01:52:35 PM

Compared to the mainstream r&b/hip-hop music we hear on the radio now-a-days, Ocean is a breath of fresh air. As a member of the Odd Future (OFWGKTA) collective, his sound is distinctively soulful/r&b influenced, yet done in a way that could pass for something totally different. As Odd Future's website states, "It's Smooth Ass Music About Bitches, Relationships And Being A Rich Young Nigga... But In A Swagged Out Way."

His first mixtape; "nostalgia, ULTRA." was released in February 2011

Biography from Wikipedia

Origin: New Orleans, LA

Decades: 2007-present

Christopher "Lonny" Breaux (born March 14, 1988), better known by his stage name Frank Ocean, is an American singer and songwriter from New Orleans, Louisiana. He is a member of the collective OFWGKTA.

Ocean was evacuated from the University of New Orleans to Los Angeles, California just as Hurricane Katrina hit, and stayed in Los Angeles to pursue a music career. Ocean joined Los-Angeles based collective OFWGKTA (who he met through mutual friends) at the end of 2009. In the end of 2009, he met Tricky Stewart, who helped Ocean sign a contract with Def Jam Recordings as an artist, however, he was initially unable to build a relationship with the company. In 2010, he changed his name from Christopher "Lonny" Breaux to Christopher Francis Ocean via a legal website. Ocean has written songs for Justin Bieber, John Legend, Brandy, Beyonce Knowles, and Nas. On February 18, 2011, Ocean released his first mixtape, nostalgia,ULTRA., to critical acclaim. His music mostly focuses on interpersonal relationships, personal reflection and social commentary.NPR's Andrew Noz calls Ocean's songwriting "smart and subtle...setting him apart from the pack." In an April 2011 interview, Ocean intimated that his relationship with Def Jam has strengthened since the release of his mixtape. Ocean will appear in Tyler the Creator's upcoming music video for the single "She", from Tyler's 2011 studio album Goblin.