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Frank Ocean

An R&B vocalist affiliated with the outlandish hip-hop crew Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, Frank Ocean (Christopher "Lonny" Breaux) was born and raised in New Orleans. The aspiring songwriter and singer had just moved into his dorm at the University of New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit. With his future under water, Ocean immediately left the academic life behind and moved to L.A. to give music a shot. He cut some demos at a friend's home studio, shopped them around town, and eventually landed a songwriting deal that would find him working for Justin Bieber, John Legend, and Brandy. Some of this work was alongside Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, a fellow songwriter and producer who would convince Ocean to sign a solo artist deal with Def Jam in late 2009. It was also around this time he met Odd Future and began writing music for the crew while making guest appearances on their mixtapes. In February 2011, as Odd Future were making waves, Ocean broke out on his own with the Nostalgia, Ultra mixtape, issued through his Tumblr blog. Later in the year, he appeared on Tyler, the Creator's Goblin ("She," "Window"), Beyoncé's 4 ("I Miss You"), and Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch the Throne ("No Church in the Wild," "Made in America"). Def Jam's plan for the release of Nostalgia, Lite -- an EP-length version of the mixtape -- was scrapped, yet the songs "Novacane" (produced by Stewart) and "Swim Good" (MIDI Mafia) were released as singles with accompanying videos. The former reached number 17 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart. The latter peaked at number 70. By the end of the year, several publications listed Nostalgia, Ultra as one of 2011's best releases. While his association with Def Jam had been strained, Ocean nonetheless proceeded with the making of his official debut album, working beside the likes of Malay, Om'Mas Keith, and Pharrell Williams as fellow producers. The album, Channel Orange, was previewed for journalists at a handful of listening events. Some writers alleged that certain lyrics on the album revealed Ocean's bisexuality. Ocean subsequently published a screen shot of a TextEdit file (entitled "thank you's") that included details of a romantic relationship -- his first love -- with a male. On July 10, six days after the post, Channel Orange was released by Def Jam as a download, while the CD version was issued the following week. Along with featured appearances from Earl Sweatshirt, John Mayer, and André 3000, the album involved material about unrequited love, as well as class and drug dependency -- all delivered with Ocean's descriptive storytelling and understated yet expressive vocals. The album would go on to be an all-around success, receiving nearly universal critical acclaim, a spot on the Billboard 200, and a host of Grammy nominations. ~ David Jeffries & Andy Kellman
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Stations Featuring
Frank Ocean

    Coffeehouse Corner

    Coffeehouse Corner
    2 songs

    Top R&B

    Top R&B
    1 song


    3 songs

    R&B and Soul Mix

    R&B and Soul Mix
    1 song

    Top Jams [Clean]

    1 song

Albums by
Frank Ocean

Top Songs by
Frank Ocean

  1.   Song
  2.   Thinkin' Bout You
  3.   Pyramids
  4.   Novacane
  5.   Lost
  6.   Super Rich Kids by Earl Sweatshirt
  7.   Sweet Life
  8.   Bad Religion
  9.   Swim Good
  10.   Forrest Gump
  11.   Pink Matter
  12.   Crack Rock
  13.   Pilot Jones
  14.   Strawberry Swing
  15.   We All Try
  16.   Thinking About You
  17.   No Love
  18.   Miss You So
  19.   Try
  20.   If I'm in Love
  21.   Rocket Love
  22.   Quickly
  23.   Ready
  24.   Songs for Women
  25.   Stay If You Go
  26.   She Won't Say Hello
  27.   One Look
  28.   Ohh in Love
  29.   Lights
  30.   Kamikaze, Thinking of You 2 (Frank Ocean)
  31.   Go Up
  32.   Can't Be the Last Time
  33.   Monks
  34.   Sierra Leone
  35.   Start
  36.   Streetfighter
  37.   Lovecrimes
  38.   Electric Feel
  39.   Wise Man, WiseMan Pt. 2 (Frank Ocean)
  40.   Together
  41.   Simply
  42.   Lost Angel
  43.   Denim
  44.   End/Golden Girl
  45.   Dust
  46.   Bitches Talkin'
  47.   Time Machine
  48.   Focus
  49.   Dying for Your Love
  50.   Bricks and Steel
  51.   White
  52.   Not Just Money
  53.   Fertilizer
  54.   Taste
  55.   Sucker for Love Pt. 2
  56.   Standing Still
  57.   Goldeneye
  58.   Rewind That
  59.   Overload
  60.   Holly Baby
  61.   Greedy Love
  62.   Bedtime Story
  63.   There Will Be Tears
  64.   Soul Calibur
  65.   American Wedding
  66.   Metal Gear Solid
  67.   Nature Feels
  68.   End
  69.   Thinkin About You

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