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

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