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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

    LGBT Pride

    LGBT Pride
    2 songs

    Coffeehouse Corner

    Coffeehouse Corner
    2 songs

    Top R&B

    Top R&B
    1 song


    3 songs

    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
  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.   If I'm in Love
  19.   Ohh in Love
  20.   Standing Still
  21.   Wise Man, WiseMan Pt. 2 (Frank Ocean)
  22.   Quickly
  23.   Miss You So
  24.   Go Up
  25.   Bricks and Steel
  26.   Songs for Women
  27.   Sucker for Love Pt. 2
  28.   One Look
  29.   Kamikaze, Thinking of You 2 (Frank Ocean)
  30.   Try
  31.   There Will Be Tears
  32.   Overload
  33.   Greedy Love
  34.   Dying for Your Love
  35.   Lovecrimes
  36.   Time Machine
  37.   Simply
  38.   She Won't Say Hello
  39.   Rocket Love
  40.   Holly Baby
  41.   End/Golden Girl
  42.   White
  43.   Sierra Leone
  44.   Focus
  45.   Dust
  46.   Bitches Talkin'
  47.   Together
  48.   Taste
  49.   Stay If You Go
  50.   Rewind That
  51.   Lights
  52.   Denim
  53.   Can't Be the Last Time
  54.   Bedtime Story
  55.   Not Just Money
  56.   Fertilizer
  57.   Soul Calibur
  58.   Streetfighter
  59.   Monks
  60.   Start
  61.   Ready
  62.   Lost Angel
  63.   Goldeneye
  64.   Electric Feel
  65.   American Wedding
  66.   Metal Gear Solid
  67.   Nature Feels
  68.   End
  69.   Thinkin About You

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