Frank Ocean

An overnight sensation in the best sense of the phrase, singer-songwriter Frank Ocean captured the attention of the R&B and hip-hop community with his extraordinary Nostalgia, Ultra (2011) mixtape and Channel ... Read more »
Born: 10/27/1987 in Long Beach, California, USA

Filmography

Music (4)

The Bling Ring 2013 (Movie)

("Super Rich Kids") (Song)

The Great Gatsby 2013 (Movie)

("No Church In The Wild") (Song Performer)

The Great Gatsby 2013 (Movie)

("No Church In The Wild") (Song)

Safe House 2012 (Movie)

("No Church In The Wild") (Song)
Actor (2)

2012 MTV Video Music Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Performer

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Performer

Biography

An overnight sensation in the best sense of the phrase, singer-songwriter Frank Ocean captured the attention of the R&B and hip-hop community with his extraordinary Nostalgia, Ultra (2011) mixtape and Channel Orange (2012) debut album, both of which established him as an innovative and forward-thinking talent in both genres. He rose to attention in 2009 as a member of the controversial Odd Future collective, contributing vocals to albums and songs by Tyler, the Creator, among others, before self-releasing Nostalgia, Ultra. Its candid, confessional lyrics and eclectic instrumentation won praise from critics and fellow performers alike, ushering Ocean to the forefront of the hip-hop scene where he collaborated with the likes of Jay-Z and Kanye West, among others. His studio debut, Channel Orange, generated headlines for its sensitive content, some of which addressed a sexual relationship with another man which Ocean later detailed in a message to his fans. The self-avowed bisexual earned widespread respect for the statement, which only seemed to increase his popularity among hip-hop listeners seeking a fresh alternative to the boastful, materialistic work dominating the charts. Ocean's unique perspective on R&B, as well as his forthright honesty, minted him as an extraordinary talent with a potentially stellar future.

EDUCATION

University of New Orleans

New Orleans , Louisiana 2005

Milestones

2012

Released breakthrough studio album Channel Orange; featured the single "Thinkin Bout You"

2011

Released critically acclaimed debut mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra

2010

Changed name to Christopher Francis Ocean, reportedly inspired by film "Ocean's Eleven" (1960)

2009

Joined Los Angeles-based hip hop collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All

2009

Signed contract with Def Jam Recordings as a solo artist

2005

Recording studio damaged in aftermath of Hurricane Katrina; moved back to Los Angeles, CA to shop demos

1992

Moved from Long Beach, CA to New Orleans, LA with family when he was five

Bonus Trivia

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In July 2012, Ocean published an open letter on his Tumblr blog site that revealed a relationship he had with another man when he was 19 years old. The singer described him as his first true love.

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