Frank Ocean

- BBC - Sound of - 2012


The year's most promising new artists

Frank Ocean

2nd place for Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean has come 2nd in the BBC Sound of 2012. Christopher Francis Ocean is set to finally establish himself as a solo artist of Worldwide acclaim in 2012. The 24 year-old OFWGKTA member moved from Louisianna to Los Angeles following hurricane Katrina to work on his first album, and legally changed his name from Christopher ""Lonny"" Breaux shortly after.

In L.A. the singer soon hooked up with the Odd Future collective and began work writing for the likes of Brandy, John Legend and most recently Beyonce on I Miss You. Ocean was also called up to work on two tracks from Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch The Throne.

Collaborations aside, it was Ocean's solo work which garnered most praise. Signed to Def Jam in 2009, Ocean delivered his debut mixtape nostalgia,ULTRA earlier this year, winning fans on both side of the Atlantic, including Zane Lowe, who debuted tracks from the release on Radio 1 in November.

Articles and Features

BBC News interview

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Complex - Who is Frank Ocean?

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"What do you do when you move thousands of miles away from home to pursue a career, get signed to a major record label, and nothing happens..."

Hip Hop DX - Frank Ocean live review

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"The Odd Future crooner serenaded the crowd at the Bowery Ballroom..."


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