Rising Star: Frank Ocean

January 7, 2012

Frank Ocean is a name to look out for this year, and the BBC Sound of 2012 poll seems to agree. Frank was nominated and finished second in the poll; which showcases this upcoming year’s emerging stars. After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina hit Ocean’s hometown in New Orleans, he moved to Los Angeles with dreams of making a name for himself in the music industry as a recording singer/songwriter. He can now breathe a sigh of relief because as they say, “He made it.” Most of you probably know him by his song “Thinking About You” which was a leaked track, and now a favorite among many, including Justin Bieber and Jaden Smith who released their own rendition of the R&B song.

Frank Ocean joined the hip hop collective OFWGKTA, better known as Odd Future not long after moving to  L.A and was later signed by Def Jam Recordings. He has since written for artists such as John Legend, Justin Bieber, and Brandy. But not only is Ocean a singer and songwriter but a talented producer who has worked with Beyonce,  Jay-Z and Kanye West, to name a few. Ocean self-released his début mix tape entitled “Nostalgia, Ultra” via his personal blog, and reached the top of the  mix tape charts in no time.We all anxiously await Ocean’s Def Jam début album, which has been set for release spring of this year.

There’s no doubt that 2012 holds big things for this up and coming artist, and we can’t wait to see what exactly the futures holds.

-Meg M.

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