The Evolution of Frank Ocean

Ellis Drobot, A&E

The amazing legend, Christopher Francis Ocean, who is more commonly recognized as Frank Ocean, was born in 1987 in Long Beach California. He and his family moved to New Orleans in 1992, and at fourteen he started mowing lawns, washing cars, and walking dogs in order to afford to rent a music studio.

He began attending the university of New Orleans in 2005, and continued recording written work. But when hurricane Katrina hit, he lost all of his work, so he deciding to move to Los Angeles mid 2006. He was later signed to a song-writing company in 2007, and began writing songs for various different artists like Justin Bieber, Beyonce, and John Legend.

He started to become good friends with Tyler the Creator and joined his music group called Odd Future in late 2009. A man named Tricky Steward helped him get signed as a solo artist with Def Jam records. A few years later, in 2011, he released his first mixtape called Nostalgia, Ultra. He performed for the first time at Coachella with Odd Future during the summer.

Just before his debut album called Channel Orange came out, he leaked his single entitled “Thinking about you”. Later during the year of 2012, he was labelled GQ’s man of the year and Vibe’s man of the year. He won two Grammys, as well as Best Urban Contemporary album and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration in 2013.

He legally changed his name to Frank Ocean in 2015. Later, he announced the release of his album Boys Don’t Cry, but it never dropped.  Instead, he did a collaboration with Kanye West on the song “Wolves” in 2016, and later that year dropped his newest album Blonde, which generated many new Frank Ocean fans, and there’s many more to come