Frank Ocean

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Frank Ocean is one of the most brilliant songwriters of his era. His work not only draws from influences past and present, whether it’s modern-day ratchet R&B, ambient music or ‘70s piano pop, it also addresses highly personal issues such as race, class and sexual identity. His name is a pseudonym for Christopher Breaux, a young musician from New Orleans who moved to Los Angeles after Hurricane Katrina. By his late teens, he had begun securing work composing songs for John Legend, Brandy and Justin Bieber, and joined the rising hip-hop collective Odd Future. The release of his debut project, the 2011 mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra, led to a chorus of critical and commercial acclaim that has yet to subside. In addition to solo albums like 2012’s channel ORANGE and 2016’s Blonde, he has also worked with Kanye West, Beyonce, Alicia Keys and many others. --Mosi Reeves