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About Frank Ocean

In a world that divvies up art by genre, that constantly seeks to quantify cool, Frank Ocean is impossible to miss. Frank had long labored behind the curtain—writing for Brandy, Justin Bieber, and John Legend—but after hooking up with L.A.’s Odd Future collective, he self-released 2011’s nostalgia, ULTRA. mixtape, and his own star quickly rose. Original songs like “Novacane” and “Swim Good” that showcased his knack for riveting storytelling and arrangement, climbed the R&B charts, and led to collaborations with Beyoncé, and Kanye West and Jay-Z. But Frank isn’t about accolades and accomplishments. His live show emphasizes that intimacy closes that razor-thin gap between the man and his fans. Because as rare as he is, Frank Ocean is also familiar, both in the way he moves among us, undeniably a product of this post-everything, hustle-hard, DIY musical moment, and in the way he conveys timelessness.

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