Not many artists release their first mixtape and get covered by Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and The New York Times, or be asked to appear on an album as epic as Kanye & Jay Z’s Watch The Throne. Frank Ocean isn’t many artists though. His lyrics are honest, often painfully honest and his sound is romantically smooth, aesthetically pleasing and laced with avant-garde originality.
After moving to LA and joining the infamous rap crew Odd Future in 2009, Frank released his own project Nostalgia, Ultra with no promotion and for free download on his tumblr in February of 2011. The first single Novacane, rose to number seventeen on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart in addition to going viral and drawing praise from music critiques across the industry along with the likes of Jay Z, Kanye West, Nas and Lupe Fiasco. Currently working on his debut solo album, check out his video for Novacane and be sure to catch him at Lollaplooza.