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Wikipedia Summary for Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean (born October 28, 1987) is an American singer and songwriter. He is recognized for his idiosyncratic musical style, introspective and elliptical songwriting, and wide vocal range. Music critics have credited him with revitalizing jazz and funk influenced R&B, as well as advancing the genre through his experimental approach. He is considered a representative artist of alternative R&B.

Ocean began his musical career as a ghostwriter, prior to joining the hip hop collective Odd Future in 2010. In 2011, Ocean released his critically successful debut mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra and subsequently secured a recording contract with Def Jam Recordings. Drawing on electro-funk, pop-soul, jazz-funk, and psychedelia, Ocean's debut studio album Channel Orange (2012) was one of the most acclaimed albums of 2012. It was nominated for Album of the Year and won Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 2013 Grammy Awards, while the album's hit single "Thinkin Bout You" garnered Ocean a nomination for Record of the Year.

Following a four-year hiatus, Ocean released the visual project Endless in 2016 to fulfill contractual obligations with Def Jam before self-releasing his highly anticipated second album Blonde (2016) a day later. Blonde debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Encompassing experimental, soul, and psychedelic rock, the album was acclaimed by critics and Ocean was praised for challenging the conventions of contemporary R&B and pop music.

Among Ocean's awards are two Grammy Awards, a Brit Award for International Male Solo Artist in 2013 and an NME Award for Best International Male Artist in 2017. He was included in the 2013 edition of the Time's list of the 100 most influential people in the world and the 2017 edition of the Forbes 30 Under 30. Two of his studio albums have been listed in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time (2020). Both Insider and The Wall Street Journal regarded Ocean as the most dominant artist of the 2010s decade.

As a photographer, Ocean worked with Vogue at the annual Met Gala and the British fashion magazine i-D. Premiered in 2017, he also has his own Beats 1 radio show, Blonded Radio, that often premiers his new singles. In August 2021, Ocean announced the launch of Homer, a luxury jewellery company of his own design.

quote by Frank Ocean: This has always been my life and no one else's, and that's how it's always been since the day I came in it. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

This has always been my life and no one else's, and that's how it's always been since the day I came in it.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: When I did have some success, it further emboldens you to be like, 'No, I'm just going to write what I feel I should write.' with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

When I did have some success, it further emboldens you to be like, 'No, I'm just going to write what I feel I should write.'

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: I've gotten used to being Frank Ocean. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I've gotten used to being Frank Ocean.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: Sometimes I'm fascinated with how famous my work could be while I'm not so famous. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

Sometimes I'm fascinated with how famous my work could be while I'm not so famous.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: I never think about myself as an artist working in this time. I think about it in macro. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I never think about myself as an artist working in this time. I think about it in macro.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: Here's what I think about music and journalism: The most important thing is to just press play. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

Here's what I think about music and journalism: The most important thing is to just press play.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: All in all, I just don't trust journalists -- and I don't think it's a good practice for me to trust journalists. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

All in all, I just don't trust journalists -- and I don't think it's a good practice for me to trust journalists.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: Of course awards matter. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

Of course awards matter.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: I've always wanted to make a career in the arts, and I think that my only hope at doing that is to make it more about the work. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I've always wanted to make a career in the arts, and I think that my only hope at doing that is to make it more about the work.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: I might just write a novel next. I don't know! with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I might just write a novel next. I don't know!

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: I believe that I'm one of the best in the world at what I do, and that's all I've ever wanted to be. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I believe that I'm one of the best in the world at what I do, and that's all I've ever wanted to be.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: I guess I'm just inspired to tell stories. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I guess I'm just inspired to tell stories.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: I worked my face off. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I worked my face off.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: I'm not a centerfold. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I'm not a centerfold.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: The work is the work. The work is not me. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

The work is the work. The work is not me.

--Frank Ocean

Longer Version:

The work is the work. The work is not me. I like the anonymity that directors can have about their films. Even though it's my voice, I'm a storyteller.


quote by Frank Ocean: I can't usually stomach a project after I finish it, but for those days and weeks and months that it's new to me, I do listen to it, and it might change over time, but it's about function. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I can't usually stomach a project after I finish it, but for those days and weeks and months that it's new to me, I do listen to it, and it might change over time, but it's about function.

--Frank Ocean

quote by Frank Ocean: I make pop culture. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I make pop culture.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: All the things I didn't mean to say I didn't mean to do There were things you didn't need to say You didn't need to. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

All the things I didn't mean to say I didn't mean to do There were things you didn't need to say You didn't need to.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: We met for a reason, either you're a blessing or a lesson. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

We met for a reason, either you're a blessing or a lesson.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: I believe a marriage isn't between a man and woman, but between love and love. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I believe a marriage isn't between a man and woman, but between love and love.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: The Internet is just another experiment showing us more sides of us. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

The Internet is just another experiment showing us more sides of us.

--Frank Ocean

quote by Frank Ocean: You can't think; you just gotta do things. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

You can't think; you just gotta do things.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: Because I'm not in a record deal, I don't have to operate in an album format. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

Because I'm not in a record deal, I don't have to operate in an album format.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: I can operate in half-a-song format. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I can operate in half-a-song format.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: I'm in this business to be creative -- I'll even diminish it and say to be a content provider. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I'm in this business to be creative -- I'll even diminish it and say to be a content provider.

--Frank Ocean

quote by Frank Ocean: I hope not to define myself by suffering. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I hope not to define myself by suffering.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: My music definitely comes from a place of experience. Everything connects to a truth. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

My music definitely comes from a place of experience. Everything connects to a truth.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: I respect Drake not only as a creative person but as a business mind as well. I think Drake's important. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I respect Drake not only as a creative person but as a business mind as well. I think Drake's important.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: I booked my first studio at like 12 or 13. Somewhere in that season of my life, singing along with the radio became me wanting to be on radio, you know. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I booked my first studio at like 12 or 13. Somewhere in that season of my life, singing along with the radio became me wanting to be on radio, you know.

--Frank Ocean

Longer Version:

I booked my first studio at like 12 or 13. Somewhere in that season of my life, singing along with the radio became me wanting to be on radio, you know. And writing Langston Hughes replica poems became me wanting to write like Stevie Wonder.


quote by Frank Ocean: I had writer's block for almost a year. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I had writer's block for almost a year.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: I enjoy being involved in making the artwork for albums and stupid stuff like that. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I enjoy being involved in making the artwork for albums and stupid stuff like that.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: It's hard to articulate how I think about myself as a public figure. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

It's hard to articulate how I think about myself as a public figure.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: Art's everything we hope life would be, a lot of times. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

Art's everything we hope life would be, a lot of times.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: When you write a song like 'Forrest Gump,' the subject can't be androgynous. It requires an unnecessary amount of effort. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

When you write a song like 'Forrest Gump,' the subject can't be androgynous. It requires an unnecessary amount of effort.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: The Internet made fame wack and anonymity cool. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

The Internet made fame wack and anonymity cool.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: I have no delusions about my likability in every scenario. I know that in order to get things done the way you want them, oftentimes your position will be unpopular. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I have no delusions about my likability in every scenario. I know that in order to get things done the way you want them, oftentimes your position will be unpopular.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: Super-envious of the fact that Daft Punk can wear robot helmets and be one of the most famous bands in the world, while also understanding that will never be my situation. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

Super-envious of the fact that Daft Punk can wear robot helmets and be one of the most famous bands in the world, while also understanding that will never be my situation.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: With my art, it's the one thing that I know will outlive me and outlive my feelings. It will outlive my depressive seasons. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

With my art, it's the one thing that I know will outlive me and outlive my feelings. It will outlive my depressive seasons.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: I don't intend to stop making music. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I don't intend to stop making music.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: If you could see my thoughts, you could see our faces. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

If you could see my thoughts, you could see our faces.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: It started to weigh on me that I was responsible for the moves that had made me successful, but I wasn't reaping the lion's share of the profits, and that was problematic for me. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

It started to weigh on me that I was responsible for the moves that had made me successful, but I wasn't reaping the lion's share of the profits, and that was problematic for me.

--Frank Ocean

quote by Frank Ocean: I won't touch on risky, because that's subjective. People are just afraid of things too much. Afraid of things that don't necessarily merit fear. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I won't touch on risky, because that's subjective. People are just afraid of things too much. Afraid of things that don't necessarily merit fear.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: Some people focus more on sonics. Some people focus more on story. I focus on both sonics and story. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

Some people focus more on sonics. Some people focus more on story. I focus on both sonics and story.

--Frank Ocean

Longer Version:

Some people focus more on sonics. Some people focus more on story. I focus on both sonics and story, but music sometimes, just music itself, can turn into more of a maths problem. I guess everything in life is a math problem, but it can be more about an empirical route to getting the symmetry that you want, and this vibe, sonically.


quote by Frank Ocean: It's not essential for me to have a big debut week; it's not essential for me to have big radio records. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

It's not essential for me to have a big debut week; it's not essential for me to have big radio records.

--Frank Ocean

quote by Frank Ocean: How we experience memory sometimes, it's not linear. We're not telling the stories to ourselves. We know the story; we're just seeing it in flashes overlaid. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

How we experience memory sometimes, it's not linear. We're not telling the stories to ourselves. We know the story; we're just seeing it in flashes overlaid.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: I'm extremely compassionate, loving, all of those warm fuzzy things, but the outer shell doesn't project that all the time. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I'm extremely compassionate, loving, all of those warm fuzzy things, but the outer shell doesn't project that all the time.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: I'm big on what's in good taste. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I'm big on what's in good taste.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: The worse part of being lied to is when you realize you believed it. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

The worse part of being lied to is when you realize you believed it.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: No, I don't like you, I just thought you were cute enough to kiss you. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

No, I don't like you, I just thought you were cute enough to kiss you.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: I feel like I was writing as I was learning to talk. Writing was always a go-to form of communication. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I feel like I was writing as I was learning to talk. Writing was always a go-to form of communication.

--Frank Ocean

Longer Version:

I feel like I was writing as I was learning to talk. Writing was always a go-to form of communication. And I knew I could sing from being in tune with the radio.


quote by Frank Ocean: It's more interesting for me to figure out how to be superior in areas where I'm naive, where I'm a novice. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

It's more interesting for me to figure out how to be superior in areas where I'm naive, where I'm a novice.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: When you're happy, you enjoy the music but when you're sad, you undestand the lyrics. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

When you're happy, you enjoy the music but when you're sad, you undestand the lyrics.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: Just remember; someone loves everything you hate about yourself. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

Just remember; someone loves everything you hate about yourself.

--Frank Ocean

quote by Frank Ocean: My TV ain't HD, that's too real. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

My TV ain't HD, that's too real.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: Once I catch you in one lie, it makes me question everything you said. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

Once I catch you in one lie, it makes me question everything you said.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: I've written some great things. That's a gift, but there's consequences. Yeah, you get this great work, but you suffer. You really, really suffer. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I've written some great things. That's a gift, but there's consequences. Yeah, you get this great work, but you suffer. You really, really suffer.

--Frank Ocean


quote by Frank Ocean: I want to thank The Beatles for almost single-handedly getting me out of writer's block. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I want to thank The Beatles for almost single-handedly getting me out of writer's block.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: It's about the stories. If I write 14 stories that I love, then the next step is to get the environment of music around it to best envelop the story, and all kinds of sonic goodness -- sonic goodies. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

It's about the stories. If I write 14 stories that I love, then the next step is to get the environment of music around it to best envelop the story, and all kinds of sonic goodness -- sonic goodies.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: Boys do cry, but I don't think I shed a tear for a good chunk of my teenage years. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

Boys do cry, but I don't think I shed a tear for a good chunk of my teenage years.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: I wrote 'Channel Orange' in two weeks. The end product wasn't always that gritty, real-life depiction of the real struggle that happened. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I wrote 'Channel Orange' in two weeks. The end product wasn't always that gritty, real-life depiction of the real struggle that happened.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: When you are happy, you enjoy music, when you are sad, you understand lyrics. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

When you are happy, you enjoy music, when you are sad, you understand lyrics.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: I grew up in New Orleans. I had just moved into my dorm at the University of New Orleans, and I was doing laundry, and my mom called me, like, 'We've got to evacuate. There's a hurricane's coming.' with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I grew up in New Orleans. I had just moved into my dorm at the University of New Orleans, and I was doing laundry, and my mom called me, like, 'We've got to evacuate. There's a hurricane's coming.'

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: Don't ever play with someone's feelings, you could win the game but you could lose that person forever. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

Don't ever play with someone's feelings, you could win the game but you could lose that person forever.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: I think we all change each other's paths. I don't know which law idea that is in physics, but I don't think any of us can live without affecting one another. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I think we all change each other's paths. I don't know which law idea that is in physics, but I don't think any of us can live without affecting one another.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: If someone breaks your heart, just punch them in the face. Seriously. Punch them in the face and go get some ice cream. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

If someone breaks your heart, just punch them in the face. Seriously. Punch them in the face and go get some ice cream.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: Don't confuse my personality with my attitude. My personality is who I am, and my attitude depends on who you are. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

Don't confuse my personality with my attitude. My personality is who I am, and my attitude depends on who you are.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: I was a thug. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I was a thug.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: Don't feel sad over someone who gave up on you, feel sorry for them because they gave up on someone who would have never given up on them. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

Don't feel sad over someone who gave up on you, feel sorry for them because they gave up on someone who would have never given up on them.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: Those who are heartless, once cared too much. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

Those who are heartless, once cared too much.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: Work hard in silence, let success be your noise. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

Work hard in silence, let success be your noise.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: Distance sometimes lets you know who's worth keeping and who's worth letting go. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

Distance sometimes lets you know who's worth keeping and who's worth letting go.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: As long as your intentions are solid and about growth and progression and being productive and not being idle, then you're doing good in my book. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

As long as your intentions are solid and about growth and progression and being productive and not being idle, then you're doing good in my book.

--Frank Ocean

quote by Frank Ocean: I like the anonymity that directors can have about their films. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I like the anonymity that directors can have about their films.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: As a writer, as a creator, I'm giving you my experiences. But just take what I give you. You ain't got to pry beyond that. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

As a writer, as a creator, I'm giving you my experiences. But just take what I give you. You ain't got to pry beyond that.

--Frank Ocean

quote by Frank Ocean: The idea of recognising your strengths and using them in as versatile a way as you can is cool to me. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

The idea of recognising your strengths and using them in as versatile a way as you can is cool to me.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: I don't have any secrets I need kept any more. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I don't have any secrets I need kept any more.

--Frank Ocean

quote by Frank Ocean: It's cool to be recognised by your peers. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

It's cool to be recognised by your peers.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: I'm about being the best. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I'm about being the best.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: There's just some magic in truth and honesty and openness. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

There's just some magic in truth and honesty and openness.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: People are just afraid of things too much. Afraid of things that don't necessarily merit fear. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

People are just afraid of things too much. Afraid of things that don't necessarily merit fear.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: A friend of mine jokes that I have a painstaking royalty complex. Like maybe I was a duke in a past life. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

A friend of mine jokes that I have a painstaking royalty complex. Like maybe I was a duke in a past life.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: As a lifestyle you always being the focal point is innately unhealthy. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

As a lifestyle you always being the focal point is innately unhealthy.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: I don't fear anybody... at all. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I don't fear anybody... at all.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: You just do what you can and you have as much fun as possible. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

You just do what you can and you have as much fun as possible.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: I play piano every day. I enjoy that. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I play piano every day. I enjoy that.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: In art, at a certain level, there is no 'better than.' It's just about trying to operate for yourself on the most supreme level, artistically, that you can and hoping that people get it. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

In art, at a certain level, there is no 'better than.' It's just about trying to operate for yourself on the most supreme level, artistically, that you can and hoping that people get it.

--Frank Ocean

Longer Version:

In art, at a certain level, there is no 'better than.' It's just about trying to operate for yourself on the most supreme level, artistically, that you can and hoping that people get it. Trusting that, just because of the way people are built and how interconnected we are, greatness will translate and symmetry will be recognised.


quote by Frank Ocean: My grandfather was smart and had a whole lot of pride. He didn't speak a terrible amount, but you could tell there was a ton on his mind -- like a quiet acceptance of how life had turned out. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

My grandfather was smart and had a whole lot of pride. He didn't speak a terrible amount, but you could tell there was a ton on his mind -- like a quiet acceptance of how life had turned out.

--Frank Ocean
quote by Frank Ocean: I enjoy singing my songs in front of people. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I enjoy singing my songs in front of people.

--Frank Ocean

Longer Version:

I enjoy singing my songs in front of people. I enjoy being involved in making the artwork for albums and stupid stuff like that.


quote by Frank Ocean: I don't ever want to be caught up in a system of thinking I can do one thing 'cos that's just... that's just telling yourself a lie. with background image: photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I don't ever want to be caught up in a system of thinking I can do one thing 'cos that's just... that's just telling yourself a lie.

--Frank Ocean

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