The New Orleans-born, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter has become one of the hottest artist in a matter of weeks!
Born Christopher Breaux on October 1987, he changed his name to Christopher Frank Ocean last year. He is a member of the hip hop collective OFWGKTA (Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All) with Tyler the Creator. On February 18, 2011, Ocean released his first mixtape, Nostalgia,Ultra (which you can download for free ► here).
Ocean’s entire mixtape got catchy hooks. I find his songwriting subtle yet powerful. Musically it’s a fairly strong first outing. He sampled popular tunes such as Coldplay’s Strawberry Swing and the whole instrumental of Eagles’ Hotel California and added cassette tapes sounds to amplify the overall nostalgic feeling of the record. Novacane is the second cut off of nostalgia, Ultra and solidified my appreciation for Ocean.
In case you didn’t know, Frank Ocean will also be featured on Jay-Z & Kanye’s Watch The Throne album which will be out August 2nd.
Have you heard Ocean’s mixtape? What do you think? ♪