Frank Ocean (born Christopher Edwin Cooksey is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer and photographer.
Ocean began his musical career as a ghostwriter, prior to joining hip hop collective Odd Future in 2010, and the following year released Nostalgia, Ultra, his debut mixtape. Ocean subsequently secured a recording contract with Def Jam Recordings in 2012.
Ocean released his debut studio album, Channel Orange, in July 2012. The album received universal acclaim from critics and won Ocean his first Grammy Award, for Best Urban Contemporary Album.
His second album, Blonde, was released in 2016.
Ocean is known for his idiosyncratic musical style, introspective and elliptical songwriting, unconventional production techniques and wide vocal range.