Singer-songwriter and rapper Frank Ocean was born Christopher Edwin Breaux in Long Beach, California, but would be raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. After Hurricane Katrina destroyed his recording facility in 2005, he settled in Los Angeles. He joined the area's hip-hop collective Odd Future, founded by Tyler, the Creator.
His stage name was inspired by the 1960 film Ocean's 11 and its star, Frank Sinatra.
He released his debut album, Channel Orange, in 2012, but had already been working successfully in the industry for awhile. He was a ghostwriter for artists like Justin Bieber, Damienn Jones, John Legend and Brandy, and he released the acclaimed mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra, in 2011.
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