Highlighted Artist: Frank Ocean

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Frank Ocean, who has a similar sound to Khalid and Daniel Caesar, continues to gain popularity as people discover his most recent album, Blonde.

Nicole Calamari, A&E Editor

Frank Ocean, born Christopher Edwin Breaux, is a singer,

songwriter, and rapper most popular for his hits “Chanel” and

“Ivy.”  Although he was born in Long Beach, CA, he moved to

New Orleans when he was five and was immersed in the

local jazz scene from a young age, which likely influenced his idiosyncratic style of

music.  Ocean’s music can’t really be classified under just one genre, as he mixes alternative hip hop, soul, and R&B. Ocean started his career as a ghostwriter, but in 2010

joined Odd Future, a hip hop collective including Tyler, The

Creator, Mike G, and Earl G.  His fame stemmed mainly from

his 2011 mixtape entitled Nostalgia, Ultra, which included his

breakout single “Novacane.”  The release of his first studio

album, Channel Orange, occurred in July 2012 and received

astounding reviews from critics.  After a hiatus, Ocean

released his second album, Blonde, in August 2016. The album debuted at number

one in not only the United States but also the United

Kingdom.  Ocean’s unique and catchy music is definitely

worth a listen.