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March 11, 2011  | by: Lakin Starling

Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean, the soft side of the hard-edged hip hop group Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (OFWGKTA or Odd Future for short), is quickly becoming a notable solo artist with radical and extreme music.  The 23 year old artist from New Orleans makes it clear that he does not just want to be confined to one genre of music.

Although he is an R&B singer, as a member of Odd Future he is highly capable of delivering different sounds. Regarding his style, Ocean explained “Maybe people wanna call it a certain genre because I’m a black guy singing. I really don’t mind. Honestly, I don’t think about it much.”

Members of Odd Future

You can call it what you want it, because the category is irrelevant to the great music that Frank Ocean produces. His tracks are covered with his smooth, slightly soulful voice that gives listeners the choice to put him in whatever box they would like.

Frank Ocean

Unlike the rest of his Odd Future crew, he doesn’t rap. He just modestly graces the track with his chill melodies and crooner swag. His newly released track “Novacane” from his mixtape Nostalgia Ultra features his love for woman and portrays his psychedelic lifestyle through his writing and his use of brilliant metaphors.

Frank Ocean cannot quite be compared to any other artists out at the moment. He drifts on his own wavelength, and all the tracks on his mixtape illustrate his diversity perfectly. Endorsed by P.Diddy and given respectable shout-outs by Lupe Fiasco and John Legend via Twitter, his career is off to a bright start.

Ocean has built his own sound from the influence of a compilation of artists and genres, making him a singing hybrid. In the words of Ocean “I think I started something.”  He couldn’t be more right.

His clear storytelling skills add to his individuality, making each song differ from his others and all of the rest. Frank Ocean will have an awesomely Odd Future with his brilliantly peculiar approach to his craft. Check out his newest single “Novacane” below!

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