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Transcript of Frank Ocean
Intro to Music
April 29,2013 Frank Ocean Background New Orleans Los Angeles Daddy Problems Sexuality Bigger and Better Literature Cited Originally named Christopher Lonny Breaux
Oct. 28, 1987
Long Beach, California
mother- Katonya Breaux Riley
Later changed it to Christopher Francis Ocean, thinking it would appear better on magazine covers
known as R&B singer/ songwriter
at 5 years old, moved with family to Louisiana
exposed to jazz and mother's cds of various artists (ex. Celine Dion, Anita Baker, and The Phantom of the Opera soundtrack)
interest in music lead to saving money for studio time
jobs: dog walker, car washer, and mowed lawns
attended University of New Orleans
Unfortunately in 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit and destroyed his recording studio so he packed up and left Intended to stay only for a short period of time, however plans changed
Processed insurance claims
Recorded demos at friend's studio and distributed them
Got a songwriting deal and worked with JB "Bigger", Beyonce "I Miss You", and John Legend
-Joined Tyler, the creator in OFWGKTL, otherwise known as Odd Future
-Tricky Stewart helped him signed with Def Jams Records, who initially turned him down
- legally changed to Christopher Francis Ocean inspired by 1960's film "Ocean's 11"
blogged and announced publicly to his fans
"...4 summer ago, I met somebody. I was 19 years old. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. Everyday almost… Sleep I would often share with him. By the time I realized I was in love, it was malignant. It was hopeless. There was no escaping."
expressed in "Bad Religion", "Pink Matter", and "Forrest Gump"
Raised by a single mother, his dad left when he was young
Dec. 2012: Dad threatened to sue him for a million dollars
nominated for BET Hip-HopAward for Best Mixtape
-Singles: Novacane and Swim Good
won UK Music Video Awards for Best Urban Video-International
nominated MTV Video Music Awards for Best New Artist, Best Direction, Best Male Video
won Grammy Award for Urban Contemporary Album
No. 1 on Top Albums chart
-Singles: Thinkin' Bout You
nominated Grammy Award for Record of the Year