An R&B vocalist affiliated with Odd Future, Frank Ocean moved from New Orleans to Los Angeles after Hurricane Katrina. He cut some demos at a friend's home studio, shopped them around town, and eventually landed a songwriting deal that would find him working for Justin Bieber, John Legend, and Brandy. Some of this work was alongside Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, a fellow songwriter and producer who would convince Ocean to sign a solo artist deal with Def Jam in late 2009. It was also around this time he met the Odd Future and began writing music for the crew while making guest appearances on their mixtapes. In 2011, as Odd Future was making waves, Ocean released the Nostalgia, Ultra mixtape. ~ David Jeffries
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