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Is Frank Ocean The Artist Of The Decade?

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Is Frank Ocean The Artist Of The Decade?

2019-12-06 11:23:571 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST

With 2020 on the horizon, Insider is looking back at the past 10 years of musical greats with an opinion essay series about artists who inspired fans. One of the essays, written by reporter Callie Ahlgrim, explains why she believes Frank Ocean is the greatest artist of the decade. Ocean, whose real name is Christopher "Lonny" Breaux, has a classic rags to riches story. Before hitting it big he worked 11 different odd jobs at places like Kinko's, Subway, and FatBurger, while writing for other artists. Callie wrote "He was building a respectable reputation, landing songs on albums by Justin Bieber, Brandy, and John Legend. But it was modest, behind-the-scenes work." After landing a 2010 deal with Def Jam that was shelved, he self-released an underground hit which caught the attention of heavyweights like Beyonce and Kanye West. He also shook the music industry by coming out as queer, right before his hit studio debut "Channel Orange" was released. Frank Ocean, now a Grammy-winner, skyrocketed to fame shortly thereafter. The reporter adds "His music has remained complex, tender, and intimate — as though he's untouched by fame, pressure, self-doubt, or the machinations of the music industry." Frank Ocean told the BBC in 2012, "What inspires me to make music is, I guess I'm just inspired to tell stories. It all starts with the stories for me."

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