2012 The Root 100

Frank Ocean is a singer and songwriter who released his critically acclaimed debut studio album, Channel Orange, in 2012. 

  • Influence: 198.6
  • Reach: 16.4
  • Substance: 7.0
  • Media Mentions: 1616
  • Internet Mentions: 10500000
  • Twitter Followers: 1365102
  • Frank Ocean

  • R&B singer and songwriter who debuted his first studio album, "Channel Orange," and broke barriers in 2012.
  • Job: Singer and songwriter
  • Sector: Entertainment/Media
  • Twitter: @frank_ocean
  • Location: Los Angeles
  • Age: 25
  • Bio: The release of this virtuoso's critically acclaimed debut studio album, Channel Orange, is one of the year's most memorable moments in R&B. The beautifully written sonnets and thought-provoking metaphors on the album, which sold 130,000 units in its first week, have earned Ocean an impressive list of favorable reviews from fans and critics alike, including an almost impossible score of 9.5 out of 10 from the well-respected and impossible-to-please indy music site Pitchfork. The singer, who turns 25 in October 2012, is among familiar company on this year's list, having penned songs for fellow The Root 100 honorees Beyoncé, Jay-Z and John Legend -- all before his 24th birthday. And for his moving letter to fans, in which he shared that his first love was a man and wrote, "I don't have any secrets I need kept anymore," he ranks high on our list for his great courage and even greater talent.Visit his website and like his Facebook page.