Ocean began his musical career as aghostwriter, prior to joining hip hop collectiveOdd Futurein 2010.His contributions to the group have been critically lauded, and allowed Ocean to release his debut mixtapeNostalgia, Ultraa year later.
Ocean released his debutstudio album,Channel Orange, in July 2012, which debuted at number two on theBillboard200and was soon certified platinum. The album was also a resounding critical success, and won Ocean his firstGrammy Award, forBest Urban Contemporary Album.The album also contained the singles "Thinkin Bout You", "Pyramids", and "Sweet Life", with the former also gaining him a nomination forRecord of the Yearat the55th Annual Grammy Awards.
His second album,Blonde, was released in 2016, and was subject to controversy after Ocean endured protracted contract disputes with Def Jam, which led to the album suffering repeated pushbacks and delays.Upon release,Blondedebuted at number one in several countries, and was also highly acclaimed by critics. The album was soon certified platinum, and contained the single "Nikes."
Ocean's idiosyncratic musical style and contributions to the medium have credited him with revitalizing R&B to encourage innovation.Ocean has also gained critical acclaim for his introspective and elliptical songwriting, unconventional production techniques, and vocal range.His distinctive sound and style has influenced numerous artists of various music genres, and he is considered one of the most acclaimed artists of the 21st century.