Frank Ocean’s Net Worth: How Much Is The Singer, Songwriter, and Rapper Worth Today?
Known for his unique musical style, production skills, introspective songwriting style, and impressive vocal range, Frank Ocean has influenced many genres of music and is one of the most critically acclaimed artists of the 21st century.
He began his musical career as a ghostwriter
Frank Ocean (born Christopher Lonny Edwin Breaux) found his love for music at a young age when he would sit and listen to multiple musical genres growing up. Doing so encouraged him to start recording his own music.
After enrolling in the University of New Orleans to study music and developing his own personal recording facility that was later destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, Frank Ocean moved to Los Angeles in order to make contact with individuals in the music industry.
Soon after recording demos and making the right connections, Frank Ocean received a songwriting deal to begin working alongside music producers and eventually wrote songs for Justin Bieber, John Legend, Beyoncé, NAS, and many other recording artists.
After meeting Tyler the Creator and joining the LA-based hip-hop group Odd Future, Ocean found even more strength in his songwriting skills and soon signed a deal with Def Jam Records.
His recordings received a ton of attention
After signing with Def Jam Records in 2009, Frank Ocean went on to record and release his first mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra on April 10, 2012.
Since the release of the album, Ocean became widely known and soon began working with Jay-Z and Kanye West on their collaborative album Watch the Throne.
Frank Ocean’s debut studio album Channel Orange received high praise for its unconventional storytelling and interesting mix of hip-hop, soul, and R&B.
The album itself received six Grammy nominations. It reached #1 on the US R&B/Hip-Hop chart and #2 on the Billboard 200 chart.
In 2016, Ocean began making effort to part ways from Def Jam Records but not before releasing his visual album, Endless, that was streamed only on Apple Music.
Frank Ocean’s net worth is $13 million
That same year, he released his second studio album Blonde, that debuted at No.1 in several countries. Time Magazine raked this as the best album of 2016, earning Frank Ocean an estimated $1 million in profits. Billboard Magazine estimated that Blonde garnered about $2.12 million, which means Ocean received up to $1.6 million from album sales and $504,000 from online streams alone.
Along with the album, Frank Ocean also released Boys Don’t Cry, a 360-page magazine that held a theme of fashion and automobiles. The magazine received such high recognition, Ocean was later asked to make visual covers and essays for acclaimed British magazines and was even able to be a special photographer for Vogue during the 2017 Met Gala.
Due to his impeccable songwriting skills, photography and success with his studio albums, Frank Ocean currently has a net worth of $13 million.
His unique artistry
Unlike many artists today, Frank Ocean has the ability to redefine and create music that has a unique and interest twist.
While sitting down with Complex Magazine in 2011, Ocean mentioned, “No, I don’t do any beats. I produce, in the traditional sense of producing, but I don’t do that much beat-making. I got beats from my friends. The album credits are in the new download. Writing and s***, coming up in that side of the business, you meet a lot of producers, and you develop those relationships. So when I started doing this project and said I wanted to do something on my own and get it done, I hit up those people that were close to me, that I felt got it, and they sent the beats to my email. I picked what I liked and put it together.”
Frank Ocean, who has sung hooks for Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and Kanye West has long passed the notion of being a typical songwriter.
He has established himself as an avant-garde R&B artist as well as a pop musician who has created beautiful works of art that not many songwriters could not even fathom.