Frank Ocean

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Frank Ocean

This 25-year-old member of LA's brat-rap collective Odd Future is the producer of some stunning, souful R&B. Subtle, forward-thinking digi-bass production meets a haze of lyrics referencing everything from drugs and bisexual bragadoccio to race and queer theory. His debut, 'Channel Orange', made No 5 on our list of 2012's best albums.