12 Musical Moments We're Thankful for in 2012

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  • G.O.O.D. Music
  • Jay-Z, Beyonce
  • Frank Ocean
  • 2 Chainz Pushes Up on Nicki
  • Barack Obama, Jay-Z, Beyonce
  • A$AP Rocky, Rihanna
  • 50 Cent, Fat Joe
  • Rihanna, Frank Ocean
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Nas
  • Jay-Z
  • Rihanna
  • West Coast Cypher

Frank Ocean Rides the Wave

Frank Ocean's unlikely breakthrough is undoubtedly one of the biggest, best music stories this year. Not only was his quirky, deeply introspective Channel Orange one of the best, most lyrical R&B debuts ever, but it achieved unexpected commercial success — despite (or maybe even because of) Ocean revealing he was once in love with a man a few days earlier. Walls are breaking down in R&B, pop culture and society as a whole, and that's a great thing.

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