Frank Ocean and Tyler, The Creator crossed paths back in '09 while Ocean was trying to navigate his way through the L.A. scene. The pair became good friends. Tyler was always fully supportive of Ocean's writing and along with the help of producer Tricky, Ocean inked a deal with Def Jam as a solo artist. He began to collaborate frequently with OFWGKTA, eventually becoming an official member in 2010. Soon after, Ocean dropped his Nostalgia, Ultra mixtape without Def Jam's knowledge, as he felt the label was unsupportive of his craft, and quickly rose to fame alongside Odd Future.
Even then, many questioned his place in the collective as his brand of smooth, sensual r&b/soul is in stark contrast to Tyler, The Creator’s hell-raising, roach-eating antics. In 2013, Tyler released his second studio album, Wolf. Ocean worked on several of the album's tracks, but by this time, an already-reclusive Frank Ocean had begun his subtle withdrawal from the group. The following year, Frank fired his management and publicist (who also managed Odd Future and continued to do so), hiring a fresh new team. As for his affiliation with Odd Future? All seems relatively peaceful, with both Frank Ocean and Tyler The Creator continuing to focus on their brands.
When asked about Frank’s departure during an interview with Fader magazine, Tyler had this to say; "He's a different case… He could care less about the spotlight type shit, which is cool. I wish I took his route and just disappeared from social media for the past year."