6lack Bio, Age, Music, East Atlanta Love Letter, Albums, Songs

6lack (Ricardo Valdez Valentine) is an American singer, rapper and songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia who gained recognition after the release of his single, Prblms, which is from his debut album, Free 6lack.

6lack Biography

6lack (Ricardo Valdez Valentine) is an American singer, rapper and songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia who gained recognition after the release of his single, Prblms, which is from his debut album, Free 6lack.

He later released his second album, East Atlanta Love Letter in September 2018 and it peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 chart. He is signed to LoveRenaissance and Interscope Records and is also a member of the Atlanta-Baltimore music collective Spillage Village, founded by EarthGang and J.I.D.

He was born in Baltimore, Maryland and moved to Atlanta, Georgia with his parents in 1997. He had his first recording experience was when he was 4 years of age, at his father’s studio. He began rapping in middle school. He was a battle rapper and was involved in many battles in his youth including against rapper Young Thug.

6lack Age

Ricardo is 26 years old as of 2018. She was born on June 24, 1992.

6lack Music Career

In July 2011, 6lack signed a record deal with Flo Rida’s International Music Group and Strong Arm Records. One he was signed, he left Valdosta State University and he spent the next few years learning about the industry. He spent five years with the label, putting music out on his SoundCloud account.

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He had little financial security and spent most of his time sleeping in the studio or outside on the street after moving to Miami to work on music with the record label. He eventually left the label due to issues over artistic license and management. Later in 2015, he announced that he had joined the musical collective Spillage Village. This was after living with the members of EarthGang, and appearing on four tracks of Spillage Village EP called Bears Like This Too in 2015.

He later left the label and signed with LoveRenaissance and Interscope Records. Rolling Stone, in November 2016, included 6lack in their list of “10 New Artists You Need to Know”. 6lack later released his debut studio album, Free 6lack, which peaked at number 34 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album’s single “Prblms” peaked at number 73 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and became his first platinum record.

In April 2017, he joined Canadian singer The Weeknd as the opening act for his Legend of the Fall tour in North America.

6black East Atlanta Love Letter

In April 2018, he released the single “OTW” with Khalid and Ty Dolla Sign, which reached at number 57 on the Billboard Hot 100. It became his highest peaking song on the Hot 100. He later released the first single for his sophomore album, “Switch” on June 22, 2018, with a music video released on July 16.

On August 17, 2-18, the album’s second single “Nonchalant” was released with its accompanying music video. On September 14, 2018, he released his second studio album, East Atlanta Love Letter, featuring guest appearances from Future, J. Cole, Offset and Khalid. In October 2018, he started a tour for the promotion of the album, with opening acts THEY., Tierra Whack, Boogie, Deante’ Hitchcock, Summer Walker, and Ari Lennox.

He later featured on several other songs, such as “Waves” by Normani.

Gettin Old 6lack Lyrics

6lack Album

He has 4 albums.

  • East Atlanta Love Letter (2018)
  • Free 6lack (2016)
  • The Get Down Part II: Original Soundtrack From The Netflix Original Series (2017)
  • Unforgettable Hip Hop (2016)

 Free 6lack

Free 6lack is the debut studio album of 6lack which was released on December 9, 2016, by LoveRenaissance and Interscope Records. This album was supported by two singles; “Ex Calling” and “Prblms” and it was nominated at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards for Best Urban Contemporary Album.

  • Never Know
  • Rules
  • Prblms
  • Free
  • Learn Ya
  • MTFU
  • Gettin’ Old
  • Worst Luck
  • Ex Calling
  • Alone / EA6
  • Luving U

6lack Ex Calling

6lack Ex Calling Lyrics

6lack Songs

Song
Album
Year
Pretty Little Fears
East Atlanta Love Letter
2018
PRBLMS
Free 6lack
2016
Free
2016
Ex Calling
2016
Cutting Ties
2018
One Way
2016
Nonchalant
East Atlanta Love Letter
2018
Switch
East Atlanta Love Letter
2018
First Fuck
2017
Luving U
Free 6lack
2016
East Atlanta Love Letter
East Atlanta Love Letter
2018
Never Know
Free 6lack
2016
That Far
2016
Sorry
East Atlanta Love Letter
2018
Worst Luck
Free 6lack
2016
MTFU
2016
Glock Six
2016
Learn Ya
2016
Bless Me
2016
Disconnect
East Atlanta Love Letter
2018
Gettin’ Old
Free 6lack
2016
In Between
2016
Loaded Gun
East Atlanta Love Letter
2018
Balenciaga Challenge
East Atlanta Love Letter
2018
Alone / EA6
Free 6lack
2016
Loyal
2016
Rules
Free 6lack
2016
Shaolin’s Theme / Pray
The Get Down
2016
Unfair
East Atlanta Love Letter
2018
Grab The Wheel
2017
Let Her Go
East Atlanta Love Letter
2018
Seasons
East Atlanta Love Letter
2018

6lack Prblms Lyrics

6lack Never Know Lyrics

Luving U 6lack Lyrics

6lack Twitter

6lack Instagram

6lack Interview

Source: https://www.complex.com/

Is East Atlanta Love Letter a letter to your listeners, or is it directed to your loved ones past and present?

I would say that it’s a mixture of both. It’s definitely my best way of communicating some of my most recent thoughts. It’s also just to open a conversation for other people to be able to decipher what’s going on in their lives and what they might need to talk about and clear up or fix.

You sent your fans postcards with all of these questions about love. How did you settle on these specific questions, and why were they important to you?

The questions were important for a number of reasons. Some of them weren’t even necessarily questions that I would ask somebody. But it wasn’t solely about me; it was about what I know people talk about, what people worry about, and have different rules for. I asked a lot of questions that reflected things that I would want to know, as far as soulmates and things like that. And then I asked questions that other people might have more interest in discussing or figuring out: “What do you consider cheating?” “Do you just have one soulmate or do you have more?” Different things, different people, and different personalities give people the option to be able to answer whatever fits them the most.

Which of these questions is most difficult for you to answer?

For myself, specifically, it would probably start with: “Has love ever deterred you from accomplishing your goals?” I did feel like that at an earlier point in my life. Now I have a better understanding of standing on my own two versus relying on a relationship.

You’re reserved and a little bit introverted, but when it comes to your fans, you’re very open and always reaching out to them. How do you find that balance of staying to yourself but also being very approachable?

I figure it out day by day. I am naturally to myself and I would rather have my own space, but I do realize what the effect I have is. My thing is, I’m in this for a reason. I’m in it to help people. So if I have to step out of my comfort zone for a second in order to show my gratitude—or to show that they don’t have to be as uncomfortable as they are—I try my best to do it.
There’s this weird stigma of just being unattainable as an artist. I don’t know where it came from, or why it became the norm, but at the end of the day, I’m a person. I always want to be looked at as a person, so I try not to get that way.

What was it like knowing that you now have a fan base waiting on your music, as compared to the first album?

Obviously it means a lot. I was focused on making sure that I did exactly what I felt like I was supposed to do. We went into this album and I knew it was a continuation of the first project. There’s just a little bit more to the story, or a more present update. Other than that, I had realistic expectations going into this album. I’m not a viral sensation or a megastar or anything like that. I just wanted to take care of the music part, and then we would figure out the response later. I’m just glad that when we dropped, I got to see the internet shift to, “Shit, I’ve been waiting to feel something all year.”

There were some violins on “Sorry.” I don’t remember hearing that much live instrumentation on the last album. Are you trying to incorporate more of that into your new music?

Definitely. For this one, it was just a slower tempo and a bit more musical than the first project. But, like I said, it was just a matter of knowing I wanted to put people in a space where they can feel something. Whether it’s my words, my melodies, or the production, I wanted it all to bring something out of whoever was listening.

On Free 6lack, you didn’t have any collaborations aside from the bonus tracks. What made you want to put other people on your album this time?

I think people had the idea that I don’t really fuck with too many people, or I stay in and don’t really go out too much. So I definitely wanted to have the opportunity to bring people into my world. I might be an introvert by choice, I’m not really into the scene that much, but I do have friends and I do want to bring people into a place where I can give someone a template and they can do or say something that they might not be able to do or say on their project. I just wanted to put together something where I could bring people into my world, and I think with every feature it wasn’t the typical thing that you would hear them on or the typical pocket they would be in.

A lot of the songs on East Atlanta Love Letter seem like they’re about drifting apart. Is this “letter” more about moving on from someone, or are you trying to work things out before you move on?

This album is just a progression of what started on Free 6lack. I think with Free 6lack, I got in a space where—with the success of the album, and touring—I became my project. I started living in those problems versus doing what I was supposed to do, which was write about them and then get through it.
I kind of got stuck in it, because that’s when everyone got introduced to me. I had the hair; I had an image. You can’t really move on because you just dropped this project and now this is who you have to be when you perform. This is what you have to show us and what you have to bring. I got stuck in Free 6lack for a minute, and with this project I have a grip on everything that was going on in Free 6lack. This is my transition period.

You also emphasized the importance of good communication. When did you personally realize that you needed to start communicating better? Are you still working on communicating in real life?

Definitely. I’m still actively working on being better at that, because I got in the habit of thinking just because I wrote it or I sung it, that I don’t have to talk about it. Obviously I have to break that habit. But I think the biggest turning point is when you have a kid. Since having my daughter, a lot of the things that I was in the gray area about before, I don’t have space to be in anymore. I have to figure it out for her sake.