14 Songs, 58 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

FREE 6LACK gets its title from the label struggles that initially forbid the Atlanta singer from releasing some of the moody and hypnotic R&B that would go on to make up the album's foundation. He’d triumph over those issues, eventually releasing “PRBLMS,” a dank and plodding song about a relationship the raspy crooner was forced to give up on, which, along with a then-small catalog, landed him the first co-sign in Apple Music’s Up Next program. The whole of FREE 6LACK is a vibe, the singer reckoning with his relationship troubles to date—one so relatable that it would earn him a GRAMMY® nom for Best Rap/Sung Performance.

EDITORS’ NOTES

FREE 6LACK gets its title from the label struggles that initially forbid the Atlanta singer from releasing some of the moody and hypnotic R&B that would go on to make up the album's foundation. He’d triumph over those issues, eventually releasing “PRBLMS,” a dank and plodding song about a relationship the raspy crooner was forced to give up on, which, along with a then-small catalog, landed him the first co-sign in Apple Music’s Up Next program. The whole of FREE 6LACK is a vibe, the singer reckoning with his relationship troubles to date—one so relatable that it would earn him a GRAMMY® nom for Best Rap/Sung Performance.

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About 6LACK

Dazed slow jams are the primary mode of Atlanta-based contemporary R&B/rap artist Ricardo Valentine, a singer-slash-MC who goes by the name 6LACK ("black"). Prior to connecting with LVRN (Love Renaissance), the creative agency that has supported fellow Georgia native Raury, Valentine was signed to a label that he felt restricted his creativity. After a few years of being held back, he made significant gains -- across 2015 and 2016 -- with contributions to the Spillage Village compilation Bears Like This Too, as well as singles such as "Bless Me" and "Loyal." Once he was linked with Interscope, "Prblms" was officially released in September 2016 as his first major-label-affiliated track. The following month, it entered Billboard's Twitter Emerging Artists chart at number five. That single set up the release of FREE 6LACK, his debut album, which arrived the following month. The effort peaked in the Billboard Top 40 and climbed to number five on the rap chart. The following year, 6lack released a series of singles, including "First Fuck" with Jhene Aiko and "That Far." ~ Andy Kellman

  • ORIGIN
    Atlanta, GA
  • GENRE
    R&B/Soul
  • BORN
    June 24, 1992

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