ⓘ 6lack


ⓘ 6lack

Ricardo Valdez Valentine, Jr., known professionally as 6lack, is an American singer, rapper and songwriter.

He initially gained notable recognition following the release of his single, "Prblms", taken from his debut album, Free 6lack, which was released in November 2016. He released his second album, East Atlanta Love Letter in September 2018, which peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 chart. 6lack is currently signed to LoveRenaissance and Interscope Records. He is also a member of the Atlanta-Baltimore music collective Spillage Village, founded by EarthGang and JID.

6lack has received three Grammy Award nominations and has won an MTV Video Music Award.


1. Early life

Valentine, Jr. was born on June 24, 1992 in Baltimore, Maryland and moved to Atlanta, Georgia with his parents in 1997. He is the oldest of 3 siblings. Valentines first recording experience was when he was 4 years of age, at his fathers studio. He began rapping in middle school as a battle rapper and was involved in many battles in his youth including against rapper Young Thug.


2.1. Career 2011–2017: Beginnings and Free 6lack

6lack signed a record deal with Flo Ridas International Music Group and Strong Arm Records in July 2011. He left Valdosta State University once he signed, and spent the next few years learning about the industry. 6lack spent five years with the label, putting music out on his SoundCloud account. 6lack 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. 6lack eventually left his label due to issues over artistic license and management. In 2015, 6lack announced that he had joined the musical collective Spillage Village after living with the members of EarthGang, and appeared on four tracks of Spillage Village EP called Bears Like This Too in 2015.

Once he left the label, he signed with a label LoveRenaissance and Interscope Records. In November 2016, Rolling Stone included 6lack in their list of "10 New Artists You Need to Know". He then went on to release his debut studio album, Free 6lack, which peaked at number 34 on the Billboard 200 chart. The albums 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 opening act for his Legend of the Fall tour in North America.


2.2. Career 2018–present: East Atlanta Love Letter

In April 2018, he released the single "OTW" with Khalid and Ty Dolla Sign, which has reached at number 57 on the Billboard Hot 100. "OTW" became 6lacks highest peaking song on the Hot 100. The first single for his sophomore album, "Switch", was released on June 22, 2018 with a music video released on July 16. "Nonchalant" was released as the albums second single on August 17, with its accompanying music video. On September 14, 2018, 6lack released his second studio album, East Atlanta Love Letter, featuring guest appearances from Future, J. Cole, Offset and Khalid. The albums release was preceded by the singles "Switch" and "Nonchalant." In October 2018, 6lack started a tour for the promotion of the album, with opening acts THEY., Tierra Whack, Boogie, Deante Hitchcock, Summer Walker, and Ari Lennox. 6lack later featured on several other songs, such as "Waves" by Normani. and "Crowed Room" by Selena Gomez.


3. Artistry

6lacks music focuses or is based on personal and business relationships frequently, especially the topic of heartbreak. 6lack has said that his songwriting is influenced mainly by his personal experiences and failed relationships. Billboard magazine has described 6lacks music as "moody hip hop" that "spotlights vulnerability and honesty in a way the emoji generation can understand." 6lack has cited Sade, T-Pain, The-Dream and Usher as his influences.


4. Tours


  • From East Atlanta With Love Tour 2018


  • DreamVille Festival April, 2019
  • Starboy: Legend of the Fall Tour with The Weeknd 2017