6LACK, also known as Ricardo Valdez Valentine, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter who gained fame in the music industry with his debut studio album “Free 6LACK.” He was born on June 24, 1992, in Baltimore, Maryland, and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
6LACK started his musical journey in high school when he joined a rap group called “Coupe.” After graduation, he pursued music as a solo artist and released his first mixtape “LoveRenaissance” in 2011. Despite gaining some attention, he struggled to find success in the industry and eventually had to take a break from music due to personal and financial struggles.
Rise to Fame
After a hiatus, 6LACK returned to music and signed with LoveRenaissance and Interscope Records in 2016. He released his debut studio album “Free 6LACK” in November of the same year, which received critical acclaim and peaked at number 34 on the US Billboard 200 chart. The album’s lead single “Prblms” also gained widespread popularity and was certified double platinum by the RIAA.
6LACK’s second studio album “East Atlanta Love Letter” was released in September 2018 and featured collaborations with artists such as J. Cole and Khalid. The album debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 chart and earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album in 2019.
Musical Style and Influences
6LACK’s music is famous for its moody and introspective lyrics, with themes that often revolve around heartbreak, relationships, and personal struggles. He has cited artists such as Sade, The-Dream, and T-Pain as major influences on his music.
In addition to his solo work, 6LACK has also collaborated with various artists, including Khalid, Ty Dolla $ign, and Future. He has also been featured on tracks by several high-profile musicians, such as J. Cole’s “A Lot” and Normani’s “Waves.”
6LACK is notoriously private about his personal life, but he has a daughter named Syx Rose Valentine who was born in 2017. He has spoken about the importance of fatherhood and how it has influenced his music.
With his unique style and introspective lyrics, 6LACK has established himself as a prominent figure in the contemporary R&B and hip-hop scene. Despite facing personal struggles early on in his career, he persevered and went on to achieve critical and commercial success with his music.