After releasing his debut Free 6lack last November and securing a spot on The Weeknd’s Legend of the Fall world tour, 6lack lands a collaboration with sultry songstress Jhene Aiko for the blunt track “First F–k.”
The pair trade lines about their first rendezvous under the sheets, using a scandalous no-holds-barred kind of approach. “I’ma make it mine for the night, got me pulling on your hair,” croons 6lack as Aiko boldly declares, “I bet you’ll love me more after that first f–k.” “I could probably make 100 songs in my sleep,” brags Atlanta hip-hop artist 6lack (pronounced “black”) on “Never Know,” the opener to his LVRN/Interscope Records debut album Free 6lack. Settle down with the 11-track set and the claim may not be too far-fetched. 6lack’s brand of moody hip-hop not only champions the DIY model of hustling but spotlights vulnerability and honesty in a way the emoji generation can understand.
The songs play out like a journal, touching on relationships both personal and professional. In 2011, 6lack entered a shady record deal that kept him trapped for five years. He then slowly began to build with LoveRenaissance (LVRN), the ATL-based collective that includes signee Raury. In the midst of his label battle, he also grabbed inspiration for his deep cuts from exes.
“I wanted [the album] to serve as kind of a statement for everything, summarize the last five to six years of my life,” he tells Billboard. “I wanted to make a statement that I’m free from my older relationships and I’m free from all ways of thinking and my old feelings.” Now, the 24-year-old born Ricardo Valentine — who laid down his first lyric in the studio when he was four years old — has taken advantage of his freedom to release an emotional gumbo that includes the previously released singles, the zero-f—s-given track “PRBLMS” and the #girlbye offering “Ex Calling.” He also beats his chest for songs like “Luving U” and takes a pro-love stance on “Gettin’ Old.” The finale of the feature-less project comes in the nine-minute track “Alone / EA6,” where 6lack firmly says he is sticking to his own formula and belief system, even if it means riding it out solo.
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