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Published on July 18th, 2018 | by Jameelah "Just Jay" Wilkerson


6LACK – Switch

On “Switch,” 6LACK expands on the moody R&B/hip-hop hybrid previously heard on “Prblms”—a 2016 release that earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap/Sung Performance. With its hypnotic melody and smooth beats, “Switch” also shows the subtle power of 6LACK’s vocals.

6LACK is now at work on the follow-up to FREE 6LACK, his full-length debut. Arriving in fall 2016, FREE 6LACK scored a Grammy Award nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album, with its double-platinum lead single “Prblms” amassing more than 99 million Spotify streams to date.

Last November, 6LACK celebrated the one-year anniversary of FREE 6LACK by delivering three new tracks: “Glock Six,” “In Between” ft. BANKS, and “One Way” ft. T-Pain. He also spent much of 2017 on the road, which included supporting Migos in New Zealand and Australia and opening for The Weeknd on his Starboy: Legend of the Fall Tour. In February 2018, 6LACK premiered an atmospheric slow jam named “Cutting Ties.”

Born Ricardo Valdez Valentine, 6LACK was raised in Atlanta’s Zone 6 and had his first recording experience at his father’s studio at the age of four. Inspired by R&B and soul artists like Sade and Usher, he taught himself to sing as a teenager and began writing intensely personal songs that drew from his relationships and experiences with homelessness. Soon after joining Atlanta-based creative collective LoveRenaissance (LVRN), he landed a deal with Interscope Records and set to work on FREE 6LACK. Hailed by Rolling Stone as “a brooding rumination on feeling free that plays like a hip-hop-informed version of The xx’s tight and skeletal gloom,” the album climbed to #34 on the Billboard 200.

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