For a genre that’s saturated with so much of the same monotonous artists singing over the same sounding beats, Atlanta-based singer-songwriter 6lack manages to rise above the wackness to deliver something fresher than a brand new pair of Nikes. Born in Baltimore before finding a home in the A-T- L, Ricardo Valdez Valentine, better known as 6black (pronounced “black”), began releasing music through his Soundcloud account before signing with LoveRenaissance and Interscope Records. His debut studio album, Free 6lack, peaked at number 34 on the Billboard 200 chart. Valentine was also guest performer on The Weeknd's Legend of the Fall
Tour, and performed his song "Prblms" from his debut album during a break in the headliner's set. Part R&B, part rap, and all soul, Valentine proves that there’s always room for more in the ever expanding sub-genres of hip-hop.