ARTIST PROFILE

6LACK

Name: Ricardo Valdez Valentine

Birthday: June 24, 1992

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Ricardo Valdez Valentine better known by his stage name 6lack (stylized as 6LACK; pronounced “black”), is an American singer, songwriter, and rapper from Atlanta, Georgia. He is best known for his single “Prblms”, which was released in June 2016. He is currently signed to LoveRenaissance and Interscope Records.

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

6lack signed a record deal with Flo Rida’s International Music Group/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.

6lack’s music focuses 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 has described 6lack’s 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.[

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