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6LACK: the rise of a visionary artist

6LACK : l'ascension d'un artiste visionnaire

6LACK's rise in the music world is truly inspiring. In just two years, he went from a precarious life in a recording studio to a nomination for the prestigious Grammy Awards. 6LACK, real name Ricardo Valdez Valentine, credits much of his breakout success to his record label, LVRN, which was instrumental in dramatically changing his life trajectory.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, but raised in Area 6 of East Atlanta, 6LACK takes great pride in his roots. His hometown is not only central to his identity, but it also permeates his art and his pseudonym. The number 6, which he considers to have spiritual significance, is a central element of his stage name.

From a very young age, 6LACK was rocked by music. A rapper from the age of four, he knew how to use his talent to integrate into the many schools he attended. Music was his constant refuge, a way to adapt to each new environment.

2011 marks a turning point in the life of 6LACK. While a student at Valdosta State University, he seized an opportunity that he hoped would transform his life. However, after signing a recording contract, he finds himself trapped in an unfavorable deal that shakes his confidence in the music industry. From great hope to total disillusionment, his journey seemed compromised.

It is in this difficult context that 6LACK's music takes on a new dimension. He channels his trials into his songs, testifying to his determination to overcome obstacles. A car accident in Florida, from which he emerges unscathed, becomes a decisive moment. He sees it as a sign to redouble his efforts and not give up.

The intervention of LVRN, a creative and management collective, is decisive. After signing with them and Interscope, 6LACK released their debut album, 'Free 6LACK', in November 2016. The album reached number 34 on the Billboard 200, and its single 'Prblms' was certified double platinum. From battle rapper to recognized alternative R&B artist, 6LACK is establishing himself on the music scene.

In 2017, the birth of his daughter marked a new chapter in his life. 6LACK aspires to be a role model for her, an example of the type of person she should choose later in life. His family is at the center of his priorities, and he devotes a large part of his time to those close to him.

Her second album, 'East Atlanta Love Letter', released in September 2019, confirms her status as a renowned alternative R&B artist. The album, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's R&B charts, is the result of his hard work and successful partnership with LVRN.

6LACK doesn't just shine in the world of music. He also engages with young people, working with Apprentice Nation to help them find their professional path. His involvement in exclusive concerts for those exploring new opportunities speaks to his desire to give back and inspire others to pursue their dreams.

The story of 6LACK is one of remarkable transformation, of an artist who, despite obstacles, remained true to himself and his vision. Her journey is a powerful reminder that perseverance, talent and the right support can lead to success and self-realization.

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