6lack Biography

'6lack' is the pseudonym of Ricardo Valdez Valentine, a ‘Grammy’-nominated American rapper, singer, and songwriter. Check out this biography to know about his childhood, family, personal life, career, and achievements.

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Birthday: June 24, 1992

Nationality: American

Famous: Rappers Black Singers

Age: 27 Years, 27 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Cancer

Also Known As: Ricardo Valdez Valentine

Born in: Baltimore, Maryland

Famous as: Rapper

City: Baltimore, Maryland

U.S. State: Maryland, African-American From Maryland

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Ricardo Valdez Valentine, better known by his stage name, “6lack,” is a ‘Grammy’-nominated American rapper. He is best known for his breakthrough single, ‘Prblms,’ and studio albums ‘Free 6lack’ and ‘East Atlanta Love Letter.’ He entered the rap scene as a battle rapper while he was still in middle school. He initially signed with Flo Rida's ‘International Music Group /Strongarm’ and left ‘Valdosta State University’ to focus on music. For the next 5 years, he showcased his talent in music through his ‘SoundCloud’ account. Eventually, he felt that the label he signed with restricted his creativity. He thus quit the label. He featured in four tracks of the EP ‘Bears Like This Too’ by ‘Spillage Village’ after joining the musical collective as a member. He later signed with ‘LoveRenaissance’ and ‘Interscope Records’ and released his breakthrough single, ‘Prblms,’ which earned him initial recognition. This also marked his first “platinum” record. The song was part of Ricardo’s debut studio album, ‘Free 6lack.’ He later continued to earn fame with other releases such as his second studio album, ‘East Atlanta Love Letter,’ and the single ‘OTW,’ a collaborative effort with Khalid and Ty Dolla Sign.

Childhood & Early Life
  • In July 2011, Ricardo signed a record deal with Flo Rida's label, ‘International Music Group/Strongarm,’ following which he left ‘Valdosta State University.’ In the ensuing years, he decided to learn more about the industry. He eventually relocated to Miami for work. He struggled financially. He slept in the studio and even on the streets.
  • During his tenure with ‘International Music Group/Strongarm,’ Ricardo posted his music on his ‘SoundCloud’ account. With time, issues related to artistic license and management started brewing between the record label and the rapper, with the latter feeling that the label restricted his creativity. He finally left the label after 5 years.
  • Meanwhile, after living with Johnny Venus and Doctur Dot of the American hip-hop duo ‘EarthGang,’ Ricardo announced in 2015 that he had become a member of the American musical collective ‘Spillage Village’ from Atlanta, Georgia. The group was originally founded by Johnny and Doctur. Ricardo featured in four tracks of the EP ‘Bears Like This Too’ released by ‘Spillage Village’ on July 6 that year.
  • Ricardo went on to sign with ‘LoveRenaissance’ and ‘Interscope Records.’ On September 23, 2016, he released the single ‘Prblms’ through them. The song became part of his first studio album, ‘Free 6lack,’ which released on November 18 that year. While the song reached number 72 on ‘Billboard Hot 100’ and emerged as the first “double platinum” record of the rapper, it peaked at number 34 on ‘Billboard 200.’ Both the album and the song fetched ‘Grammy’ nominations in the categories ‘Best Urban Contemporary Album’ and ‘Best Rap/Sung Performance,’ respectively.
  • The rapper found a place on the list of ‘10 New Artists You Need to Know’ of the American monthly magazine ‘Rolling Stone’ in November 2016.
  • From April 25, 2017 to June 9, 2017, Ricardo, along with Rae Sremmurd and Belly, performed as opening acts in the North American spell of the ‘Starboy: Legend of the Fall Tour.’ It was the sixth concert tour of Canadian singer and songwriter The Weeknd, geared toward promoting his third studio album, ‘Starboy’ (2016).
  • On April 20, 2018, Ricardo, along with Khalid and Ty Dolla Sign, released the single ‘OTW’ through ‘RCA Records.’ The song was featured on several charts. It peaked at number 6 on the ‘Hot R&B Songs’ chart (Billboard) and at number 57 on the ‘Billboard Hot 100.’ It thus became the highest-charting song of the rapper on the ‘Hot 100’ chart. Other non-album singles of Ricardo include ‘Bless Me’ (2016), ‘First Fuck’ (2017) with Jhené Aiko, and ‘Grab the Wheel’ (2017) with Timbaland and ‘Cutting Ties’ (2018).
  • His second studio album, ‘East Atlanta Love Letter,’ was released through ‘LoveRenaissance’ and ‘Interscope Records’ on September 14, 2018. The album featured guest appearances by Khalid, Offset, J. Cole, and Future. It was supported by two singles, ‘Switch’ and ‘Nonchalant,’ released on June 22 and August 17, in 2018, respectively. Ricardo went on a promotional tour for the album in October 2018, which included opening acts by Ari Lennox, Summer Walker, Deante' Hitchcock, Boogie, Tierra Whack, and THEY.
  • The song ‘Pretty Little Fears,’ featuring J. Cole, from the album ‘East Atlanta Love Letter,’ fetched Ricardo yet another ‘Grammy’ nomination, in 2019, in the ‘Best Rap/Sung Performance’ category,.
  • Over the years, the rapper has also featured in tracks of other artists. These include ‘Spar’ (2017) by Dreezy, ‘Waves’ (2018) by Normani, and ‘Only Want You’ (2019) by Rita Ora.
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Family & Personal Life
  • Ricardo made an announcement informing about the birth of his daughter, Syx Rose Valentine, with model and writer Jaycina Almond, in February 2017. Jaycina was featured in the music video of ‘Prblms.’
  • The rapper once mentioned Usher, The-Dream, T-Pain, and Sade as the inspirational forces behind his music.

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