I loved every second of this album. The lyrics, the flow, the rhythm, all the way down to the transitions. Big up to 6lack for writing almost every song on this project even though he had some heavy hitting features.
It wasn’t until listening to this particular track list, that I was reminded that Canadian-born Drake and I had little in common. 6 made me feel at home in his lyrics. As the songs progress, he tackles increasingly difficult issues that bring diversity to the black male experience, utilizing a lot of the sing-songy rapperish style I associate with some of Drake’s more subdued bars.
East Atlanta Love Letter is about love. It’s about a grown man’s feelings, his insecurities, and his personal triumphs. I thought it was named beautifully because it is quite literally his love letter to his homeland. Who can’t relate to that? I feel like I lived an hour in his truth and I don’t know this man from John Doe. He delivers realism, maturity, honesty, and a strong sense of individuality while also identifying with a larger black culture rather seamlessly. And that’s why he gets a strong 5 on the Herstun Scale.
Album Highlights —
Fave Songs —
- Loaded Gun
Songs I Skip — (Its so relative here. I love all of them but after hearing the album repeatedly, you do develop least favorites.)
- … Switch isn’t that bad though. I listen to it most time.
- I got nada.
Hope my mistakes don’t make me less of a man.
‘Cause lately it feel like them shits really can.
I’m prayin’ I don’t wake up all alone.
It’s hard to say it, so I write a song.
But that ain’t equal to me rightin’ wrong.
Stuck between a rock and a hard place.
And I might have to figure this out the hard way.
We may not end on our best terms.
Maybe we should love and we should learn.
I don’t wanna fight or be at war,Unfair — Ricardo Valentine
This is a message for y’all:Loaded Gun — Ricardo Valentine
Making my way through the fall.
Loaded, we came for it all.
You only came here to ball.
Don’t shit happen by chance over here.
I pray[ed] to God and then I conquer[ed] my fears.
Since then I done took care of my fam.
Took care of myself.
Took care of my health.
And that ain’t no 360, that’s a 180.
I got one baby.
That’s one lady I’ma answer to.
She be the reason I’m righting my wrongs and shit.
Love is the reason I’m writing these songs and shit.
Those are just a couple of the lyrics I enjoyed. I know that 6lack and some of his other songs will definitely be featured on my Rapper Poet series so I hope that you read on for that because I am looking forward to writing it.
He was a tough artist to find unplugged on YouTube. I did not find an overwhelming amount of good performances to choose from. I think he’s an artist I can enjoy at home without seeing live, unless I am blessed to have a small venue. He seems like an artist that I would prefer to connect with for an hour, rather than party with for an hour. I will say that hearing him accompanied by full orchestra and the electric guitar at the end of the first video is nice but he has a couple of tracks available on itunes doing just that. His Tiny Desk Concert will probably be LEGENDARY.
(Herstun Reviews cover all the album and not the performers’ abilities in live settings. I cover live settings at the end because I always like to know how real the voice is I hear through my headphones.)
Apple Music — Another month of 15 bucks well spent. Lol. Cover art and lyrics source always.
YouTube on the videos.
All thoughts are original.
Ricardo Valentine is 6lack’s name. Thanks for making good music. All his social media links and ways to listen follow. Try him out, and support him if you enjoy him as much as I do!
SoundCloud — Listen to 6lack for Free — Apparently. I cannot confirm. I pay $15 a month so I refuse to press play to listen to it for free. Lmfao. Somebody that ain’t got Apple Music try it out let me know. Lol. Peace y’all.