Album Review — East Atlanta Love Letter — 6lack

Herstun Scale — 5

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 —

  • Unfair
  • Loaded Gun
  • Disconnect
  • Scripture
  • Stan

Songs I Skip — (Its so relative here. I love all of them but after hearing the album repeatedly, you do develop least favorites.)

  • Switch
  • … 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,
with you

Unfair — Ricardo Valentine

This is a message for y’all:
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.

Loaded Gun — Ricardo Valentine

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.

6lack Live

6lack performing PRBLMS live from a previous album. A little rough.
6lack covering Erykah Badu in studio. He sounds much cleaner here.

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!

East Atlanta Love Letter Website

Instagram — @6lack

Facebook — 6LACK

Spotify — 6LACK

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.

Published by W.D. Herstun

Editor-in-Chief. Curator. Dreamer. I want to bring people together, one story at a time. Sometimes, we all just need a little perspective. The arts & humanities can help us regain humanity and change the world. Believe that. Achieve that. #LetsGrow

26 thoughts on “Album Review — East Atlanta Love Letter — 6lack

  1. omg we are maybe a bestie loving hip hop music..hip hop thursday is back tomorrow 8 am for you (Melbourne Time) hahaha its about Young M.A gurllll

      1. Nicee one…by the way you can call me Belinda hahahaha I love other hip hop music too like on different languages you know ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

      2. Oh great! Please suggest some!! I would really, really like that Belinda. Lol. Itโ€™s such a huge world of international rap I donโ€™t even know where to begin. (I think I know a few British… maybe. And Iโ€™m good on reggae and reggae tonight ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ โ€” Got the islands super covered!)

      3. I know right and I think some of the songs are able to teach young people, more about other people’s culture because someone like me is very ignorant at first until I live in Melbourne and having more people with diverse culture ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

      4. Haha. The best part of ignorance is that thereโ€™s so much to learn from there. So Iโ€™m hype too. Iโ€™ll def be watching you to learn too. Lol. Australian hip-hop. Chinese. French rap. Whatever. Sounds lit. Count me in. ๐Ÿ˜‚

      5. Hahaha Yass I’m planing to take journalism next year…so yeah but I currently in International Business that’s why I have this cultural studies too. And I think it’s the best way to understand them, social and political ways ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜Š

      6. Maybe we can make youtube discussion next time. Because I don’t know much about the culture because I lived in Asia (Indonesia) that I think it’s not open yet to more culture like African American or the other minority โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š

      7. Fuck yeah to some Melbourne hip hop. And dude. Major key, a lot of these guys arenโ€™t great in big venues. Unless they have multimillion dollar production, rap isnโ€™t really performance oriented in my opinion. Not like singing or theater.

      8. I mean he is amazing, so I just know about him, and if you like UK rap maybe you should try Dave
        Japanese one maybe KOHH, he’s a bit crazy, or if you know the clothing line BAPE or Bathing Ape, you must check out Teriyaki Boyz
        I think studying in other country and being Asian myself I also experienced racism yeah that’s my goal we’re all the same and can enjoy the same think #deep

      9. Iโ€™m definitely going to add them for an international week and tag you in the post. Iโ€™ll hit u up before I post, maybe it can be co-written.

      10. Rap as an international vessel for the disenfranchised or the discriminates against… thatโ€™s powerful stuff theoretically speaking.

      11. Its cool. I like writing way better than video. Lol. But I’m open to it if that’s your line of communication. I would rather write something with you. Either way, we will work together on some content for the future.

      12. Lol. Iโ€™m gonna check it out right after dinner! ๐Ÿ˜Žโ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿšจ๐Ÿšจ๐Ÿšจ Iโ€™m hype, itโ€™s cool ppl in Australian banging her too.

  2. I have never heard of this before. But found it very interesting to read, I may head on over and have a listen. Thank you for sharing your post. You blog is lovely x

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