6LACK On Why 'East Atlanta Love Letter' Is the Best R&B Album Of 2018: 'I Had Stories to Tell'


“I knew I wasn’t going to present followers the naked minimal.”

Over the course of the following few weeks, Billboard might be permitting artists behind a number of the yr’s most notable R&B releases the chance to talk on why their respective albums need to be topped the highest venture of 2018. The first artist to talk on his profitable run this yr is Grammy-nominated R&B artist, 6LACK, for his masterful sophomore album, East Atlanta Love Letter. — As informed to Carl Lamarre

Honestly, when East Atlanta Love Letter was all stated and performed was after I realized I had one of the best R&B venture of 2018. Mixed, mastered. It took me just a few weeks to hearken to it in any case of that, as a result of I had heard those self same songs for thus lengthy at that time and I used to be like, “I want a break to refresh my ears."

From an emotional standpoint, it makes folks really feel. From a songwriting standpoint, it combines hip-hop and R&B and delivers lyrically. It delivers so far as melody goes, it delivers so far as texture goes. It nonetheless has another really feel in some songs.

Also, simply in reference to the primary venture — I really feel like they go collectively. It’s two totally different tales, however in the identical time-frame so far as the final two years of my life. You have all the pieces that occurred as much as Free 6LACK, then all the pieces that’s occurred since then. Story-wise, writing-wise, and content-wise, we simply did one thing that linked with folks identical to we did the primary time. That’s all it’s ever about, with me a minimum of. What are folks going to really feel after they hear this? What are folks going to assume after they learn the phrases?   

I had tales to inform and I knew I wasn't going to simply give followers the naked minimal. I used to be going to present the stuff that may make somebody name me and be offended and go away a loopy voice message or textual content me one thing wild. I gotta inform tales, as a result of folks want to listen to them, and other people must know that another person goes via the identical stuff. It makes the present higher. People are singing, persons are crying, persons are laughing. The exhibits are an entire whole expertise and it wouldn’t be that if my songs had been simply naked minimal.   

On each albums, the principle factor was to all the time preserve a powerful feminine presence. With Free 6LACK, I Iaced some songs with feminine background vocals, like on “Learn Ya” and “Free.” These are issues that sound like a pattern if you hearken to them, however they’re mates of mine. With this album, I noticed I didn’t have any feminine options on it, which wasn’t on objective however nothing labored out in time. I used to be like, "How do I preserve that perspective? How I’m telling my facet of the story however how one other facet remains to be wanted?" That's why the skits had been tremendous essential on East Atlanta.

In phrases of options for East Atlanta, it was solely about bringing different folks into my world. I do keep to myself, so folks don’t actually know who I work with or who I fuck with or who I’m mates with. So I made a decision to herald people who find themselves from totally different realms — like Cole, Khalid, Offset — however to make all of it cohesive and provides them a chance to do one thing that they in all probability wouldn’t do on their tune or album. I wished to try this and have it make sense — as a result of if you have a look at it, it’s like, “Future, Cole and Khalid? Offset?” It seems in all places in some sort of manner, however then you definately hear it, and it really works.