Atlanta rapper, 6LACK, releases his new EP, “6pc Hot”
He may not be a household name just yet but 6LACK knows how to maximize his artistry and heritage like no other. The low-strung and melodious flow of beats and the smooth, lush style of vocal arrangements are reminiscent of the classic 00’s R&B. At the same time, he mimics late-night melancholy of Drake and the artistic cues of Frank Ocean. His latest EP, “6pc Hot” commemorates 6LACK’s Atlanta roots and youth—even more so portrayed on the EP’s title which he named after his favourite neighborhood wing spot. He even released his own hot sauce called, 600 Degrees, to promote his project.
The 6-track EP takes listeners first to “ATL Freestyle”—a soothing bittersweet rush of emotions about his life in Atlanta before his fame—all the way to “Know My Rights” featuring Lil. Baby—which is about his life as a black rapper and the stereotypes that come along with being black. He even captures his ability to adapt into any type of song with any type of artist with his track with Lil. Baby really well. Lil. Baby’s edgy and uptight with his flow and rhythm, which is completely contradictory to 6LACK’s laid-back aura. At times, Lil. Baby struggles to play catch up to his idiosyncratic flow, but they make it work.
“I thought 6LACK’ s new EP was one of his best projects to date. He’s back with his “chilling in Atlanta” vibe and delivers the flow and punch lines well to prove even more that his run of hit songs won’t stop anytime soon,” Scott Chapman, an avid 6LACK listener and Toronto rapper says. “I enjoy the ego he has attained over the years, while still sticking to his roots, and talking about his daughter.”
With lyrics from his song “Float” like, “If you took me for granted, that’s a shame / Make sure you love me ‘fore the world go out in flames / Hey God, listen, it’s been too hard / Joke’s on us, but why stop?”, 6LACK sings about trying to stay afloat amid the hardships he’s faced and the civil unrest happening around the world as a result of the unjust murder of George Floyd. He’s truthful but not too blunt. He’s sweet with his words but hateful with some. He knows how to turn his nonchalant delivery into delicate, sweet nothingness of beauty and yearning, making him one of the best R&B artists of the year.