6LACK, Maryland’s sensational R&B and rap artist is bringing his signature sounds to the Rebel Toronto!
6LACK (pronounced Black) is the stage name of singer, songwriter, and rapper Ricardo Valdez Valentine. Born in Baltimore in 1996, he began his musical journey with battle rapping. He said in an interview, “Middle school is when I got super obsessed with battle rapping. Cassidy was my favorite battle rapper ever. All day in school, if I wasn't doing my work, I would be battling in the cafeteria, on the track outside the gym, in the hallways. Somebody would always be tapping me, like, ‘Yo, somebody think they can freestyle better than you.’ And I'd be like, ‘Cool, well, let's go figure it out.’” He went on to create a musical style that’s best described as a blend of contemporary R&B (a genre that combines elements of rhythm and blues, soul, funk, pop, hip hop, and dance), pop rap (a genre that fuses the rhythm based lyricism of hip hop music with pop music's preference for melodious vocals, catchy choruses, and lyrics that are often light hearted), and trap (a subgenre of Southern hip hop that originated in the 1990s and is characterized by ominous lyrics, heavy kick drums from a Roland TR 808 synthesizer, double time division hi hats, and layered synthesizers). He’s had a stellar career with 1 studio album and 6 singles.
Don't miss your chance to see this artist add a unique touch to R&B and rap music!