24-year-old Atlanta singer 6LACK is quickly becoming one of the hottest R&B tickets in the country. In the past eight months, his confident tales of tempestuous relationships past and brooding greyscale Instagram portraits have captivated the internet. His debut album Free 6LACK, released in November, hit #5 on the Billboard rap charts. Last night he brought out surprise guest The Weeknd at his show at The Roxy in Los Angeles.

Born Ricardo Valentine, 6LACK spent the first five years of his life in Baltimore before moving to Atlanta with his family. He is the oldest of three. He laid down his first vocals at age four in his father's home studio. He's been making music ever since, but it wasn't until the second half of 2016 that he began to blow up.

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