East Atlanta Love Letter


Jun 14, 2019

The Bittersweet Decision

Never showed interest in this young man until I heard a friend play “Pretty Little Fears” and then I proceeded to download his sophomore album. After much peruse of East Atlanta Love Letter, I decided to give his debut album a shot, “perhaps, his improvement on East Atlanta Love Letter might just be that little from Free 6LACK”, well I was right and wrong at the same time. The first time I came across the name 6LACK was in 2017, the second semester in my 300level Psychology. I took shelter in a duplex with a Boys Quarter, but didn’t give out the Boys Quarter until the latter part of 2016, I was used to living alone and didn’t like neighbors due to disturbances, especially students. I was quite advanced in age than the average student, had working experiences and also knew about financial independence. An old Secondary School (High School) mate hit me up early on in 2015 about his nephew being in the same University I also went, and I should help look out for him; take care of him in any way I can. Decide to lookout for this young chap, he was cool, passionate about music as well, but since he was a generation below mine, he was more into the new sound, mumble rap and the likes; Travis Scott, Bryson Tiller, all the Lils and so on so forth. Decided to give out the Boys Quarter to him and his friends, which was kind of my worst decision ever, I guess that was one of the reasons I really never fancied mumble music and their choice of sound because they were nothing short of nuisance; dirty, lackadaisical, and thoughtlessness. I should have just shoved it towards teenagers trying to experience life their own way, which was why I never wanted to give out the Boys Quarters in the first place. Anyways, it was 2017, still in the first week of Kendrick Lamar’s Damn, a conscious hip hop album, I was seated at the driveway to the house under a coconut tree, enjoying the songs, then I caught the figure of the bloke that was under my protection walking back from school and then up the driveway, he then approached me, sat next to me and proceeded into a conversation. He then asked if I’ve heard 6LACK, that I would love him.

Written by @OBP from Omobaba Pension
Apr 26, 2019

6LACK’s East Atlanta Love Letter: The Letter That Made The Difference

6LACK delivered a sophomore album in the last quarter of 2018 and it was quite a handful. It had only four features; J. Cole, Offset, Future, and Khalid. This album was sprinkled all over with hip-hop, even though it is an R&B album. The arrangement of songs was so intentional and properly done that you’d find it difficult to skip a track as that hip-hopish beat, which by the way was properly produced, along side the rendered harmonics in some of them will definitely burning that time to listen to every track on it. I’ve always heard of 6LACK, but at that point, I was having difficulty trying out new artistes as Trap and Mumble rap was the new trend back then, hence I stayed away from new acts. When the second album dropped, I was actually urged to give it a go by friends that it wasn’t trap and all that. I did and become a stan of his. He has a way with his style of singing, his delivery being flawless. Takes his time with every line and ensures to pronounce every word and syllable, you get to follow him down the entire story his trying to tell and pulls you along till the end of the song, he his gifted like that. There’s a standing myth or legend in the music world that a rapper that switches to singing then makes it or rappers/singers that can sing/rap as well, usually has more quality songs than regular R&B and Pop stars that started straight out as a singer. Consider the likes of Ed Sheeran and Jon Bellion with more words in their songs than other singers in their genres. 6LACK’s unique voice actually adds light to the entire package; you can’t really compare his style of music to another R&B Legend, dead or alive, 6LACK is 6LACK, not R. Kelly, not Usher, not Chris Brown, he’s just 6LACK. Also, it’s worthy to note that his songs do not trigger any yesteryears song; they are that unique. His confidence should also not be overlooked as he came to etch his name into the concrete walkway of R&B and gave a lot of R&B stars a run for their money with the songs on the album. The album didn’t lack bass as well, one would think it’s a trap album, only to be disappointed and then get elated again with the fact.

Written by @OBP from Omobaba Pension

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