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Free 6lack (stylized in all caps) is the debut studio album by American singer 6lack.[3] It was released on November 18, 2016, by LoveRenaissance and Interscope Records.[4] The album was supported by two singles: "Ex Calling" and "Prblms". It was nominated at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards for Best Urban Contemporary Album.

Free 6lack
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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 18, 2016[1]
Recorded2016
Genre
Length58:21
Label
Producer
6lack chronology
Free 6lack
(2016)
East Atlanta Love Letter
(2018)
Singles from Free 6lack
  1. "Ex Calling"
    Released: July 25, 2016
  2. "Prblms"
    Released: September 23, 2016

Contents

ReleaseEdit

On November 13, 2017, three additional new songs were added to the album to celebrate the album's anniversary.[5]

SinglesEdit

The first single from the album, "Ex Calling", was released on July 25, 2016.[6] The song contains samples of "Perkys Calling" by Future from the mixtape Purple Reign.[7] The music video for "Ex Calling" was released on December 5, 2016.[8]

The second single from the album, "Prblms", was released on September 23, 2016.[9] The music video for "Problems", featuring 6lack rapping next to a grizzly bear,[10] was released on October 14, 2016.[11]

Commercial performanceEdit

Free 6lack debuted at number 68 on the US Billboard 200 for the chart dated December 10, 2016 and has since peaked at number 34.[12]

Track listingEdit

Album credits were adapted from Tidal.[13]

Free 6lack[4]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Never Know"
4:09
2."Rules"
  • Valentine
  • Trevor Slade
  • David Moreau-Hispard
  • Joshua Scruggs
  • Ozan Yildirim
  • Syk Sense
  • OZ
  • Singawd
3:31
3."Prblms"
  • Valentine
  • Jeryn Peters
Nova4:06
4."Free"
  • Valentine
  • Peters
4:23
5."Learn Ya"
  • Valentine
  • Slade
  • Jakob Rabitsch
  • Harry Edwards
  • Singawd
  • Rabitsch
3:35
6."MTFU"
  • Valentine
  • Bankole
  • Andre Robertson
  • FWDSLXSH
  • Bizness Boi
  • JT Gagarin[b]
3:28
7."Luving U"
  • Valentine
  • Slade
  • Matthew Kidd
Singawd4:12
8."Gettin' Old"
Isaac3:35
9."Worst Luck"
  • Valentine
  • Rabitsch
  • Slade
  • Jared Gagarin
  • David Biral
  • Denzel Michael-Akil Baptiste
  • Jahphet Landis
  • Karl Brutus
3:26
10."Ex Calling"3:31
11."Alone / EA6"
9:13
Total length:47:00

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
  • ^[b] signifies an additional producer
  • ^[c] signifies an uncredited producer

Sample credits

  • "Rules" contains samples of "Shadow Knows" performed by Aqua Nebula Oscillator.[15]
  • "Luving U" contains a sample of Slow Meadow's original composition "Lachrymosia".[16]
  • "Ex Calling" contains samples of "Perkys Calling" performed by Future.[7]

PersonnelEdit

Album credits were adapted from AllMusic and Tidal.[17]

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[23] Gold 500,000 

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Duricy, Brian (November 29, 2016). "6LACK: FREE 6LACK". PopMatters. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  2. ^ "FREE 6LACK – 6LACK". AllMusic. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  3. ^ Platon, Adelle. "6lack Talks Industry Growing Pains, Love Songs & Moody Debut Album 'Free 6lack'". Billboard. Billboard. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  4. ^ a b "FREE 6LACK by 6LACK on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  5. ^ Street, Mikelle (November 14, 2017). "6lack released 3 bonus tracks for the anniversary of Free 6lack". The Fader. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  6. ^ "Ex Calling - Single - FREE 6LACK". Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  7. ^ a b "6LACK's 'Ex Calling' sample of Future's 'Perkys Calling' - WhoSampled". Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  8. ^ "6LACK Shares "Ex Calling" Video - The FADER". The Fader. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  9. ^ "iTunes - Music - PRBLMS - Single by 6LACK". Itunes.apple.com. 2016-09-23. Retrieved 2016-11-18.
  10. ^ Schmelling, Clay Skipper, Michael (2017-03-30). "How 6LACK Went From Sleeping in a Recording Studio to Touring with The Weeknd". GQ. Retrieved 2017-04-18.
  11. ^ "6LACK Shares "PRBLMS" Video". Pigeons and Planes. 2016-10-14. Retrieved 2016-11-18.
  12. ^ "Billboard 200 - December 10, 2016". Billboard 200. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  13. ^ "Free 6LACK / 6LACK TIDAL". Tidal. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  14. ^ "FREE 6LACK by 6LACK on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  15. ^ "6LACK's 'Rules' - Discover the Sample Source". WhoSampled. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  16. ^ "My track "Lachrymosia" was sampled in this song by @6LACK. This probably my favorite use of any of my music so far". Twitter. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  17. ^ "Free 6LACK – 6LACK | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  18. ^ "6LACK Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  19. ^ "6LACK Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  20. ^ "6LACK Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved January 14, 2017.
  21. ^ "6LACK Chart History (Top Rap Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved January 14, 2017.
  22. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 2017". Billboard. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  23. ^ "American album certifications – Free 6lack – 6lack". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved February 28, 2018. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.