6LACK On Why ‘East Atlanta Love Letter’ Is the Best R&B Album Of 2018: ‘I Had Stories to Tell’

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“I knew I wasn’t going to give fans the bare minimum.”

Over the course of the next few weeks, Billboard will be allowing artists behind some of the year’s most notable R&B releases the opportunity to speak on why their respective albums deserve to be crowned the top project of 2018. The first artist to speak on his successful run this year is Grammy-nominated R&B artist, 6LACK, for his masterful sophomore album, East Atlanta Love Letter. — As told to Carl Lamarre

Honestly, when East Atlanta Love Letter was all said and done was when I realized I had the best R&B project of 2018. Mixed, mastered. It took me a few weeks to listen to it after all of that, because I had heard those same songs for so long at that point and I was like, “I need a break to refresh my ears.”

From an emotional standpoint, it makes people feel. From a songwriting standpoint, it combines hip-hop and R&B and delivers lyrically. It delivers as far as melody goes, it delivers as far as texture goes. It still has an alternative feel in some songs.

Also, just in reference to the first project — I feel like they go together. It’s two different stories, but in the same time frame as far as the last two years of my life. You have everything that happened up to Free 6LACK, then everything that’s happened since then. Story-wise, writing-wise, and content-wise, we just did something that connected with people just like we did the first time. That’s all it’s ever about, with me at least. What are people going to feel when they hear this? What are people going to think when they read the words?   [Read More Billboard News]