East Atlanta Love Letter

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East Atlanta Love Letter
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Studio album by 6lack
Released September 14, 2018
Genre
Length 47:53
Label
Producer
  • Bizness Boi
  • Bobby Johnson
  • Cardiak
  • Daniel Cartisano
  • Dave Bayley
  • DJDS
  • Ekzakt
  • Fwdslxsh
  • Gravez
  • Harry Edwards
  • Joel Little
  • JT Gagarin (Co-Exec.)
  • Lucian Blomkamp
  • Onlyxne
  • Pink Skies
  • Prep Bijan
  • Singawd (also Exec.)
  • T-Minus
  • Yakob (also Exec.)
6lack chronology
Free 6lack
(2016)
East Atlanta Love Letter
(2018)
Singles from East Atlanta Love Letter
  1. "Switch"
    Released: June 22, 2018
  2. "Nonchalant"
    Released: August 17, 2018

East Atlanta Love Letter is the second studio album by American singer 6lack. It was released on September 14, 2018, by LoveRenaissance and Interscope Records. The album features guest appearances from Future, J. Cole, Offset and Khalid. The album was supported by two singles: "Switch" and "Nonchalant".[3]

Background and release[edit]

In June 2018, 6lack posted a picture on his social media saying "I think my album is done".[4] While talking about the album in interview with Highsnobiety, 6lack said;

"Free 6lack was about everything I'd been through up to that point; the follow-up is an update on what's going on in my life right now. In two years, things have gone from one side of the spectrum to another. Anything I've had to go through, or learn, has been crammed into them: from being a dad, to [ending and starting] new relationships, to becoming famous and figuring out my responsibilities."[5]

On August 13, 2018, he announced that it will be titled East Atlanta Love Letter".[6] On August 29, he announced the album's release date and posted the artwork, which features him in a makeshift studio with his daughter, Syx Rose Valentine.[7] On September 11, he shared the official track listing and released the album on September 14.[8]

Promotion[edit]

The first single from the album, "Switch", was released on June 22, 2018.[9] The music video for "Switch" was released on July 16, 2018.[10] "Nonchalant" was released as the album's second single on August 17, 2018, with its accompanying music video.[11][12]

For further promotion of the album, 6lack will start a tour in October 2018. He will joined by THEY., Boogie, Tierra Whack and Summer Walker.[13]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic74/100[14]
Review scores
SourceRating
Exclaim!7/10[1]
HipHopDX4.5/5[15]
The Line of Best Fit8/10[16]
Pitchfork6.1/10[17]

East Atlanta Love Letter received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, whcassigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 74 based on 4 reviews.[18] In a positive review, Kitty Richardson of The Line of Best Fit concluded 6lack "trumped his opponents and influences with a fragile grace and solid talent for songwriting, echoing that of our most decorated balladeers. It's a hope that the album's use of an undeniably fashionable sound doesn't hinder its potential for timelessness; there is so much here to fall for."[16] Luke Fox of Exclaim! described East Atlanta Love Letter as "impeccably cohesive", praising the minimalist production and adding the album is "a record that captures the trap-soul zeitgeist that will best catch you in your feelings."[1] Online hip hop publication HipHopDX praised the album, stating: "In an era where artists hype up projects that turn out to be nothing but half-baked playlists, 6LACK’s thoughtful embrace of the album format is refreshing. East Atlanta Love Letter is a moody masterpiece that may very well take the artist’s career to new heights."[15]

In a mixed review, Dean Van Nguyen of Pitchfork criticised the album's lyrical content, commenting that 6lack "traps listeners within the four walls of his drab hotel room, exposing us to his joyless, low-energy meditations that don’t capture relationships or the human experience in any kind of meaningful way."[17]

Commercial performance[edit]

East Atlanta Love Letter debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 with 77,000 album-equivalent units, of which 20,000 were pure album sales.[19] It is 6lack's highest-charting release in the US.[19]

Track listing[edit]

Album credits were adapted from Tidal and an official Instagram post from 6lack.[20]

East Atlanta Love Letter[21]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Unfair"2:16
2."Loaded Gun"
  • Valentine
  • Trevor Slade
  • David Moreau-Hispard
  • Joshua Scruggs
  • Ozan Yildirim
3:18
3."East Atlanta Love Letter" (featuring Future)
Yakob4:06
4."Let Her Go"
  • Valentine
  • David Hughes
  • Andre Roberson
  • Zachary Perry
  • Bizness Boi
  • Ekzakt
  • Prep Bijan
2:57
5."Sorry"
  • Valentine
  • Arieh Berl
  • Rabitsch
  • Yinka Bankole-Ojo
  • Fwdslxsh
  • Yakob
  • Pink Skies[a]
3:30
6."Pretty Little Fears" (featuring J. Cole)4:00
7."Disconnect"
  • Valentine
  • Harry Edwards
  • Rabitsch
  • Trevor Slade
  • Yakob
  • Singawd
  • Harry Edwards
4:25
8."Switch"Joel Little3:27
9."Thugger's Interlude"
  • Valentine
  • Slade
  • Rabitsch
  • Adrian Brusch
  • Bobby Johnson
  • Yakob[a]
  • Singawd[a]
1:11
10."Balenciaga Challenge" (featuring Offset)
  • Onlyxne
  • Singawd
3:07
11."Scripture"
  • Valentine
  • Edwards
  • Bankole-Ojo
  • Daniel Cartisano
  • Christopher Justice
  • Edwards
  • Fwdslxsh
  • Gravez
  • Singawd
  • Daniel Cartisano
3:20
12."Nonchalant"
  • Valentine
  • Vidal
  • Lucian Blomkamp
  • Stwo
  • Lucian Blomkamp[a]
3:03
13."Seasons" (featuring Khalid)
  • Dave Bayley
  • Singawd[a]
  • Yakob[a]
  • Lucian Blomkamp[a]
4:10
14."Stan"
  • Valentine
  • Samuel Griesemer
  • Jerome Potter
  • Kevin Drew
  • Kelly Zutrau
5:03
Total length:47:53

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies an additional producer
  • "East Atlanta Love Letter" features background vocals by Mereba.
  • "Let Her Go" and "Sorry" features additional vocals by Tierra Whack.
  • "Disconnect" and "Balenciaga Challenge" features additional vocals by LightSkinKeisha.
  • "Switch" features additional vocals by Ty Dolla Sign.
  • "Seasons" features additional vocals by Jaycina Almond.
  • "Stan" features background vocals by Zalma Bour.


Samples

  • "Unfair" contains a sample of "More Than Anyone", written and performed by Gavin DeGraw.
  • "Stan" contains a sample of "New Grave", performed by DJDS.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[22] 6
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[23] 21
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[24] 63
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[25] 5
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[26] 7
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[27] 39
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[28] 44
Irish Albums (IRMA)[29] 12
Italian Albums (FIMI)[30] 95
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[31] 15
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[32] 6
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[33] 17
UK Albums (OCC)[34] 19
US Billboard 200[19] 3

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "6lack's East Atlanta Love Letter is his artistic expression written in bold characters". Pulse.ng. September 18, 2018. Retrieved September 19, 2018. 
  3. ^ Maicki, Salvatore. "Hear 6LACK's new album East Atlanta Love Letter". The FADER. Retrieved 14 September 2018. 
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  5. ^ "6LACK on His Upcoming Second Album, Working with J. Cole & Staying Humble". Highsnobiety. August 14, 2018. Retrieved September 14, 2018. 
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  9. ^ Penrose, Nerisha. "6LACK Guards His Heart on New Single 'Switch': Listen". Billboard. Retrieved 14 September 2018. 
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