6LACK has dropped a brand-new song, “ATL Freestyle.”
Over a warm mid-tempo beat, the singer reflects on his life journey, family and self-sacrifice. “Everything I been through, is everything I am / What the fuck you think this is, think I lucked up / Still down to earth, never stuck up / Ridding all my extra weight like a tum tuck / I sacrifice most of my time / So my daughter can take vacations in bumfuck,” he croons at the top of the track.
Prior to the song’s release, 6LACK shared a heartfelt note on Twitter about releasing music in the tumultuous wake of George Floyd’s passing. The 46-year-old African American died earlier this week after a Minnesota police officer pinned him to the ground by kneeling on his neck. His death had sparked international outrage, including responses from prominent rappers.
“With the amount of pain and anger I feel in my heart, releasing a new song at this very moment doesn’t feel like a great priority,” 6LACK admitted. “I was planning to release a song tonight and video tomorrow, but it wouldn’t be right doing so without using my platform to bring awareness to larger social topics at hand.”
He then went on to share his sentiments on the longstanding racial injustice and police brutality.
“To be black in America is to be aware that I’m viewed less by some of the people in this country,” he wrote. “George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and the many other names to be silenced due to abuse of power and racism, have not died in vain.”
“ATL Freestyle” is the first taste of new music from 6LACK and the follow-up to his acclaimed 2018 sophomore album, East Atlanta Love Letter. The record spawned the singles “Pretty Little Fears” and “Seasons,” which featured J Cole and Khalid respectively.
A video for “ATL Freestyle” is set to arrive this weekend. In the meantime, stream the song below: