38. 6LACK - 'FREE 6LACK'
Release date: November 18
Speaking on the concept behind the photo used for FREE 6LACK, the Atlanta artist explained, "I feel like as big and vicious as a bear can be, a bear also has grounding qualities. They’re peaceful in a way. With this album, I wanted it to be powerful, I wanted it to be aggressive, but I also wanted it to be calming. I want people to feel something. Regardless of how personal it can be at sometimes, and how intense the message is, it can still give you a soothing feel."
Sonically, 6LACK's music can be moody and understated, but it's packed with flourishes of intensity on songs like "PRBLMS," "Never Know," and "Rules." Over dark, intoxicating production, 6LACK finds pockets for nimble flows and changes of pace, leaving each song wide open for twists and just the right amount of jarring instability.—Jacob Moore