Atlanta rapper 6lack just dropped his second album, East Atlanta Love Letter, a couple of weeks ago and what many people don't know is that Melbourne producer LUCIANBLOMKAMP contributed production on a couple of the tracks.
On Seasons featuring Khalid, Lucian has violin and production credits, and on Nonchalant he also provides production and writing. The two songs aren't the only tracks he's worked on with 6lack - in total, Lucian's provided production on seven tracks.
East Atlanta Love Letter also boasts features from the likes of Migos' Offset, Future and J Cole, so he's in damn good company.
We asked Lucian how his on-going relationship with 6lack came about in the first place and Lucian explained that it all came about thanks to 6lack's producer Singawd (or Trevor Slade).
"The story about my connection to 6lack is more about my connection to his producer Singawd. While some might not be aware, Singawd/Trevor Slade has basically been the ears of the 6lack project since the beginning and was the executive producer for East Atlanta Love Letter and played an enormous role in the production of 6lack’s first album Free 6lack. Before the release of Free 6lack I was approached by 6lack’s lawyers seeing as my track From Afar was being sampled on the record.
— LUCIANBLOMKAMP (@LUCIANBLOMKAMP) September 14, 2018
It’s been a long time coming but @6lack and I finally had the chance to meet in the flesh. 10/10 performer and sweetheart. It’s been a privilege having any part to play in his incredible journey. Excited for the inevitably bright career ahead of him and to share more of what we’ve worked on. Bless up to @singawd for bringing us together.
"Simultaneously Singawd reached out to me for the first time and as it turned out he was the one to suggest sampling my music. As well as this he had been a fan of mine as far back as my first release Post-Nature. Seeing as we seemed to share a lot of influences and had clear stylistic similarities we started making beats together via email. This first started somewhere around mid-2016 and we’ve continued to make or help with each others tracks on a relatively constant basis since then.
"While we’ve made countless tracks during this time, the portion of which that were actually released includes 6lack’s That Far, In-between (feat. Banks), One Way (Ft. T-Pain) as well as being sampled on Bless Me. As time went by it only made sense to work on things in person. In March of this year I went out to LA and helped with a bunch of tracks, some of which would later go on to be a part of East Atlanta Love Letter (Seasons Ft. Khalid and Nonchalant). During this time we worked on a whole bunch of other ideas alongside Yakob, JT Gagarin. I have no doubt that more of those ideas will show up some time in the future or on other projects, and I also have no doubt we’ll all continue to work together more in the future.
"I’m forever grateful for the amount of opportunities that Trevor has given me through letting me work on the 6lack project. Honestly don’t know how I can ever repay the legend. As well as all this I feel the process has actually really shaped the way I make music for my own project too, as I’m sure LUCIANBLOMKAMP releases in the future may likely take on a similar writing approach to as how we went about working on 6lack. Collaboration is extremely valuable and nothing taught me that more than working with Trevor."
LUCIANBLOMKAMP's new album Sick Of What I Don't Understand is due out on October 1st.