In an era of music where artists make hits in the hopes of going viral, it’s often difficult to spot real talent. That has never been the case with 6lack. For more than 10 years, the Baltimore-born, Atlanta-raised singer and rapper has treated fans to hits you might not see alongside a choreographed routine on TikTok but would rather play when you’re deep in thought.

Born Ricardo Valdez Valentine Jr., his 2016 single “Prblms” was the 6lack introduction most audiences remember. Since then, the MTV Music Video Award winner has released two full-length albums and has teamed up with the likes of J. Cole and T-Pain. Though he maintains a rather private life, we found five interesting facts about 6lack, including the explanation behind his stage name.