6lack signed a record deal with an unnamed independent label in July 2011. He left Valdosta State University once he signed, and spent the next few years learning about the industry. 6lack spent the next five years with the label, putting music out on his SoundCloud account. 6lack had barely any financial security and spent most of his time sleeping in the studio or outside on the street after moving to Miami to work on music with the record label.
6lack eventually left his label due to the fact they wouldn’t allow him artistic creativity or help manage him. Once he left the label, he signed with LoveRenaissance and Interscope Records.