The boy who reps boom bap is back, and on new album YSIV, let’s see if he brings it again, or lets us down
Duh. He brings it. Logic is, more than any mainstream-backed rap artist in the industry, the most authentic keeper-of-boom-bap, going all the way HAM on the Bronx originated style, while at the same time repping what Maryland bred rappers bring to the table. Logic is such a well rounded artist; he is a traditionalist, lyrically and instrumentally, yet seamlessly delves into the mainstream with extremely Pop forward joints that collab with Alessia Cara. To be honest, I overlooked the emcee on his first couple of albums, not really getting the hype associated with the crowd pleasing single “Super Mario World.” Listening to his content in trickles across releases, I began to clearly recognize that while I was not an insider fan addicted to the alter egos and daily life of Logic, I was of course impressed with his skillful rapping and penchant for amazing arrangements which reminded me of the same quality of A Tribe Called Quest and Second Golden Age crews. YSIV is a sandbox of nineties styles, which this reviewer is all about.