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Jun 04, 2019

Logic’s Third Album Does Its Job, Perhaps Sacrificing Art To Help Others

It’s always very flattering when you write something about someone or their work and they acknowledge it. The few times this has happened to me, whether right or wrong, I’ve felt validated and that the work was worth it. I also understand that that’s not the correct way to go about things, so I’ve been making an effort to be satisfied with my own work before it goes out and anything else is a bonus, but it’s undeniable that having someone you respect give a nod to your own writing is special. I’ve been lucky enough that incredible artists like Curren$y, Wale, Royce 5’9”, Ty Dolla $ign, Adrian Younge and DJ Premier have seen my writing about them but the biggest of all is by far Logic. A few days ahead of its release date, I wrote a short piece about his then-forthcoming album Everybody and how its potential knew no bounds. I thought that the album and what we knew about its concept had the opportunity to be eye-opening for people and informative as well as entertaining. We knew that the album was going to be about unity, not a new concept by any means, but it was something that had never been tackled by someone like Logic. We’d heard about police brutality before, but what does it sound like from someone who’s mixed race but looks white? How does racism from both black people and white people feel when you’re black but look white? I wasn’t sure that all of these topics would be covered, but the potential was there. Logic not only saw the piece and acknowledged it, but took his time to specifically tweet me to thank me for the write up. “what a fuckin write up!! Thank you! And trust me. That(‘s) exactly what this album is” he said. It meant the world to me, and immediately increased my interest in the LP.

Written by @Akaash from Hip-Hop-N-More
May 31, 2019

Logic Lets Us Down with a 1 Track Album

The first time this gifted lyricist crossed my radar was around 2014 when I was having a discussion with a group of friends in a music studio. I was the only enthusiast in the room, and we were 8; the remaining guys included 3 rappers, 2 producers, 1 singer, and 1 instrumentalist. We were just having a next lyricist type of discussion and someone name-dropped him in that discussion. I never bothered to give him a listen, as he didn’t reach my radar again asides from that word of mouth. Fast forward to August 2018, Eminem releases Kamikaze, his 10th album, one of the most controversial and successful albums of that year had Eminem given Logic a shout out on there on track 11 “Fall.” When I was done with the album on continuous repeat, I decided to lend a ear to the other artistes Eminem gave his respect to on that track, one of them being Logic, others being Joyner Lucas and Hopsin; the rappers I hadn’t listened to until he gave them the shout out. So I proceeded to download all of Logic’s previous projects (Albums and Mixtapes); Under Pressure, The incredible True Story, Bobby Tarantino, Everybody, and Young Sinatra IV (YSIV). I got hooked on him as well because I have a soft spot for lyricists and he is a great lyricist. Although he may have songs that are boring and just average, I shouldn’t ignore the fact that he also has great songs as well. The one that stuck with me are the “44 Bars”, “44 More”, “Wu Tang Forever” where he featured the (Wu-Tang Clan (Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, RZA, Method Man, Inspectach Deck, Cappadonna, Jackpot Scotty Wotty, U-God, Masta Killa, & GZA), and “ICONIC” with Jaden Smith. From then on, I kept in tune with him while he released Supermarket, and now Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. I never really kept in touch with this album as I was somewhat disappointed or rather, wasn’t really wowed by the album as I felt he wasn’t a good enough singer for him to take up that alternative music challenge in Supermarket, thus, I wasn’t aware of his 2 previous singles “Keanu Reeves” and “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” until his track “Homicide” which he featured Eminem was released on May 3rd 2019.

Written by @OBP from Omobaba Pension
May 31, 2019

Logic’s Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, A Noteworthy Attempt but Not His Best Album

The hunger present in a rising artist prior to reaching levels of notoriety and worldwide acclaim proves to be some of their most iconic moments. However, once the taste of numerical applause hits the tip of some artist’s tongues, that hunger almost turns into an obnoxious greed amid a whining banter of what they now deserve. Logic’s fifth studio album Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, laced with 16 tracks amid features from Eminem, G-Eazy, Will Smith and more brims with a pity-party like soirée invitation amidst some cocky, noteworthy jams but does it ooze with top-album appeal? For me, no it doesn’t. His earlier works like Everybody and Bobby Tarantino II hearken with a more effortless approach. This particular album listens like he’s got something to prove yet at the same time his demeanor appears perfunctory. Although the album topped Billboard charts and earned him his third career No. 1 project with 80,000 album units sold amid 24,000 of those accounting for album sales alone; this album still doesn’t give off the same life as his previous works. I feel his energy but I also feel his frustration with the music industry as well. Logic’s no novice to the industry with close to a decade of time put in, if you can believe it, and it’s that time served that either sours you to the industry or increases your hunger for more people to hear your music. More people are hearing Logic’s music but are they listening? I can appreciate his current creativity without loving the execution in this particular album.

May 24, 2019

‘Bobby Tarantino’ Is An Effective Break From Deeper Rap

I’m not quite sure when you’ll be reading this, but I wrote it in May of 2019 and as of now, Logic has already put out two full length projects this year in his Supermarket soundtrack and Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind. Not to mention his debut novel. Before that, in 2018 he put out Bobby Tarantino II and YSIV, functioning consistently at an incredibly high work rate. It’s rare for someone of his calibre, that is, a rapper with chart success and a loyal, cult-like following. The only person I can think of that does anything similar is Curren$y who is an indie rapper putting out free music so that he can constantly tour all the time, which is no fair comparison. There has been so much new music from Logic in such little time that even huge fans are calling for the rapper to take a break and refrain from oversaturating the market. I can’t say that would be a bad call. The influx of new music has caused me to reminisce on slower times, back when Logic was still somewhat of a new artist. He released his debut album Under Pressure in October of 2014, then his sophomore album The Incredible True Story in November of 2015, eleven months later. That is still a quick turnaround relative to other debut to sophomore breaks – Drake took seventeen months, J. Cole took twenty one months and Kendrick Lamar took twenty nine months, for comparison’s sake – but it’s a snail’s pace compared to what we’re used to now. Back when he paced himself, to break up the potential monotony of album cycles and let them breathe a little bit, Logic decided to put out a mixtape after his second album dropped.

Written by @Akaash from Hip-Hop-N-More

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