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.