Maryland-native rapper Logic has earned his spot on many top-10 lists over the last few years through a series of albums and mixtapes, as well as his capacity to freestyle and solve a rubix cube at the same time. His third studio album dropped on May 5th, and is available to stream and buy now.
Following the cinematic brilliance of The Incredible True Story, Logic’s third album is certainly his most personal, vulnerable, and intimate album yet. At first it may seem a juxtaposition, but his decision to name it Everybody perfectly encapsulates the ethos of the 13 track project - that as people, we need to come together, open up to one another and treat each person we meet as if they were ourselves.
Tackling a number of themes he has stated he was previously too afraid to bring into his music, Logic opens up on his experiences with race, religion, sexuality, and other polarising topics, and how throughout his life they have obstructed his search for happiness, from the moment he was born as a mixed-race baby, constantly torn between two sides. We encounter fear, anger, and confusion in Logic’s attempt to make sense of this, and how the stated mission of his entire career - “peace, love and positivity” - is often met by forces seeking to tear that down.
Drugs, guns, smart phones, America, education and mental health are all pointed to, and although Logic doesn’t ever arrive at a clear explanation, that sort of feels like the point of the album. Not claiming to have all the answers but, like everyone else, a range of complicated and mixed emotions and an ultimate desire to just be happy, by the end of the album Logic gives his best prescription to society.
I'ma bring it back to the basics
As the album progresses, we follow the journey of Atom, a man who has died and is now speaking to God, through a number of skit tracks which interrupt the music. Atom learns from God that he will be reincarnated, as he has been before, and will eventually live the life of every single person who has ever lived. “Everybody is Everybody” isn’t the most complicated message for an album to convey, but if you’re listening in 2017, it feels necessary.
Following the track '1-800-273-8255' (the national Suicide Hotline number), Logic shares his own experiences of suffering from severe anxiety, transitioning into the uplifting crescendo that is the last few tracks. The album ends on an epic high note with 'Black SpiderMan' and 'AfricAryan', closing out with a speech from Neil deGrasse Tyson on the preciousness of life.
Everybody, anybody, somebody fill the void, somebody fill the void
I was at a Logic concert in London in the summer of 2016, when Logic began one of his most obscure songs (which admittedly I hadn’t heard before), and pulled a young, awkward looking kid from the crowd who, when asked by Logic, was one of the many in the crowd claiming to know all the words. The kid was given the mic and didn’t miss a single word, and it made me think back on my sixteen year-old self, and how many other kids around the world must spend countless hours listening to their favorite rappers, taking in every single word, again and again.
For rap fans in their young 20s, as with myself, it’s likely that Eminem and Kanye West were two of those rappers. In relation to Logic, these two stand out especially, since he has repeatedly said these are two of his biggest influences. Eminem’s pure anger resonated with disconnected, awkward kids everywhere, and Kanye’s outspokenness on societal issues has earned him a place in the hearts of rap fans from many disadvantaged communities. Both artists have given people a corner to retreat into during the harder moments in life, and Logic’s aim with Everybody is to follow in their footsteps in his own way, with his own style and message - peace, love, and positivity.
"People are permeable and art is never produced in a vacuum. I like exploring the political and social context of music."