Why Logic’s “Everybody” Is Transcendent
I Finally got a chance to listen to Logic’s Everybody; and pleased I am *Yoda voice*. I’ve been pretty fond of Logic since Under Pressure; While my favorite album of his being Bobby Tarantino. This new album is so conceptually dense. The strength of his rapping ability propels the project to heights beyond expectation; and each feature adds a unique dynamic. Considering this, I think the concepts brought to life on this album are what make it transcendent.
In terms of race, Logic has never been shy to make it clear that he’s in fact biracial. Fact of the matter is, the first time I’d ever heard logic while seeing him simultaneously, was during his interview at Big Boy’s Neighborhood. He definitely made his background very clear during the interview and throughout the freestyle. Initially I thought he was an rising white rapper; while there’s nothing wrong with being a white rapper, it was the first thing to cross my mind.
On Everybody, Logic gives us a deeper look at what it was like growing up as a biracial child. Specifically on Take It Back, he talks about the struggle of his appearance. being in the skin of a white man while being mixed. Where he’d be called a “cracker” at school, and a “nigger” by his white mom.
This racial struggle is very intriguing. He alludes to being a black man living with “white privilege” on the title track Everybody. Having that kind of perspective is unique, and I appreciated the insight. His adverse upbringing seems to have a very strong impact on this project; and this racial dynamic separates Logic from his peers.
Similar to his previous work The Incredible True Story, Logic tells a story from beginning to end. This time around the premiss revolves around death, while putting a spin on the concept of reincarnation. The crux of the story is told on Waiting Room; where Adam the protagonist is in the afterlife talking to God in a waiting room specifically designed for him/her in preparation for his/her reincarnation.
The spin on religion is made where Adam learns that he/she is the only person in the world, and that the purpose of his/her existence is to live the life of every man, woman, and child, of every race, religion, and sexual orientation; once this is achieved in its entirety, Adam would be mature enough to become a God as well. This concept blew my mind. Just imagine the kind of harmony we’d be living in if this concept was a reality; if we were all one entity.
In the end, Everybody is for everybody *pun intended*. From the concepts to the reaching out to people of varying communities. Logic makes a concerted effort to ingratiate everyone. I believe the album was made to be a conversation starter. Like I said previously, his rapping ability can be a highlight; but once you decipher the message that Logic is trying to convey, this album becomes much more than rap. I think he does a very good job at finding the proper balance between preaching and performing. Logic’s rap doesn’t suffer because of his desire to spread a message, nor is his message diluted by his prowess in rap. That balance alone is what makes Everybody for everybody.