Logic ‘Everybody’ First Impressions
Logic has always been a raper who’s easy to root for. He’s personable. He’s friendly. He’s skilled. It’s funny that I have to include skilled but that’s how the landscape is. Being a skilled MC is often times not on the radar of a lot of music fans. This is not even to their detriment. We each have our own personal criteria that qualifies a satisfying listening experience. Not everyone is looking for deep and complex metaphors or well structured wordplay. Some people just want a good beat. Some people are only about moving in the club or bumping the hottest track in the parking lot with the windows down, so they can chill with their friends. Neither is better than the other, despite what some critiques would have you believe, but for people like me, being a skilled MC is paramount. Logic is just that.
Despite his draw in that regard, his first two albums have been pretty good but not astounding. I think because he’s so easy to like, people have inflated the impact of his projects outside of their own personal satisfaction. This latest project, however, is very strong.
This is just my first impression. I haven’t had a chance to live with the album, which is the true test to see how an album matches others in our catalogues. DAMN., Kendrick Lamar’s latest project is one that seems to improve with each listen. Every time I sit down to listen to that album I ended up listening to it all the way through — time permitting. Will ‘Everybody’ give me the same feeling that I have with DAMN.? I’m not sure.
So far, I think it’s one of the more thought provoking albums I’ve listened to in a while. On the project Logic discusses Macros scale conflicts that have socially plagued humanity for centuries: Racism, Hatred, Religious animosity, etc. He then ties them into the micro-internal conflicts that many people face deep down. People dealing with depression, and self hatred will especially feel the conflict inside themselves. Logic does a deep dive about the daily divide he felt about himself as a child. For those that don’t know, Logic is bi-racial. His mother is white and his father is black. As he grew up, he faces racism from his mother, who called him a Nigger when he was a child. Despite these things, he would identify with his African American heritage. On his older Mixtapes he speaks about listening to Malcom X speeches and underlining texts. These types of conflicts are amplified for someone like him more so than other bi-racial rappers as Logic looks white.
I can’t imagine what that must have been like. The world telling him he’s not black because he looks white. His mother telling him he’s not white because his father’s black. His family telling him to take advantage of his skin color, to grab hold of the white privileged they could never attain. This has been on his mind since he was born. What’s strange to me is how people expect others not to be affected by their past traumas. They will sometimes tell people to just get over it. That just doesn’t happen. When you’re a child, your world view is so small that the perspectives of family members and your social circle can create a massive lingering impact on your life. That is how logic felt and this is the album where he best addresses this internal conflict.
An additional Highlight is Neil deGrasse Tyson; one of our nation’s most brilliant and influential human minds. Logic’s use of him, is perfect. He ties our perception of Neil deGrasse Tyson with our perception of the religion and space. I really paid attention to these skits in a way that I never did on his sophomore album. The questions he presents are handled with deft and cleverness and they never seem preachy. My only real negatives for this album, it’s the soundscapes on a few songs that did not match my personal tastes. That being said, for the most part I enjoyed this project.
Later on, I’ll do a deeper dive about the beats and rhymes. I think his use of features are better than the average rapper. Instead of just letting people rap, they’re rapping with a purpose; adding to the overall theme of the song. The Juicy J feature is my personal favorite where he and Logic seem to be sharing the same verse. It’s a fantastic display creativity in rap structure where many MC’s don’t do anything special.
‘Everybody’ is a great project. Is it going to be one of my favorites from 2017? Only time will tell.