Hasn’t Logic had such an interesting trajectory to where he is now? He is not the biggest name in Hip Hop, but he has this aurora to him that makes it seem like everything he says is the holy grail. With each new album he releases, the more his legend continues to grow, meaning this racially influenced album could really elevate his name.
Don’t you expect any song that features Killer Mike to be angry as s–t? Well this song doesn’t listen to that stereotype, as it is pretty churchy sounding overall.
You’re going to think that Logic found the light on this song, as he first confesses, then slowly becomes converted. Logic raps pretty tough on the track, but if you listen to his lyrics, it sounds more like a cry for help.
There is so much positive soul on this track! You will either feel blessified (Yes I know I made that word up) or ready to do a P90x workout while listening to it.
There goes Killer Mike at the end of the song, and as expected, he is angry as s–t on his part. In this episode, he is loudly asking GOD for some questions, trying his hardest to get GOD to help him out. N—a, I think you should use your inside voice if you trying to question GOD.
4. AFRICAN ARYAN
This song gets drawn out for quite some time, as in totality it is 11 minutes long (GOT DAMN)! But if you really want to understand/get a cumulative review of what the whole album is about, then you will consider this song very important.
While Logic raps a damn lot on the other songs (at times yapping), this is probably the one song in which he totally blacked out on the mic. He inserts his life experiences with others life experiences on each verse, getting more and more demonstrative over the smooth beat.
Cole (Who’s name is not featured) is at the very end of the song, and his little freestyle is definitely worthy of a listen. (Trust me, this is one spoiler alert you will appreciate….I ain’t got that much damn time to hear this 10 minute ass song……….N—a!)
3. TAKE IT BACK
Logic is on his ‘f–k all that soulful/Good times s–t’, I’ma hit them with bars and go home s–t on this one.
First and foremost, this beat is wayyyyyy too sick! I can probably listen to nothing but the instrumental and be ok.
The song is aggressively conscience, with Logic taking about growing up being doubted but eventually uprising. He raps a bit loony on it, sounding more like a crazy man then a historian.
His little speech at the end sounds like Nick Cannon at the end of ‘Love Don’t Cost a Thing’ when he tried to stand up to the football bullies.
2. BLACK SPIDERMAN
This song has a summer time feel to it, with Logic rapping over a very colorful hip hop beat. Even though I think Logic is trying a little too hard to prove that he’s just as black as he is white on this song, I can still dig it for its spirit.
Damian Lamar Hudson eventually takes over the song after the three minute mark, incorporating some harmonic sounds that seal the songs message. Random singers always work for songs like these right?
This is a really well put together song by Logic.
“1-800-273-8255” is a very deep song by Logic, as on it, he raps/sings about possibly giving up on life over this passionate instrumental. Honestly, I can hear the pain in the DMV rapper’s voice with every word he drops on both his verses and the hook, which tells me that the topic of suicide has always been dear to his heart.
Alessia Cara & Khalid are both perfect for this song! Throughout, they soothe the listeners’ minds by playing well-needed voices of reason to Logic’s toxic feelings. Thank God for them, right?
Man, if this song doesn’t hit a chord with you, get your pulse checked by a doctor ASAP.
SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN
1. HALLELUJAH (4.5/5)
5. TAKE IT BACK (4.7/5)
6. AMERICA (4.3/5)
7. INK BLOT (4.5/5)
8. MOS DEFINITELY (4/5)
9. WAITING ROOM (N/A)
10. 1-800-273-8255 (5/5)
11. ANZIETY (4/5)
11. BLACK SPIDERMAN (4.9/5)
12. AFRICARYAN (4.5/5)
OVERALL RATING (7.8/10)
If Colin Kaepernick made an album, it would probably sound like this. Even though he claims the album is about being mixed, I feel it is blacker than Thon Maker.
All jokes aside…
There is no bad song on this album, but in all honesty, this album can be a bit much to listen to straight through. On almost every song, Logic inserts some type of matter into the discussion that makes us feel bad society-wise, and I ain’t in the business of feeling bad in my spare time! I like Logic when he is a little less serious, so the whole teen summit approach to the album isn’t quite my thing.
I will say this: There is some really good chemistry from song to song, as Logic recruited a bunch of singers that helped him in delivering his overall message throughout. You can tell he made sure to be in the studio with each artist, probably feeding off their energy; that is good artistry.
Much like Cole’s ‘4 Your Eyez Only’, you can tell Logic was on a mission to make this album, so he could care less who likes it or not. Good for him, I’m glad he was able to get it out of his system, and hopefully he becomes a better artist because of it.