Creativity is key on any good album. From production, to song titles, to cover art, and of course, to lyrics. Logic naturally hits every aspect aforementioned. He took this nine-song LP and created an expressive, musical journey from childhood to adulthood. This emcee makes references to his childhood during several songs, while taking entire songs to explain growing up. Just for starters, take his album cover into consideration. Logic sits riding a plastic tricycle down what is assumed to be Canal St. (the same street that you will get your legs broken on if you’re caught bootlegging SlamFactor–guaranteed), which the most content look on his face. It cleverly illustrates the joy and ease of being a child. Songs like “Confrontation” and “VS.” deal with growing up, and watching young friends grow up. “Confrontation” is a deep track in which Logic takes his last bit of abuse from a bully, and ends up killing him, as well as the female witness. As simple as it sounds, a track like this has a much deeper meaning; possibly too deep, and maybe even too personal, for the average listener to grasp. “VS.” is one of the most realistic songs that any hip-hopper will hear. Logic uses DJ Swindle’s production and touches down on the innocence of childhood, and explains how two best friends can be separated by death from adolescent tempations. This is one of the best examples of how Logic acts like an artist, and stops to get a glimpse at the world while it passed at light speed.
“It’s Alright” is an amazing song featuring DJ Swindle’s diverse production and a classic example of Logic’s social consciousness. He reminds us of every sick detail about Earth that we sometimes forget about. Just in case you, too, have forgotten, he gets down on theft, sex, drugs, indecent exposure, murder, insanity, religion, war, government secrets, molestation, and more. The eerie vocals on the chorus add to an almost surreal mood that will cause skeptics to call this horrorcore. But in all reality, this is the world we live in. Logic hits us hard on “Obstacle Course” where he exercises his storytelling skills once out of the four times on the album. He just broke in the governement’s files via the Internet, and he’s on the run home from secret agents so he can post the information on the Net for the world to see the truth. While running, he lets us in on some of America’s secrets regarding war and UFO’s. Unfortunately, he catches a bullet and Logic never makes it to a computer to save us.
Logic has created an LP that proves it’s quality over quantity on any album. All nine tracks are good, but some are better than others. On tracks like “Michelle”, there’s a lot of switch-ups in the beat, but it’s like one long hilarious skit. In the end, Logic speaks to the beat and conveys a message that a hip-hop beat needs lyrics, and lyrics need a hip-hop beat. Skeptics might find his occassional eerie flow disturbing, and those who like to dissect rhyme structures will not be pleased with his lack of multisyllabes throughout the album. Regardless, the album is filled with a variety of content that never gets boring.
Reviewed By RhymeLife.Com for HipHopHotSpot.Com