Highlights: Logic, ‘Everybody’


★★★★

Logic, Everybody © Def JamLogic continues to deliver the heat on his third studio album, ‘Everybody.’

Over the course of numerous mixtapes and several albums, Gaithersburg, Maryland MC Logic proven himself to be an elite rapper.  After whetting our palates with his Bobby Tarantino mixtape, the 27-year old rapper returns with his highly-anticipated, third studio album, Everybody. For a third consecutive time, Logic lives up to the hype on Everybody, exploring race and societal racial issues.

“Hallelujah”

“Hallelujah” opens Everybody epically to say the least.  Led by a grand, gradual crescendo, Logic blesses the track with quick-paced, sharp rhymes. On the hook, he affirms his own beliefs, painting the exuberant major key production masterfully:

“I’m like hallelujah! / Praise God, almighty, the most high / Alpha and omega in the sky.”

Throughout “Hallelujah,” he plays on words, incorporating the spiritual and secular. Lengthy, a skit about death – part of the conceptual narrative – extends the length.  Here, the listeners get their first taste of Neil deGrasse Tyson, playing the role of God. 

“Everybody”

Standout “Everybody” segues from “Hallelujah.” From the jump, Logic exhibits a crazy flow on the promo single. He kicks off the track ferociously, claiming his spot atop the rap game.

The meat occurs on the verses, where he revisits a rough childhood and upbringing. He touches upon being biracial and the racism he’s faced from both sides.  On the second verse specifically, he references slavery, white privilege, and ignorance when it comes to racism in general.

“Killing Spree”

“Killing Spree” featuring an unlikely collaborator, Ansel Elgort (Gus in The Fault in Our Stars), who sings on second verse. “Killing Spree” features some of the hardest hitting production of Everybody. It serves a perfect fuel for the fire for Logic, who is on autopilot.  On the hook, where he criticizes society’s shallowness as a whole.  Throughout the course of the song, he contrasts legit concerns with first world problems.

“Take It Back”

On “Take It Back,” Logic addresses being biracial head-on. While he’s addressed this in subtler fashion earlier, the outro truly sheds light on his walk and how others perceive him.  Perhaps he overstates at times throughout Everybody, but give the MC credit for being personal – vulnerable if you will.

“America”

On “America,” Logic assembles a cast including Black Thought, Chuck D, Big Lenbo, and No ID.  He drops his anti-Trump sentiment, a popular trend rampant in the music industry in 2017.  Numerous lines stand out, but arguably his shot at both Trump and Kanye West raises the most eyebrows:

“George Bush doesn’t care about black people / 2017 and Donald Trump is the sequel so / Shit, I’ll say what Kanye won’t / Wake the f**k up and give the people what they want.”

“1-800-273-8255” 

What makes “1-800-273-8255” so heavy? The title is the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Logic approaches the song as a progression, starting from the suicidal perspective, encouraging the suicidal person to embrace life, and the suicidal person coming to the desire to live. Alessia Cara enters the picture, flaunting a beautiful vocal performance.  The sound is angelic, but not morbid, marking the realization of life and a new beginning. Khalid appears at the end of the record, adding the punctuation mark; the suicidal person has seen the light of life.  Ultimately, “1-800-273-8255” is an uplifting, relevant, and well performed gem. 

“Black SpiderMan”

Penultimate standout “Black SpiderMan,” featuring Damian Lemar Hudson,” features lush, gospel-tinged production work, giving the record an exuberant quality.  Logic sings respectably on the hook, over the spiritually-driven backdrop. Following the spirited hook, he breaks into quick-paced, spirited rhymes.  The central theme – everybody is included.  Once more he references his race, as well as his wife’s race to make the point that everyone should be treated the same regardless of differences.

He continues to explore the message, adding sexuality and religion to the mix. He also changes the perceptions of familiar things, including references to black Jesus.  Closer “AfricAryall” tops the 12-minute mark.  A lot to absorb, the biggest surprise is an appearance by J. Cole.

Final Thoughts

Once again, Logic delivers the goods on Everybody.  Thematically, he focuses on social issues, eschewing more shallow rap clichés.   That isn’t to say that he has no fun, or that he isn’t profane (f-bombs run rampant), but he aims for transcendence as opposed to commercial success.  Does Logic overplay his hand, focusing so intently on racial issues? Perhaps he is heavy-handed, but if there was ever a time for an album like Everybody, this is the time. 

Gems: “Hallelujah,” “Everybody,” “Killing Spree,” “Take It Back,” “1-800-273-8255,” “Black SpiderMan”

Logic • Everybody • Def Jam • Release: 5.5.17
Photo Credit: Def Jam

If you’re interested in the full-length, track-by-track review of Everybody, check out the album review on The Musical Hype.

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