With his third studio album: Everybody, Maryland-based rapper Logic has released his most controversial and conscious offering to date. Continuing in the theme of previous albums, exploring man’s most challenging questions, the skits on Everybody tackle the queries behind religion, the afterlife, and reincarnation. Logic invokes the help of famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse-Tyson to play the part of God to the album’s fictional narrator Atom, himself voiced by radio personality Big Von. For his part, Logic’s lyrics on Everybody touch on sensitive topics such as politics, poverty, and offers a rare close-up look at the point of view of growing up bi-racial (African American/Caucasian) and the hardships of standing in neutral ground in a racially divided nation.
Everybody is a brave album. On track “Black Spiderman” Logic claps-back at his naysayers who doubt his skills or jump on the bandwagon that the Gaithersburg rapper takes advantage of his skin-tone and/or circumstances to play both sides of the race-card. While on “America” Logic aims high to passively take a jab at narcissistic mega-star Kanye West.
Dropping lyrics way of: “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 fuck up and give the people what they want. Man, it’s all love but the youth is confused. Your music is 20/20 but them political views is blurred I ain’t trying leave ya name slurred, cuz honestly, I idolize you on everything, my word.” Logic refers to Kanye West’s controversial 2005 Hurricane Katrina statement in correlation and contradictory to West’s current support of President Donald Trump.
Tracks “1-800-273-8255” and “Anziety” are a tender pair of singles – the former titled after the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – reflecting on the silent killer that is mental illness, while shedding light on the importance of communication and prevention to avoid worst case scenarios. Logic speaks by experience (admitting to suffering from anxiety on the latter) and advises that the tough times can be overtaken with adequate help.
However, Logic’s most relatable track and pinnacle of Everybody comes way of “Mos Definitely.” The three and a half minute single highlights the struggles of the everyday person, whether it be student debt or lack of opportunity to get ahead in life. Helmed by a medium-paced beat and rapid-fire deliveries from Logic, the track’s narrative, which is mainly aimed at African Americans, focuses on the importance of self-worth and the knowledge that individuals are more than the sum of their parts.
At times, the messages behind Everybody sound a tad cliché; However, Logic’s rhyming and all-around flow leaves no question that the 27-year- old is a top tier rapper that has delivered a diverse and aptly named album. Everybody is an LP about everybody, for everybody.
Learn more about Logic and his upcoming tour here or head over to iTunes or Spotify to download Everybody.