Back again with #MusicMondays but this time I got something new for y'all. A young hip-hop artist from Maryland who's motto is "Peace, Love & Positivity" just dropped a new mixtape for the summer. I've been listening to this dude for about a couple years now and his continuous improvement both lyrically and production wise is making him one of the more respected people, not "rapper," in the industry right now. And his motto is all too relevant for where we are at in America right now.
Logic - Bobby Tarantino
Released July 1, 2016
Logic, or Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, was born and raised in Maryland. His father is an African-American and his mother is Caucasian, a representation of the integration of our nation. He grew up in low-income housing, living on food stamps and Section 8, while his parents battled cocaine addiction and alcoholism. His brothers began to sell drugs in the streets of Maryland, and he was expelled from high school at the age of 16, so he wasn't exactly put in an ideal situation to be successful. But he persevered and began a music career in 2009, and has since dropped five mixtapes, and two studio recorded albums through Def Jam. His newest release talks about his success he has had and how he has handled it, and he tells his doubters why he deserves to be where he is, being a bit less humble than his fans are used too.
He begins the mixtape off with a strong message on "Flexicution" letting himself go and accepting the hate that he has been given since his career has taken off over the past couple years. His last album "The Incredible True Story" debuted at #3 and sold 135,000 copies in its first week, so he says "Check the last album, man y'all know I run it . . . Check the Forbes list, you know I'm ballin now." He follows this up with "The Jam" which talks about how he still doesn't let the fame effect him, and he is just going to continue to use platform to the best of his ability, he's states "Still me and my homies screaming Fuck The Fame . . . I don't do it for the money though, shoutout to Kid Cudi though, thats the homie you already know." When you shoutout Cudi on a track, I will automatically respect you as a person. Another great track is "Slave" where he talks about what drives him to keep pushing forward, and why he does what he does. This is definitely my favorite song lyrically from the mixtape, with lines such as "Tell me what you know about 40 days and 40 nights with no lights. Did it all for this. Tell me what you know about sleeping outside, No ride in the winter time. Did it all for this." Truly a message to people who came from absolutely nothing to become something, anything they dream of.
I recently saw him in concert, and it made me respect him as a true artist and a person who wants to use their platform for the good of the people and the hip-hop community. He doesn't rap about killing people and he doesn't rap about how many women he has, so if thats what you want from a rapper then he's not for you, and thats cool. I don't expect everyone to like his music, but I do want people to know that this guy truly made it from nothing. Living in the streets, just trying to figure out life and he found a way out with music. And if you can get anything from this guy, even if its not music, it would be: Don't give up on your dreams, people will hate on you without even knowing you and Logic is a real representation of that.
Here's an awesome video of Logic freestyling while also solving a Rubik's Cube. Shoutout to my cousin CJ.
Just a man trying to make the most of his time on this planet.