“Already had a hard life once. Am I supposed to recreate it every album for you c*nts?
-Logic on “DadBod”
It was the year 2014 when Logic transitioned from the mixtape rapper and released his debut studio album–his first major release with Def Jam. Having that label behind him, as well as having the legendary producer No ID executive producing the entire project. From the jump, Logic was destined for success, and had the talent level to lead him there. Many Logic fans can agree that his Under Pressure album was his best body of work. He was young, hungry, and had a lot to prove. Of course, as rappers age and progress in their career, they create these cult classics and fans hold them to that standard for every single release thereafter. for Logic, he was beyond that.
The ideology in Hip Hop that “you are only as good as your last body of work” is a tricky one, and one that I don’t particularly agree with. I will never doubt an artist or hold it against them if they want to progress their sound, try new cadences and flows, and find a different subject matter to cover. Jay Z said it best back in 2009 on “On To The Next One” when he said “N*ggas want my old shit, buy my old album. N*ggas stuck on stupid, I gotta keep it moving”. That being said, a lot of fans expect for many artists to stay the same once they make a project that the fans deem as a classic. It gets tricky though, because that sound will eventually die down, and the fans don’t let the artist know until it’s too late. For Logic, he unfortunately hit a hard space in his career when he began to stray away from the foundation that he created on Under Pressure. He went on to create a handful of amazing projects, but the internet got the best of him, and ultimately was one of the things that fueled his decision to retire from rap–ten years into the game.
Today, he released his final project No Pressure, which serves as a continuation to his very first album Under Pressure. On this album, Logic takes this time to reflect on everything that he has gone through over his ten years in the rap game, and puts it all into perspective across these fifteen tracks. Starting off with the album cover, he is seen to be levitating in what appears to be a broken room. That room that we are seeing, happens to be his room from his early days. Day one Logic fans will recognize that this is the room that was shown on his first album cover, where he is sitting at his desk in his basement, writing raps in his phone. The meaning behind that, shows that logic came from that dark place of feeling pressured, to having no pressure at all. Being a young, biracial kid coming into the rap game and feeling like he has to prove himself, put tons of weight on his shoulders. All aspiring rappers know that feeling of sitting in your basement in your makeshift studio, trying to figure out a way. Logic in 2020, after experiencing many highs and lows, finally feels that weight lifted off of him. Weightless. Seeing him floating on his album cover and watching everything broken apart, is a symbolization that he no longer feels that pressure. He doesn’t have to fit in anymore. He doesn’t have to prove himself to anybody. He doesn’t have to make raps to appeal to anyone. He finally is at peace with himself, and this album is the stamp that validates that.
Digging into the music itself, as stated earlier, it was executive produced by No ID to restore that feeling that he had on his first project. While he doesn’t necessarily FULLY recreate that, the production level is there, and it can be heard one hundred percent throughout this entire album. If it’s not No ID’s production, you can hear his mind behind everything on this album. On top of that, he sticks with his longtime group member 6ix on a lot of the beats here. The subject matter of the album speaks to a lot of things that he struggled with coming up in his career and how he has overcome them. Anxiety, depression, drugs issues, lack of self love, so on and so forth. Logic is able to reflect on each and eery aspect of his life, and lets it be known that he is no longer in that dark place anymore. In fact, he has a song on the album titled “Dark Place” in which he describes it perfectly. On top of that, he speaks about how he wants to focus on being a great father to his son now, and leaving the rap game behind.
It’s always a sad moment to see that a rapper is retiring from something that they once had an immense amount of love for. It’s even worse to see the amount of people who bring down these artists when they may experience a “bad album” and discredit everything that the artist has done. Logic has always been a top-tier rapper and ahead of his class. Being a student of the game, he has always been able to maintain that boom-bap style of rap, pure lyricism and creativity, and blending with the current sound. It’s one of those things where a lot of people may not realize what they have until it’s gone. Nonetheless, Logic put on one hell of a show on this album, and throughout his career, and his voice and presence will truly be missed in the rap game. We thank you Logic. What a hell of an exit you have made.
Stream Logic’s farewell album No Pressure below!