Logic - Everybody
The world seems hot and cold on Logic. At times He brings these really incredible lush songs, complex albums and ferocious raps that are simply undeniable. Other times however it feels like He is chasing something that just is not there, trying to revive the hip hop gone by rather than trying to do what is happening now. Well that was then, this is now and Logic is not fucking around on this new record Everybody. The beat on opener "Hallelujah" doesn't even kick in fully until two minutes into the damn song but it is absolutely jubilant once it does. Logic is continuing in a similar fashion as The Incredible True Story telling a story of a man dying then meeting god, who just happens to be Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Logic is one of the last artists who really care about the medium of the album, letting it take you on a journey rather than just being a bunch of stuff mashed together with no unifying force. Logic's delivery and beat choices on Everybody are so deft, constantly nimble and moving to make sure each song flows just as it should and evokes the vibe He is looking for. Logic can often be dour, but on this record he is downright happy despite it all, something Rap is putting more and more stock in these days. Killer Mike delivers his usual impassioned plea for social justice on "Confess" but it has just as much force as ever.
If you think it is going to be an album full of gospel praise songs "Killing Spree" is ready to rip you right back down to earth. The heavy trap beat sucks all the air out of the room and allows Logic's lyrics to shine. "America"'s feature list is simply out of control with the likes of Chuck D, Black Thought and No ID blasting the US political situation relentlessly. Black Thought is the most welcome addition having been stuck playing The Tonight Show's house band for years now. The song feels like something Public Enemy would have done at the height of their power but is not dated at all. If there is one thing to say about the record it is that Logic tends to let his songs go on really long. He is putting a ton of information in the tune and it doesn't necessarily get overly repetitive but the six and seven minute tracks are just far to long. The more metaphysical stuff, that Neil DeGrasse Tyson outlines in "Waiting Room" tells the story of how each of us are all just one thing, one thing experiencing the Universe and "just how precious life is". If you weren't crying yet Alessia Cara and Khalid will push you over the top on "1-800-273-8255". So rich and so grand Logic has finally realized his dream of creating an album that plays out like a movie and really fucking means something. Do not miss this record.
9.0 out of 10