Release Date: 5 May 2017
Label: Visionary Music Group/Def Jam
Written by Jabir McMillian
Everybody is Logic’s 3rd studio album and 3rd album in just 4 years. In 2014 he dropped his debut Under Pressure which was OK to say the least and in 2015 he dropped The Incredible True Story which was a step in the right direction and substantially better than his debut. Despite his devoted fanbase, Logic divides a lot of people and it is fair to say that he is very much hated. The problem with Logic is that he at times straight up copies other rappers. At times he sounds like Kendrick Lamar or even Drake to some extent, while it is perfectly fine to be influenced by your peers, Logic needs to find his own sound and path to become a respected MC. Logic is most certainly a talented rapper, his XXL Freshman 2013 freestyle and his mixtapes show us that. His new album features Killer Mike, Khalid, Alessia Cara, Black thought, a hidden feat from J Cole and many more.
Hallelujah – Logic does this thing where almost every intro he does is A. mostly an instrumental, B. revolving around a skit and C. boring as hell. On this track though, we get introduced to the nail Logic tries to hammer into your dome over and over again over the next hour: Logic has black in him, acknowledge it! And since he’s black, he has the card to preach equality from the perspective of a rough uprising Section 8 kid. I love a good black power album, don’t get me wrong, but this topic is incredibly hard to appreciate coming from this man’s mouth. Its like Logic looked at every messaging board and thread of all time that (rightfully) put him into his lane as a white rapper & got salty as hell all at once. God man, I wish I didn’t hear this album before doing this review, so I could be somewhat appreciative of the shock given by this joint. Anyway, this track shouldn’t be 7 minutes point blank, although the instrumental was nice. Rate: 2/10
Everybody – The titular track, you generally expect some heat. Another nicely produced track. I really like the beat here. Tone-wise, this isn’t no different than most Logic singles. Same general cadence I’d say. The topic also summarizes the general album quite well. In fact, this is damn near a continuation from the last track. I’m not even sure why we needed the rapping part of that intro. He should’ve just gave us the damn instrumental and then the skit. Logic says “nigga” here, so prepare yourself for that, cause I almost skirted off the road hearing it. Rate: 5.5/10
Confess (ft. Killer Mike) – The religious thematics of both the skit featured in the intro, (God played by Neil deGrasse Tyson, an atheist, I’m sure there’s something deeper meant there) and the album cover, (bitten from Freddie Gibbs potentially) starts to be touched on in this song. Logic is literally confessing some of his wrongs here, and covers the inner conflict with feeling deserted by God while only having the “flashing lights” of evil pulling on him. I like the track, honestly, it isn’t too bad. The skit is also quite beautifully crafted by the ever-intellectual Killer Mike. These two figures they’ve been surrounded by religion since childhood are really wondering why they have to go through struggles when other evil bums are coasting on by to the point of self-hate. Rate: 7/10
Killing Spree (ft. Ansel Elgort) – By this point, I wonder to myself, did Logic get like an early listen to Kendrick’s “DAMN” before making this project. It feels like I’m literally getting his rendition on the exact same topics. I’ll leave the theories at the doorstep though, it isn’t like other artists aren’t allowed to speak on religion or human flaws, such as this song does in covering materialism. It’s another pretty preachy track, which you’ll get more than a handful of going forward. Logic scans his fellow youth and is simply disgusted in how obsessive we are with technology. Extremely straight-forward. Rate: 3/10
Take It Back – If you didn’t know what I meant about most Logic songs having the same general sound, and that “beat-box” rapping sound (the only way I know how to actually describe the style of this song), this song does a good job of summarizing that. His flow just doesn’t impress me. The actual rap as far as rapping goes is under half the length of the song, the other majority is spent on delivering a speech on Logic’s background and how he’s been getting unrightfully shitted on based on the complete ignorance of his lineage. People from both sides, including his own mother, have basically been racially discriminating him from the jump. A good way to summarize this track, I feel like, can be done using some Earl Sweatshirt. “Too black for the white kids, and too white for the blacks.” I feel that does the job better than hearing Logic have a mental breakdown for almost 7 minutes. Rate: 4/10
America ft. Chuck D, No I.D., Big Lenbo & Black Thought – Man, if a hip-hop purist saw this lineup just by themselves, they’d probably be shocked. How could one even get this collaboration going? Anyway, they each give their input on some of the faults and flaws of the current “failing” America empire, and it adds up to a pretty solid song. Probably my favorite song so far, I’d say. Probably won’t be listening to this ever again since Logic kinda taints it with his “a rolling cornball knows no moss” lifestyle. Look that phrase up. Rate: 7.5/10
Ink Blot (ft. Juicy J) – This is a pretty well-produced album. I’d say that’s one of the few things genuinely keeping me interested from track to track. I guess here, Lil Trapper or whoever is starting to face mental recoil from his life of selling out to maximize profits. That’s the topic. Neither Juicy J nor Logic make me care about this topic, whatsoever. At least it’s short. Rate: 3/10
Mos Definitely – A nod to Mos Def, just off the name alone. Also the little uplifting skit at the end apparently serves notice to an earlier 1999 joint from a Mos Def song. Cool to see Logic giving props to those who did it first. Seems to me like the main verse switches from the perspective of a guy Logic made up that’s going through some troubled times, but he keeps rising up above it off of pure will and the want of a successful lifestyle, back to Logic calling out to all his brothers and sisters to do their damndest to rise up out of the struggle. Solid idealism, plus its short. Rate: 4/10
Waiting Room – Thankfully, Logic abandoned doing a skit like almost every song on “T.I.T.S” featured, or I probably would’ve quit by now. This is sort of a welcome return honestly, I think Neil is good at his role & I’m somewhat interested in the progression. I’d say this is a pretty deep ass skit. A good way of expressing the religion Logic eventually wants to see show up. Where everyone comes from one another, and all life experiences can be connected on a spiritual level. Hell, I’d say this almost made the album mean a lot more for me, up until the point I realized Logic got this exact concept from some book. Its still executed well, but does Logic ever do anything original ever? I gotta draw that up as another Kendrick comparison. Rate: 6/10
1-800-273-8255 (ft. Khalid & Alessia Cara) – I don’t know what I expected based off that number & the feature, but I certainly didn’t expect the 2017 version of Same Love, except you replace the Grammy-cosigned gay marriage ceremony with a National Suicide Prevention Line-cosigned ballad. I can’t make that up if I wanted to. At least he picked two successful pop figures for this one. I’m sure the label wasn’t mad. I forgot to actually describe the song, it’s about suicide prevention. Let’s reach that finish line. Rate: 4/10
Anziety (ft. Lucy Rose) – If you couldn’t tell yet, this album is quite emotionally powerful (or at least tries to). There’s a literal blockade between me connecting with Logic. Here’s me attempting to appreciate what Logic’s been writing off and on on this project. The man is evidently doing his damndest to take the problems he experiences, connect with the audiences that are going through some of the same things he goes through, and trying to mend their issues with his own life events. On that level, I can say I’m moved by his efforts. It’s really all about who’s presenting the message I guess. The preaching could be toned down a little bit. Like you might hear this album years later in a new-age Liberal church. ANXIETY, materialism, suicide, black acceptance. Wow. Rate: 5.5/10
Black Spiderman (ft. Damian Lemar Hudson) – “Accept diversity. That’s what I always say. People will say things like, “I don’t see black. I don’t’ see white.” But you should see color, ‘cause I think color is beautiful. And those are the things that make us different. But it’s the things that make us different that should not separate us.” A quote taken directly from Logic on his GENIUS break down of this song. I literally can’t rephrase that message in anymore ways at this point. Rate: 4.5/10
AfricAryaN – (ft. Neil deGrasse Tyson) – 12 minutes? I haven’t been more turned off by an outro since Ab-Soul’s “W.R.O.H”. Let me get a nap real quick…..
…Alright bro, so the first half of this track seems to really revolve around the experiences of biracial individuals, not just Logic. It seems in his usual efforts to find people who share his pain, he found I guess another biracial woman, who went through her own turbulent childhood with atrocious parenting, and such horrendous nurturing ended up in an abusive relationship with a baby at a presumably young age. Logic seems to give these accounts as another request of acceptance to the young mixed souls of today, from both the white and black community. The song is halved by the last skit, featuring Neil (God) basically asking Adam to live his life as joyous as possible, and for the betterment of his fellow humans. That is then followed by a return of Kai & Thomas, from “T.I.T.S”, who deliver news that Logic has one last hurrah in him after this joint. HURRAH! If that wasn’t great enough, we then get a surprise unlisted Jermaine Cole verse, mainly from the perspective of Logic. After laying out the trials of Logic as an upcoming rapper, he turns in his seat, and chooses to face Logic directly, accepting him in efforts to have Logic accept himself. Self-acceptance. That’s just what you need to know to appreciate the song. I do. Rate: 8.5/10
Conclusion: I don’t know if a final verdict is truly necessary here, as I feel like everybody should be able to grasp my thoughts on this joint by now. But I want to say this. This is an album that while extremely repetitive, there’s a method to the madness. Logic is trying to use his reach while it is about as large as it’ll ever get for change. He doesn’t seem to actually care about fame or sales or even quality at times here. He wants to make life better, essentially the polar opposite of the life he lived as a youngin. So while I can’t say I appreciated this album to the degrees Logic’s fanbase might’ve, I’ll say I came away with more than I expected to, and I certainly have to recommend giving this a listen to someone who might appreciate Logic, but goes into this joint with questions.
Album Rating: 5/10