Written By: Ethan Griggs
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The new album from Maryland rapper Logic is a fantastic conglomeration of hip-hop, R&B, and soul. With a comprehensive narrative that illustrates the album’s concept, Everybody shares qualities with Chance the Rapper and Kendrick Lamar’s most recent albums in both sound and sentiment. Clocking in at seventy minutes, the record very well may be the best thing the rapper has made, as it is a true epic.
As a dense and rewarding concept album, it’s a semi-autobiographical tale of a kid born to a Black dad and a White mom, both of who were unloving and abusive drug addicts, who defies the racism on both sides of the cultural aisles to become a successful rapper. In other words, it’s Logic’s vision of the classic American dream. His spitfire verses on the title track and “Take It Back” describe a childhood that was made up of his mother and the white kids calling him “nigger” and his dad and the black kids calling him “cracker”.
It’s not just about race, though; throughout the anticipated followup to The Incredible True Story is another tale of the planet Paradise. It’s a small side-plot, but the album follows the character Atom through his journey through death and purgatory where he meets God himself (voiced by none other than Neil deGrasse Tyson). This gives the album an undeniably spiritual element as well, and Logic is able to tie his faith in equality to his own questioning of religion and spirituality. Among other places this is represented on the album’s opener “Hallelujah” and its penultimate track “Black SpiderMan (feat. Damien Lemar Hudson)”.
One of the best verses on the record isn’t really a verse at all, but rather an angry monologue that comes from none other than Killer Mike. On “Confess”, after further description from Logic about his upbringing, Mike goes into an all out rampage directed at God about the wrongdoing and racism directed towards the Black community, and why such a burden would not be lifted by his Lord. “WHY DO YOU PUT US BELOW ALL THESE EVIL MUTHAFUGGERS?”
Logic basically executive produced the album, and musically it is a grab bag of piano driven hip-hop (“Confess”), political yet earth shattering club bangers (“Killing Spree”), soaring pop production (“Mos Definitely”), and harmonies that sound like Kanye would’ve admired them (“AfriAryaN”). Despite its intense thematics, Everybody could be looked at as an exploration in modern pop. Not only is Logic proving his undeniable talent as a rapper, he’s also got something to prove to many producers out there.