by Carla Bynum
On May 5th, he released his third and penultimate studio album Everybody via Visionary Music Group and Def Jam Recordings. For the first time, Logic goes into depth about his upbringing and his views on religion and politics.
No matter what your views and beliefs are, Logic wants listeners to open up their minds and listen to what he has to say. The album opens up with the song “Hallelujah,” a reflection of Logic’s view on the world. The song samples “Flying High” by Travis $cott featuring Toro y Moi. The song ends with a skit that depicts the theme for the entire album. Listeners are introduced to Atom who is walking home from work when he’s involved in an accident and dies. He finds himself in a “waiting room” where he meets God.
Logic knows that he isn’t perfect and he had to repent for some of his actions. “Confess” captures the feelings of people who may feel worthless because of some of the decisions they’ve made in life and how they want someone to save them. The song closes with a powerful rant from Killer Mike. He wonders if God is real and why he put us in an evil world. “All I wanna do is believe in you,” Killer Mike says on the outro. “Please explain to me why. Why do we suffer? Why do we die?” He’s tired of hurting and being second guessed because of his skin color and he can’t take it anymore.
On the track “Killing Spree,” Logic raps about the disconnect between people in the time of social media and cell phones. “Everybody looking for the meaning of life through a cell phone screen,” he raps on the track. Logic is guilty of putting too much time into his phone and wishes he could disconnect more and have time to reflect. The song features actor and singer Ansel Elgort.
Growing up biracial, Logic was constantly faced with racism. He was oftentimes told he wasn’t black enough and that he doesn’t know what it’s like to struggle, which isn’t true. He has told his childhood story many times before but on the track “Take it Back,” he realizes those experiences made him who he is today. He takes it all the way back to 1990 on the outro when he was born in Rockville, Maryland to a black father and white mother. He reflects on his childhood and how his parents were addicted to drugs and his mother was racist. He always identified as black but people told him he wasn’t black enough. All he ever wanted was happiness and to entertain but he was always faced with negativity. He decided he wasn’t going to let his childhood experiences dictate his future. He chose to persevere and his message in life is always “peace, love, and positivity.” He is a proud lover of all human beings regardless of race, religion, color, creed, or sexual orientation. He encourages listeners to live their lives the best they can and let people say or believe whatever they want.
For the first time, Logic gets political on the song “America,” which features Black Thought, Chuck D, Big Lenbo, and No I.D. They all rap from different perspectives on the current state of America. In the fifth verse, Logic raps from the perspective of a guy from the hood who tells his story about the way he views America.
“Ink Blot” is from the perspective of a rapper who isn’t happy with his life because he isn’t being true to himself. He’s a rapper who is focused on money and materialistic things and raps about whatever other people want him to. Juicy J lends his voice to the track to help paint the picture for listeners.
“Mos Definitely” was inspired by a conversation Logic had with a friend of his. The friend left the streets to get an education but now he’s in debt and on the verge of losing his home. The friend wants to use his degree to better himself but he’s being pushed back into a lifestyle that he no longer wants to partake in. The chant listeners hear on the outro is a nod to Mos Def’s “Black People” chant at the end of his 1999 single “Umi Says.”
The skit “Waiting Room” is based on the theory in Andy Weir’s book The Egg. During the skit, we are reintroduced to Atom who is still in the waiting room and has a series of questions about the meaning of life. God tells Atom that he is every human being in the universe and once he walks in the shoes of every race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, loving and hateful person, he will understand how precious life truly is.
“1-800-273-8255,” which is the number for the Suicide Prevention Lifeline, is a song that shows a vulnerable side of Logic. The beginning of the song is from the perspective of someone who calls the hotline because they want to commit suicide. In the second verse, they realize that they don’t want to die anymore and things aren’t that bad and they will make it through. The song also features Alessia Cara and Khalid.
“I made this song for all of you who are in a dark place and can’t seem to find the light,” Logic tweeted about the song on April 26th.
Logic gives listeners a glimpse into his life and the anxiety he’s felt on the track “Anziety.” Logic suffers from major anxiety and has described it as amazing and special. People oftentimes want to portray anxiety as a villain and Logic believes that without anxiety and fear we would be living our lives as if everything is perfect. The song features singer-songwriter Lucy Rose.
Logic aims to fight against stereotypes on the track “Black SpiderMan” featuring Damian Lamar Hudson. He encourages people to accept diversity because differences are beautiful. ‘The things that make us different should not separate us.’ The songs title was inspired by a rumor last year that said Donald Glover would play SpiderMan in an upcoming adaptation. Some people were upset by the news because Glover is black.
“Spider-Man should be Black. James Bond should be gay if he wants. If we want to make a gay James Bond, fuck it. Why not? It’s 2017, why not? Who gives a shit?”
Logic wanted to end the song on a lighthearted note so he included the last minute skit featuring him and Sir Dylan pretending to be kids getting high and they get the idea that “Spider-Man should be black.”
Logic reflects on his biracial upbringing on the closer “AfricAryaN” featuring Neil deGrasse. He has held in his feelings for 27 years and he decided to let it out on this album. When some white people found out his father is black, they start treating him different. When he identifies as black, black people have negative things to say as well.
The song also features another appearance by Atom and God. Atom asks what advice God would give humanity. God replies:
Live your life. Don’t waste your days on the negative energy of others. Remember that you’re not your salary. You’re not your house. You’re not your car. And no matter how big your bank account is, your grave is six feet under just like everyone else’s. So enjoy the days you have. Worry not bout the days that came before you. Nor the ones that will follow you in death. Remember that right here in this moment is all you are guaranteed, and the fact that you are living is what life is all about. So live your life to the fullest, according to your happiness and the betterment of all
There’s also a scene on the track that takes place where The Incredible True Story left off with Quentin Thomas and William Kai exploring paradise. While they are exploring, they cue up Logic’s fourth album, which they reveal will be his last album.
The song officially closes with an outro by J. Cole. At the start of the outro Cole raps from Logic’s perspective. In the second half, he gives him advice to stop seeking approval from strangers, find God and learn to accept himself.
The deluxe version of the album features a full length video documentary that explores the making and behind-the-scenes footage of the album.
Logic is a rare talent in the rap world. His ability to tell a story and explore different aspects of his journey while remaining positive makes him a remarkable artist. With the release of his third studio album Everybody, he decided to take a step back and make an album that everyone can relate to and he does so flawlessly.
Recommended Tracks: “1-800-273-8255,” “Confess,” “Take it Back,” “AfricAryan”