written by Carla Bynum
The Incredible True Story is a “motion picture sci-fi epic” that takes listeners on a journey into the future where a group of space travelers are on a mission to find a planet called Paradise. While on that mission, they listen to Logic’s at the time classic sophomore album.
Via his Twitter page, Logic noted that “Fade Away” is about death and how we all will leave this Earth one day so we should do something remarkable before we do. He promises the world will know his name before he fades away. The song ends with a conversation between Kai and Thomas about upgrades that Thalia has undergone since the last album and features a brief appearance from rapper Big Sean.
Logic has upgraded in every sense of the word on “Upgrade.” He has changed his style and perspective on life. Since Thalia is his narrator and life companion, she was upgraded as we saw in the last skit.
“White People (Scene)” is the first of four scenes on the album. While on their journey, Thomas and Kai come across another ship. After Thalia gathered information from the ship’s motherboard and retrieved a voice message recorded by Captain Christopher Smith in 2093, they all learn that him and his entire crew died while on their own journey to paradise. Kai and Thomas start to doubt whether they should continue on their journey but they decide to continue with the mission.
“Like Woah” is the album’s second single and features background vocals by Dria. Logic previously performed the song in London at the Wireless Festival in July but the song was officially released on October 14th. The song is about where Logic is in his life now and how amazing it is.
The album’s first single is “Young Jesus” and features Logic’s fellow Rattpack member Big Lenbo. The song has a ‘90s feel and samples James Black and RZA’s “Take a Fall For Me.”
Logic confesses some of his deepest thoughts on the track “Inner-Mission.” The song features vocals from Lucy Rose and a brief closing skit featuring an interview from the future of a child who left his planet.
Logic is the greatest at being himself and he explains why on the turn-up song “I Am the Greatest.” He doesn’t try to be anyone else and he doesn’t care what anyone thinks of him. The song sample’s Muhammad Ali’s speech of the same name for the background vocals. It also samples the song “Fine For Now” by Grizzly Bear.
“The Cube (Scene)” is the second scene on the album and is dedicated to Logic’s love for the Rubik’s Cube. In a video posted on YouTube in January of this year, Logic solves a Rubik’s Cube in just over a minute while rapping. The ability to solve a Rubik’s Cube has long been considered a sign of extreme intelligence. In this scene, Kai is solving a Rubik’s Cube and tells Thomas that he gets so many women with the cube. Thomas then asks him to teach him how to solve it.
“Lord Willin’” Logic wants to make a difference and live life to the fullest doing what he loves. He feels blessed to be in the position he is in to live out his dreams.
Logic showcases his singing skills on the track “City of Stars” about his love-hate relationship with hip-hop. Logic described the song as a break up song with hip-hop. It is mainly about people who try to say that rappers have to sound a certain way and follow a certain formula. He wanted this album to sound like him and not like anything out there already so he could set himself free from that notion.
Logic delivers a message for silver fed rappers who try to make a come up with violence laced lyrics on the track “Stainless” featuring Dria.
In the third scene “Babel (Scene),” Kai and Thomas start to wonder if their journey to find paradise is worth it since everyone else who has tried have either failed or died. They also wonder what will happen when they reach paradise. Will they destroy it the same way they did Earth? Will it be more like purgatory than paradise?
While “Paradise” sounds like two completely different songs, it is all about his life growing up and how he had to struggle to make it to where he is now. He has to continue grinding to make it to paradise and that’s what he plans to do despite all the people who try to knock him down. He likes the naysayers because proving them wrong is the greatest feeling in his opinion.
While every day is a struggle for Logic, he refuses to let the devil win in “Never Been.” He’s been surrounded by negativity his entire life but he will not let it get to him. If he knew what he knows now when he was younger he would be better than he’s ever been.
Anyone who follows Logic’s Twitter page knows that he all about peace, love, and positivity so there’s no surprise on “Run It” that he wants to convey the message that everyone should live their dream life and work for the life they want.
“Lucidity (Scene)” is the fourth and final scene on the album. Thomas and Kai talk about their dreams prior to the mission and how they haven’t been able to achieve them. Thomas wants something more than what they have gotten accustomed to.
Logic closes out the album with the title track “The Incredible True Story.” There are three parts to the song: Logic, an excerpt from Alan Watts’ “What If Money Was No Object?” speech, and dialogue between Kai, Thomas, and Thalia. Throughout the album, one of the most common themes is to do what you desire in life. On this song, listeners also find out that T.I.T.S.A.T.O.T.M.W.S.T.W. stands for The Incredible True Story and Transformation of the Man Who Saved the World, which happens to be Logic. Kai and Thomas have been in search of Paradise the entire album and they finally find it and can enjoy it as the album ends.
It seems as though the Maryland-bred rapper has beaten the sophomore album curse that many artists unfortunately go through. After the first album, it is hard to continue to capture and audience but Logic has managed to do so with his concept album The Incredible True Story.
One of the most refreshing things about Logic as an artist is his desire for peace, love, and positivity in the world. While there are so many rappers who glorify gang violence, drugs, and other negative acts, Logic takes his story and attempts to encourage listeners to prosper no matter how bad their childhood may have been.
Recommended Tracks: “I Am The Greatest,” “Lord Willin’,” “The Incredible True Story,” “Fade Away”