As the weather continues to heat up, so does the amount of high quality rap releases; the latest being Maryland rep and Def Jam spitter Logic's latest LP, Everybody. In a year that has been filled with some of the game's biggest names and brightest stars showing up to the party with bodies of work that could potentially be career-defining efforts, Logic has followed suit on his third studio album, turning in a collection of songs that rivals all of his previous work, while building on the standard already set and raising the bar even higher. While Logic's 2014 debut, Under Pressure, was arguably the sleeper project of that year, Everybody arrives with all eyes on the biracial rapper, as he continues to climb the rungs of the hip-hop food chain, positioning himself as one of the more commercially viable lyricists with his ability to balance being wordy and riveting.
Capable of constructing an instrumental by his own devices, Logic is by no means selfish with the credit, collaborating with producers like NO I.D., DJ Khalil, 6ix, Bobby Campbell, C-Sick, Wallis, and other beatsmiths, the results of which are a diverse selection of soundbeds that are all refined and instantly capture the listener's attention. Logic may rap circles around many of his peers, but as usual, he does so with a purpose on Everybody, dissecting a myriad of topics related to race, religion, politics, and mental health, making the album one of the more topically rich projects to touch down in 2017.
Having had time to dive into Logic's latest offering, we've picked and ranked the five best songs on Everybody. Where does your favorite stack up?
"Anziety"Logic Featuring Lucy Stone
Vocalist Lucy Stone appears alongside Logic on "Anziety," a song that finds the rapper analyzing the affects of anxiety, how it relates to depression, and the many ways that it can manifest in one's life. Produced By Wallis Lane, Logic & 6ix, the track begins with an airy, string-laden soundbed, before suddenly transitioning into a collage of pounding bass, kicks, and snares. Letting the listener know that "everything will be okay," Logic crafts a tune that was inspired by his own experiences and that of his fans, an example of the endearing qualities that have made the unlikely star a cult-like figure in hip-hop.
"Confess"Logic Featuring Killer Mike
Logic conveys the desperation of Americans stemming from the sociopolitical crisis' that have caught the attention of the world on "Confess," one of the first highlights on Everybody that is likely to resonate with listeners. Produced By 6ix & Logic, "Confess" cuts to the core, as Logic raps "I’m a dirty mothafucka, a waste of life, a waste of skin/Wanna repent, don’t know where to begin/Next of kin don’t give a damn 'bout me/I know God don’t give a damn 'bout me," words that ring out and speak to the sentiments shared by many in these trying times that have divided the country. Enlisting Killer Mike, who gives a resounding speech directed at the man above and the powers that be, to appear alongside him, Logic scores a winner.
"1-800-273-8255"Logic Featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid
"I've been on the low, I been taking my time/I feel like I'm out of my mind, it feel like my life ain't mine," Logic belts out on "1-800-273-8255," a song that addresses depression and suicidal thoughts and is one of the more meaningful raps songs to be released in recent memory, Featuring singers Alessia Cara and Khalid, "1-800-273-8255" finds the three speaking from the heart over rich, piano driven production by 6ix & Logic. Using the number of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline as the title of the song, Logic delivers a song with a purpose in "1-800-273-8255," which is a welcome change of pace.
"America"Logic Featuring Black Thought, Chuck D, Big Lenbo & NO I.D.
Logic, No I.D. & 6ix helm the boards on "America," a rollicking composition on which the Def Jam spitter creates havoc and reels in a few respected veterans to help him get his point across. Lamenting the state of disarray in America, Black Thought, who appears alongside fellow guests Chuck D, Big Lenbo, and No. I.D., drops the winning quotable "The world going mad over one drug/I'm filling up a bag at the gun club/In the shadow of a nation that it once was/All this false information I'ma unplug, young blood," while the voice of Public Enemy makes reference of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan and other atrocities. Shooting slugs from his brain like Cobain, Logic turns in a selection that is equally insightful as it is explosive.
"AfricAryan"Logic Featuring Neil deGrasse Tyson
"I feel the Aryan in my blood, it's scarier than a Blood/Been looking for holy water, now I’m praying for a flood," Logic spills on "AfricAryan," the last song on Everybody's tracklist that doubles as its most noteworthy. Produced By J. Cole, 6ix & Logic, the rapper delves into his experiences as a biracial, and the discrimination he received from both African-Americans and whites, stringing together crafty stanzas that become ingrained in the listener's head by song's end. While Logic dazzles with his flurry of bars, the highlight of the track may be the unexpected appearance of J. Cole, who closes out the album with a brilliant verse urging Logic to put the past behind him and be content with who he is, advise that brings Everybody full circle and stamps "AfricAryan" as its pinnacle.