Is Logic for EVERYBODY?
Written by Jen Alfaro
Humility, vulnerability, and honesty. Logic’s third studio album, “Everybody”, speaks to a general audience, touching upon problems that humanity faces whether that be due to race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender. To tell an authentic story of the struggles people encounter every day, such as discrimination and racism, Logic takes the audience to a journey through different perspectives.
Act I, Hallelujah, hooks audiences with its upbeat, party-esc tone. Although the song does sound positive, once the lyrics are broken down, the purpose of the album is revealed. Logic wants the audience to open their minds to the journey he is about to take them through. A journey that includes perspectives of not only himself, but …
“This is for every race. This is for every color, every creed. Music does not discriminate”
The track ends with dialogue, narrated by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, playing God. In the exert, taken by The Egg, written by Andy Weir, Adam dies and is welcomed into an afterlife in which he will experience the life of everybody that has lived before, from Lincoln to Hitler to you and me.
The first perspective Logic touches upon is his own, a biracial man. Having “white privilege”, yet not being accepted by them and told to be ashamed of being black.
“White people told me as a child, as a little boy, playin with his toys
I should be ashamed to be black
And some black people look ashamed when I rap
Like my great granddaddy didn’t take a whip to the back”
Confess follows as Logic he lets things off his chest, talking to God one on one. As an atheist, Killer Mike questions God for the position he has put black people in.
“Dear God, I just wanna know why
Why do you put us here?
Why do you put us below?
Why do you put us subservient?
Why do you put us below these evil motherfuckers?”
It is an emotional feature, one that hits home. Although Killer Mike reveals that he may not believe in God and asks him to show himself, he continues to pray and hopes that something will be done eventually.
“Killing Spree”, featuring Ansel Elgort, takes a turn for a more aggressive and darker turn. Being blinded by superficial things and living life behind a screen while the world is going crazy. We are hash tagging the problem, but how long until a hash tag stops trending and the problem evaporates our thoughts?
“America”, which was one of the album’s best tracks, calls the country out on everything. Logic is a stranger to talking about politics in his music, but after Trump’s disappointing win in the presidential race, he felt the need to address the realest shit. He even calls his idol out, the one and only Kanye West for supporting the bigot.
“I’ll say what Kanye won’t
Wake the fuck up and give the people what they want
Man it’s all love but the youth is confused
Your music is 2020 but them political views Is blurred”
Black Though, Chuck D, Big Lenbo, and No I.D. shut down the beat, spitting the absolute truth. They shine the light on the dirty white politics that has yet to treat everyone equally, grant Flint clean water, and give Native Americans the land that was stolen from them.
Logic’s must vulnerable parts hit within tracks 10 and 11, 1-800-273-825 and Anziety.
Track 10 was named after the suicide hotline, the number in which people who are having these dark thoughts reach out to for support. In an interview with genius, Logic revealed that after meeting fans who confessed that his music has saved their lives, he finally realized the power his music had.
“What if I silenced my own fear and I say, “I’m scared talk about my race. I’m scared to talk about the state of this country but I’m going to do anyway. I’m going to persevere. Man, how many lives can I really save then?”
What is most significant about this track is the transition from hopelessness to optimism and hope in a better life. The first hook and verse is told in the perspective of one who is ready to end it all, followed by an alternate chorus
“I want you to be alive
You don’t gotta die today”
The song features Alessia Cara and Khalid
“Anziety” is a take on the moment Logic experienced an anxiety attack. It begins with Lucy Rose’s angelic voice over strings, mesmerizing us about how good life is until the tone takes a turn with a chord change and a darker side of Logic repeating how he’s getting in your mind. Although anxiety makes him feels like he is dying at one point, it’s all about accepting and embracing ourselves.
“We will be happy with the person we see in the mirror
We will accept ourselves
And live with anxiety”
Logic has always been open about his life, never shy to talk about the struggles he has overcome as a child. In “AfriAryaN”, he talks about witnessing his mother getting beat by different men and contributing to the racist comments he received. Logic never felt accept by whites or blacks, being told he should be ashamed of being black and at the same time being rejected and have people swear he was adopted. He is proud of being biracial, having the opportunity to embrace both sides and making it known. A feature from one of his idols, J. Cole, who is also a biracial rapper, contributes to the strong outro.
“Nigga, my advice, fuck the black and white shit
Be who you are, identify as a star…
Find God, learn to accept yourself
And I’m gone, accept Him”
A skit in the last track reveals that Logic’s next studio album will be his last, unfortunately. With his strongest conceptual album yet, one must wonder what the next has in store for us. One thing is for sure, his album art will not disappoint.