For the last few years, Logic, an American rapper hailing from Maryland, has been on the rise. Considering his work ethic, it’s no surprise. The 26-year-old released two albums: “Under Pressure” in 2014 and “The Incredible True Story” in 2015. It’s fair to say that Logic pulled a Beyonce on us by using what is becoming a popular marketing strategy: Logic randomly decided to drop his third album entitled “Bobby Tarantino.”
Review by Jordan Marsh
For those who don’t know, Logic was heavily influenced by the Wu-Tang Clan as a kid, more specifically RZA. Ironically, Logic said that “Kill Bill Vol. 1,” which Quentin Tarantino directed with RZA producing the soundtrack, made him want to rap in the first place. It only makes sense that he chose “Bobby Tarantino” as the album title.
The album is filled with essence of Wu-Tang mixed with the sounds and styles of new age hip-hop. The album takes you on a journey that begins frantic and heavy but finishes smoother and more soulful. I’d recommend “Bobby Tarantino” to anyone who loves hip-hop and is trying to discover new music. Here are five songs I’d start with.
“Flexicution” is the perfect opening track. It’s a classic case of egotism as Logic flaunts about his recent success of his sophomore album, “The Incredible True Story.” Produced by 6ix, Logic’s in house producer, he creates a beat that sounds like a classic RZA beat over hard bass and snare. It’s a great song of choice because it’s styled like a 90’s hip-hop beat but Logic brings modern lyricism and an invigorated flow that’s similar to what you’d hear from popular hip-hop artists of today.
“The Jam” was a great choice to follow “Flexicution,” as it’s easily one of the hottest beats on the album. Continuing his constant flexing and smug attitude, Logic spits bar after bar mixed with another 6ix produced track that sounds like an old Dre beat mixed with the trap styled bass of today. It’s impressive that Logic continues to strive to be a real hip-hop artist, and he keeps that true not only in his choice of beats, but his ability to keep his flow moving at a fast speed with clever wordplay.
This track is one of the most interesting in terms of story, but what makes it even better is it includes a feature by Pusha T. “Wrist” is a fictional story by Logic, in the point of view of a Columbian drug lord who’s reflecting on his past decisions as he’s being raided. Produced by 6ix and Logic, and at this point, you gotta be impressed by the hunger in these young artists because every track off this album is enthusiastic and you can clearly hear that. Pusha T’s verse is a trickled-down version of Logic’s, as he goes on to explain the person, presumably him, who is the one buying the cocaine off the Columbians and redistributing it as crack on the streets. Even though the substance can seem heavy as a whole, there’s no doubt that the beat and flow of both artists is a banger.
“Bobby Tarantino” cools off with tracks like “44 bars” towards the end. It is a soulful-sounding sample mixed with softer bass that still sounds crisp and bright. One of the more serious songs, “44 Bars” is about Logic’s personal pain and self-determination issue he faces, but perseveres through, out of love for his fans and his consistent anticipation of sharing music with the public. One of the coolest aspects of the song is that is was recorded in three sessions over six months in Los Angeles, Hawaii, and London.
“Deeper Than Money”
Logic closed out the album in the most perfect way possible. “Deeper Than Money” is just straight funky and very similar to Kendrick Lamar as the overall concept and lyricism is extremely free flowing and a conscious stream of personal meaning. The first verse is from the point of view of somebody believing money will bring them happiness, while the second verse is from the perspective of Logic, telling the viewer what makes himself happy. The overall flow of this song is ridiculously good and is a straight vibe, and makes a great song to close the project.
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