Twenty-five-year-old Maryland rapper Logic’s rap career has been defined by two seemingly contradictory through-lines: on the one hand, relentless criticism; on the other, a cult following. With four mixtapes and his debut album, Under Pressure, under his belt, the Def Jam signee’s sophomore effort, The Incredible True Story, comes with weighted expectations, both good and bad. It may just silence a few of his critics, if not all of them — The Incredible True Story delivers a multi-faceted aural experience.
Set against a sci-fi backdrop, The Incredible True Story follows two “post-Earth” individuals on a journey to Paradise nearly 100 years into the future. The show gets a head start with a dope futuristic video intro, while “Fade Away” finds Logic spitting over dense bass, layers of vocal jazz-esque harmonizing and a bouncy, snapping drum beat. The utopic odyssey jumps into high-gear with the 6ix-produced “Like Whoa,” followed by ’90s-style cut “Young Jesus,”.
I understood Logic’s appeal before his show at Atlanta’s Tabernacle Friday (March 18). He is a technically skilled rapper, who is a master of rhymes. Logic is inoffensive and well-produced. He is part of a category of rappers of whom J. Cole embodies the best case success scenario. Logic is smart, conscious, talented, but without much of a persona outside the music. Logic’s good energy on stage quickly, gave his fans instant gratification. The wavy vibes were through the roof. On another note, security was really tight and rude! They were pushy and some took their position of authority to serious. The bartenders were amazing and filled with great energy- needless to say the drinks were excellent too.
In his studio recordings, Logic’s words and flow are the most impressive thing and supposed to be the focus. But live, that did not always translate. He can rap fast, yes, but in person it is difficult to pick out more than a word or two here and there, and it often sounded like he was spitting rhythmic gibberish. All in all, Logic gave a great energetic performance. He expressed his love for Atlanta and almost shed tears when the fans knew all of the lyrics. The night was filled with drunk young people, great vibes, and great music.
Logic was joined onstage by one DJ and one photographer, plus an LED screen that projected images of neighborhood streets and figures like Muhammad Ali and Steve Jobs, adding a bit of atmosphere. He performed fans’ favorites like “City of Stars,” “Fade Away” and “Upgraded”. Logic also surprised his fans with a guest appearance rapper Big Lenbo. While Logic effortlessly mimics the great flows of the ’90s, it’s Big Lenbo’s brash delivery that weaves it together. Channelling early Kanye West, the album hits turbulence with the hip-hop breakup story, “City of Stars,” but quickly smoothes back out with the Jesse Boykins III-driven “Paradise.”
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