by LogicLogic


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There's a lot happening on Logic's third proper Def Jam album. Central is an adaptation of Andy Weir's The Egg, a short story in which a didactic God (portrayed here by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson) and a stupefied man (played by DJ Big Von) discuss, after the latter's tragic death, reincarnation and the meaning of life. The dialogue begins at the end of the opener, continues as the entirety of the five-minute ninth track, and concludes in the message-filled finale. Without it, there's still well over an hour of music, enough to accommodate a multitude of perspectives and themes from the affably verbose Logic, who still seems to enjoy rapping as much as John Legend does singing. Keeping track of whether Logic's writing from his own or someone else's vantage can be a challenge, but one doesn't need to be that familiar with his work to realize that this contains some of his most personal rhymes. The tone is set early when he declares "Music is made to assimilate," after which he examines what does the opposite. All the while, he details various prejudices he has faced as a light-skinned biracial man, down to the assumption that he must have had it easy despite being born to drug-addicted parents and raised in a violent household with a racist mother who called him the n-word (the six-letter version). The production, handled by 6ix and Logic with a handful of assists, ensures that the album doesn't get mired in concepts and turn into a Saturday Night Live student theater showcase skit. The majority of the tracks are uptempo and tend to change shape as they play out, generally switching between gnashing breakbeats and snaking trap beats with slightly woozy atmospheric touches. Most compelling of the stylistic diversions occurs in "1-800-273-8255," a modern orchestral pop number titled after the number for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, and the sonically and lyrically connected "Anziety," where Logic details his struggles with (and positive spin on) anxiety. Out of the dozen listed features, Killer Mike takes the prize for his blazing polemic addressed to God. The booklet also acknowledges Weir, though pre-808s Kanye West, post-Section.80 Kendrick Lamar, and Chance the Rapper continue to loom large in Logic and 6ix's approach to making panoramic rap albums.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/05/2017
Label: Def Jam
UPC: 0602557590463
catalogNumber: 002667002
Rank: 21601

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Logic   Primary Artist
Darius Campo   Violin
Victor Lawrence   Cello
David Low   Cello
Mark Robertson   Violin
Kevin Randolph   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Eun Mee Ahn   Violin
Neli Nikolaeva   Violin
DJ Khalil   Synthesizer,Bass,Piano,Horn
Alyssa Park   Violin
Daniel Seeff   Guitar
Sam Barsh   Keyboards
Robert   Vocals
Steve Wyreman   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,CS-80,Pianette
Robert Hall   Synthesizer
Josh Lippi   Guitar,Bass Guitar
Brett Banducci   Viola
Luke Maurer   Viola
Vanessa Freebairn-Smith   Cello
Hollywood Chamber Orchestra   Strings
Thomas Lea   Violin,Electric Violin
John Lindahl   Vocals
Leon Silva   Saxophone
Lucy Rose   Background Vocals
Chris Thornton   Background Vocals
Jermaine Cole   Vocals
No Id   Synthesizer Bass
Claire Courchene   Cello
Will Wells   Synthesizer,Vocals,Background Vocals,String Pads
Patrick Starr   Background Vocals
Dylan Wiggins   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Piano,Celeste,Vocals,Background Vocals,Mellotron,Synthesizer Bass,CS-80,Pianette,Hammond B3
Arjun Ivatury   Synthesizer,Drums
Chris Zarou   Background Vocals
Diondria Thornton   Vocals,Background Vocals
Cheryl Kim   Violin
Katie Sloan   Violin
Matt Funes   Viola
Damian Lemar Hudson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jessica Hall   Vocals,Background Vocals
Paula McKeva   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jessica Freer   Viola
Jordan Harris   Background Vocals
Sam Fischer   Violin

Technical Credits

Quincy Jones   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Kevin McKenzie   Composer
Mark Robertson   String Contractor
Ernest Wilson   Composer
Carlton Ridenhour   Composer
Danny Zook   Sample Clearance
Tariq Trotter   Composer
Shawn McKenzie   Composer
Shuntaro Tanikawa   Composer
Gabe Tesoriero   Publicity
DJ Khalil   Producer
Daniel Seeff   Composer
Jeremy Rubolino   Orchestration,String Arrangements,String Conductor
Sam Barsh   Composer
Logic   Director,Producer
William Smith   Composer
C-Sick   Producer
Thomas Lea   Composer
Michael Render   Composer
Bobby Campbell   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Kenta Yonesaka   Engineer
Chris Thornton   Composer
Jermaine Cole   Composer
Michi Tanaka   Composer
No Id   Producer
Sam Spratt   Art Direction,Illustrations,Cover Art
Paul Mitchell   Composer
Paul Lane   Package Production
Peter Kadin   Publicity
Alessia Caracciolo   Composer
Arjun Ivatury   Composer,Executive Producer
Robert Bryson Hall   Composer
Diondria Thornton   Composer
Charles Dumazer   Composer
Ron Cabiltes   Sample Clearance
Khalil Abdul-Rahman   Composer
Leon Ressalam   Composer
6ix   Producer
Khalid Robinson   Composer
Paimon Jahanbin   Composer
Damian Lemar Hudson   Composer
Vontae Thomas   Producer
Dominik Patrzek   Composer
Wallis Lane   Producer
Kendall Lock   Type Design
Nami Melumad   Orchestration
Nima Jahanbin   Composer

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