Under Pressure [Deluxe Version]

Under Pressure [Deluxe Version]

by LogicLogic

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Acting as if the debut album still meant something in the post-mixtape anything-goes world (thanks Internet!), Maryland rapper Logic set himself up for something big after his crafted and beloved series of Young Sinatra mixtapes, but he could have called them Young Beatles. Those right-clickable freebies were like Please Please Me, while this mature entrance on Def Jam is his Rubber Soul turning into Revolver, offering a conceptual, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City-like journey through Logic's sad past, but adding to the mix Drake-sized charisma along with some innocent kid wit. "Metropolis" goes "Just left a hotel in Belgium, and their waffles was insane" with wide-eyed flair, chuckling and kicking it in stark contrast to Logic's admission elsewhere that selling crack rock to Dad was a low point for this now 24-year-old man. Family problems, addiction, and poverty are always knocking at Under Pressure's bedroom door, but the bedroom walls are lined with pictures of hip-hop heroes of all sorts, as "Bounce" finds the joy and creative outlet in a genre that goes "from Project Pat to Dilla." Phone messages from family weave in and out of the album, some of them now sober and asking the rapper to stop speaking of the past, but like the posters on the wall, they're just influences and milestones, as this feature-less album is filled to the brim with Logic, because with such insight, charm, honesty, and outlook, it absolutely should be. Likewise, "Under Pressure" is almost ten minutes long because that's what such a complex track deserves, embracing how the rapper's upswinging life is all tangles and contrasts, from a sister dealing with a post-rape life along with kids who hate her, and all while Logic is in danger of morphing into a fame-fed hypebeast ("I know that birthday, I missed it/I swear I told my assistant, but…."). Producer 6ix offers up fresh R&B ("Soul Food") and A$AP Mob-ish dream sequences ("Gang Related") while Logic goes whiz kid with his production on the pop-tacular highlight "Buried Alive." Even if this ambitious album is extremely busy with genre-hops, segues, sampled voices, and interludes popping up, it isn't cluttered, as if blueprints and album outlines were thoroughly discussed and tested, probably with executive producer No I.D.'s final approval. Just like Kendrick's stunning Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, Under Pressure is an autobiographical and odds-beating debut that arrives more fully formed than expected. Maybe all those mixtapes were all called Young Sinatra because the best was yet to come. [A Deluxe Version added six bonus tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/21/2014
Label: Def Jam
UPC: 0602547054159
catalogNumber: 002212802
Rank: 29262

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Logic   Primary Artist
Kevin Randolph   Synthesizer,Bass,Piano,Synthesizer Pads
Dylan   Synthesizer
Tom Lea   Violin,Viola
Steve Wyreman   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Piano
PAttYCraSH   Vocals
Josh Lippi   Bass
Ben Schwier   Organ,Piano
Terrace Martin   Saxophone
Claire Courchene   Cello
Camille "Ill Camille" Davis   Vocals
Frontrunnaz   Vocals
Zhen Liu   Keyboards
Cheryl Tan   Vocals
Big Lenbo   Handwriting
Anna Elyse Palchikoff   Spoken Word
Jessica Andrea   Vocals

Technical Credits

Bernie Worrell   Composer
S1   Producer
Bootsy Collins   Composer
George Clinton   Composer
P. Williams   Composer
André Benjamin   Composer
Kevin Randolph   Composer
Antwan Patton   Composer
P. Brown   Composer
Chris Atlas   Marketing
DJ Khalil   Producer
Steve "Swift" Thornton   Composer
Dun Deal   Producer
Logic   Producer,Additional Production
Rob Kinelski   Composer,Additional Production
T. Stewart   Composer
Rob Knox   Producer
C-Sick   Additional Production
Steve Wyreman   Composer,Additional Production
M-Phazes   Producer
Robin Tadross   Composer
J. McArthur   Composer
Scott Mescudi   Composer
D. Glover   Composer
R. Murray   Composer
J. Dutton   Composer
Kebu   Producer
E. Wright   Composer
D. Thornton   Composer
D. Perkins   Composer
D. Cunningham   Composer
Bobby Campbell   Engineer
DJ Dahi   Producer
Andy Proctor   Package Production
Skhye Hutch   Additional Production
Sean Anderson   Composer
No Id   Executive Producer
Sam Spratt   Artwork
Claire Courchene   Composer
M. Stroud   Composer
Nick Mahar   Booklet Design
Dacoury Natche   Composer
Tae Beast   Producer
Arjun Ivatury   Composer,Executive Producer
Chris Zarou   Executive Producer
Jonathan Benavente   Booklet Design
Robert Bryson Hall   Composer,Executive Producer
Khalil Abdul-Rahman   Composer
6ix   Producer,Additional Production

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