After the success of his hit single "1-800-273-8255" ft. Alessia Cara and Khalid, there are a lot of expectations from the rapper for his following album Everybody. Everybody left some fans disappointed and others in awe. No one heard that Logic was going to drop a new album until just 48 hours prior to. Logic dropped his album Bobby Tarantino II on March 9, 2018 and I have listened to it three times through already. Logic takes us back to his mixtape days with an album that he describes as “An unapologetically fun project that balances wisdom and wit.” Bobby Tarantino was the work that Logic released after his album that took him to the charts The Incredible True Story, so Logic takes us back to the art that he was creating before pop rap took the charts. For those of you who don’t know, Bobby is one of Logic’s nicknames, so the mixtape is supposed to give us the synopsis of his life since Bobby Tarantino came about. Personally, I am a Logic fan and supporter, and I believe that he one of the most underrated rap artists in that genre of his time. I’ll take you through each song of the album and walk you through some lyrics that stood out to me. Enjoy!
1. "Grandpa’s Spaceship"
Logic starts his mixtape out by recruiting some familiar voices of one of America’s growing cartoon shows. Rick and Morty start the tape off by talking about the difference between mixtape Logic and album Logic. Meaning, Logic has two different sounds and turned away from his sound in the original Bobby Tarantino mixtape.
As the first ‘song’ on the mixtape, Logic introduces us into an original sound. Walking us through what he experienced with having to work for where he is at. A world where $200 a show was an accomplishment. Most outsiders of the music industry only see artists blowing up ‘overnight’ but do not fully see the story behind the songs and the hard work that artists and bands go through everyday just trying to make a name for themselves. Logic embodies that with this song.
The definition of contra is to be opposite or against. Today, knowing someone famous will make you famous. Most people live by this and pursue a life of just wanting to be in with the wealthy. Contrary to popular belief, those who are rich and famous don’t forget about those who doubted them before the fame and fortune. They understand who tries to come back into their lives once they hit that point in success, and don’t want to tailor to their needs. This song keeps your head bopping with relatable lyrics for people that worked hard despite those who doubted them.
4. "Boomtrap Protocol"
Logic has always been known for mixing new and old styles of hip hop and rap. The term "Boomtrap" is a portmanteau of the two sub genres in hip-hop, boom-bap, and trap. Boom-bap is the old style of hip-hop while trap is the newer sound in the hip-hop scene. So, the song is more of a dedication and explanation as to where he stands with his sound in the world of hip-hop.
Logic has stood in a long-standing feud with Joyner Lucas, and "Yuck" is a clap back at him and all the others who have had beef with the 28-year old rapper. Logic drops lines such as "Talkin' s**t 'bout Logic, I never respond/ I'll let success talk, 'cause a word of advice: More achievements for yourself and less talk/Cats beef with Logic, yeah, they prayin' I respond/If I ever did, I dead you in this game with no respawn/Peace, Love, and Positivity, that's all I want with you/But you push the issue 'cause I give you more press than your publicist could ever get you" and what I gathered from this, was that Logic was fed up with the issues and the arguments between the two of them and decided to clap back. To the end the song, he uses a voicemail from Elton John that could be a jab at Joyner as well. Joyner once collaborated with Logic on a song and rapped about gloating to Elton John.
6. "Indica Badu" (Feat. Wiz Khalifa)
In 2016, Logic announce that he was going to quit cannabis and that he was done with it. Recently, he released a photo that hinted that he had started again. Featuring Wiz Khalifa, "Indica Badu" is an ode to the artists' perception of smoking and how it is incorporated into their lives.
This two-part song tells more of a story of Logic. The first part is an expression of how his lifestyle beats the normal rapper life, how he is home bodied person and chooses to view his music as work rather than play. The second part of the song expresses his success and how being humble and living the way he chose led him to a life of accolades.
8. "Warm It Up" (Feat. Young Sinatra)
Logic's young persona ‘Young Sinatra’ is what influences the way of this song. He references most of his old work throughout the song and praises his old self and style. He doesn’t want to forget about his old self and that it stays with him through it all.
9. "Wizard of Oz"
Comparing his success and himself to the Wizard of Oz, Logic tells the listeners how far he has come in his career and how he is running the city (his fans and the rap game), and that he is changing the world and helping them through their lives too and giving them a chance to latch onto something bigger. Assuming this is a song about the success of his single "1-800-273-8255".
10. "State of Emergency" (feat. 2 Chainz)
Throughout the album, you start to see the hidden frustration of Logic and the doubters who entered his life. In this song we hear not only Logic, but his guest 2 Chainz bragging about their success and where they came from compared to where they are now in their lives.
11. "Wassup" (feat. Big Sean)
As before, we are just seeing a trend through this mixtape about Logic reflecting back on his success and others success in the rap game.
12. "Everyday" – Logic and Marshmello
The much waited collab with Marshmello has arrived. The two have been teasing this collab for almost a year. In fact, Logic teased this song on his last tour by playing a piano version just himself. This song is the next step into his career, and I assume we will see more work like this on the next album.
13. "44 More"
Before Logic announced the new mixtape, he dropped this song as a single and it received a good amount of hype for it. His lines express not allowing fame to get to your head and to keep your mind straight and priorities correct. He preaches "You in the club throwin dollas, but I’m saving mine so my kids go to college," basically expressing his success and how he got to where he is. "44 Bars" was the last song off Bobby Tarantino and he alludes to this in the last line of the song. I thought that this was an extremely creative way to end the mix tape and to tie into the theme of tying back to his style of Bobby Tarantino.
If you have any other suggestions for me, let me know! Hope you enjoyed some or all these songs. Make sure to support your local music scene ALWAYS and let the world know your favorite music. Let me know what music you want me to review next!
Keep checking back for more music updates and reviews on new music, up and coming bands, and so much more! Email me at [email protected] if you want me to check your music and band!