Album Review: No Pressure by Logic

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Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, or more known by his stage name Logic, is an American rapper and songwriter. If you watched the latest episode of my podcast, you heard that he officially retired once the album came out. Whether that be true or not, a lot of people are speculating he will come back after a few years. Despite people thinking that his albums have gone down in quality, No Pressure, his sixth studio album, has exceeded expectations for several people.

The first track from the album is the introduction and title track, No Pressure. It opens up with a relaxed and chillhop type beat. It also features Thalia, which is a voice that was used on his Under Pressure project. We also have some voice clips from Orson Welles, which we will see more from later. It seems like Logic fans are getting what they wanted for a while since he seems to pay homage to his debut album. He also briefly talks about how people have criticized his work in recent years but doesn’t care what people have to say about him or his music.

Hit My Line starts out with a piano repeating a line of chords. Not sure if I can quite pinpoint the sample, but several people are saying he sampled IGOR’S THEME by Tyler, the Creator. He also incorporates some singing on this track which some people have criticized in his past, but it honestly isn’t too terrible. After his singing chorus, he comes in hard and mentions Kanye’s track, Jesus Walks. Later in the album, it says that Kanye was an influence for Logic when making music. The track ends with Thalia mentioning that Logic worked with producer No I.D. again. She also says that the album was created in a course of one week, which might make some people uneasy with how quick it was created.

GP4 brings us back to the smooth chillhop and simple vibes. This is also a continuation of his Growing Pains series. The most recent Growing Pains III was on his debut album. You can tell that OutKast’s track, Elevators (Me & You) was a huge influence for this track since the chorus of GP4 interpolates that track. Logic talks about his past and how he was able to break through, even though he was growing up poor. The track ends with Thalia talking about how this is the most recent reunion of Logic and No I.D. since it has been six years since they have made a project.

Celebration opens up with a soulful feature from A World Without You by Johnson, Hawkins, Tatum, & Durr. Again, this song interpolates Kanye West’s track, Celebration. Logic talks about how fans or people tell him how he should rap, but he just tells them that he’s famous and doesn’t have to listen to them. He also flexes about having a mansion and why the ‘haters’ are just sleeping on a cot. This track features Silas who is a part of Logic’s record label.

Open Mic\\Aquarius III tries to portray a live feeling with the opening line. Logic definitely kills it on this track with just one verse after the other. The first two verses talk about how he grew up poor during his childhood and how group homes are bad for children. He talks about wanting to have money and being there for his children. The third and fourth verses talk about living his life to the fullest and not worrying about his music career now that his son is here.

Soul Food II is a part two of his track on Under Pressure titled Soul Food. Logic fans are greeted with the sample from the first Soul Food. This track is split up into two parts. The first part features the sample from Soul Food and Logic talks about being in the 2013 XXL Freshmen class, but people liking his older albums. For the second part, the beat twists to another soulful feature. He also pays homage to his album, The Incredible True Story.

Perfect marks the shortest track on the album, just under two minutes in length. This is definitely more of the trap styled beats that have been on his more recent albums. It also features the ‘Perfect’ and ‘Fire’ soundbits from Street Fighter II. He speaks in complete opposites saying how he’s loved but also hated by critics, and how he started from the bottom (Drake reference), but now he sleeps in a gated community. Thalia mentions Logic’s inspirations, and of course, Kanye West is listed as one of them.

man i is features a sweet jazz and soul-filled beat, Dreamflower by Tarika Blue. It is such a laid back track, but definitely a great one from Logic. He talks about his dangerous upbringing in West Deer Park in Maryland, but he wouldn’t change his past since it made him the person who he is today. The second verse seems to really focus on that concept of self-growth and being the best version of yourself that you can be.

I really enjoy the beat for DadBod, but the lyrics of the track can be a little bit iffy later on. I joked about this on my podcast saying that Logic wouldn’t have anything to rap about once he becomes a father and would be like Chance the Rapper rapping about his wife. And guess what.. Logic mentioned that he loved his wife like Chance. Other than that, he talks about how fans want him to rap about life, but saying his life isn’t what it used to be.

5 Hooks has a sample from Grown Up Calls by Toro y Moi. If you haven’t heard of Toro y Moi, he’s a singer and producer, and I highly recommend his album, Anything in Return. The title of the track, 5 Hooks is supposed to represent the amount of hooks on the album. There are only five tracks on the album that have a hook. Thalia ends the track by saying living your life is much different than being alive, which Logic has touched on from time to time on the album.

Dark Place, just like the title suggests, gives off a dark and eerie vibe to start the track off. Logic opens up about his mental and health, such as depression and anxiety. People want the old Logic, but he doesn’t want to rap about that stuff anymore since he wants to put that behind him. People don’t realize how much pain he was in trying to get famous. The track ends with a speech about status from Alan Watts.

A2Z opens up with a spoken conversation between Logic and his child. He talks to his child and asks him if he wants to learn the alphabet. Honestly, the way Logic goes through this track is pretty clever. While I’m not a fan of the track, I have to give him props for going through each letter of the alphabet on different bars. The last part of the track is an old recording of Logic back in 2005 when he first started rapping.

Heard Em Say is supposed to interpolate Kanye West’s track, Heard Em Say. With a lot of Kanye West references throughout the album, you can tell that he was a huge inspiration for Logic. The chorus of the track features singer Chris Thompson that is repeated throughout. Logic seems to be reflecting on his life decisions and choices, as well as why he’s making music for the people who listen to his music, not for those that complain. This track officially ends the No Pressure segment of Logic’s album according to Thalia. Logic’s last album was supposed to be Ultra 85, which includes the last two tracks.

Amen starts with a singing Logic as well as a piano. Based on the title and the lyrics of the track, he seems to thank God and has religion on his side. He talks about how lucky he is to have all of his fans and the life that he currently has. He’s thankful for everything that has happened to get him to where he is today. Besides that, this is technically the ending of his album and his career since the last track doesn’t have Logic rapping or singing, just a quick ‘Logic’ adlib thrown in there.

The final track from the album is Obediently Yours. As I mentioned above, it doesn’t feature Logic, it features a segment from Orson Welles from his radio show. The radio show followed the attack of Issac Woodward Jr by a police officer. On this, Orson Welles talks about a lot of different things such as race and police brutality. While this took place over 70 years ago, a lot of it is relevant today and is an important message for everyone to listen to.

I am surprised by the production and lyricism from this album. Even though this was his last album and hasn’t had that great of albums for the past few years, I am sad to see Logic leave from music since this was such a well put together album. I really hope we get to see Logic rapping in the future since he is capable of making top tier music.
Overall Rating: 9/10
Favorite Tracks: No Pressure, Celebration, Open Mic\\Aquarius III, man i is, DadBod, Obediently Yours

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