The Logic behind ‘Everybody’

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Chad Smith, Reporter

Over the past three years, Maryland rapper Logic has been dropping a string of new music, starting with his debut album “Under Pressure,” then following up with “The Incredible True Story” and his mixtape “Bobby Tarantino.” His previous work has discussed topics of his life and the world around him, and on his new album “Everybody,” those two subjects come together in one project promoting unity and equality amongst all people.

 

The album opens up with the larger-than-life, orchestral track “Hallelujah.” It does a good job of setting the stage for the album, telling listeners to repeatedly “open your mind” and features repeated messages of praise and equality. Other topics further discussed on the album include conflicts affecting Logic’s own life, such as his anxiety, social media influences and his biracial background.

 

Even though Logic comes across as mindful of the problems he faces, some of his discussions of them fail to provide the depth he is looking to offer on the album. For example, the mere fact that he is of mixed races is repeated numerous times on the album, nearly trivializing the issue’s significance due to its constant repetition. Countless tracks speak about this topic, but none serve to offer a full and decent analysis of the problem at hand.

 

While most of the lyrical content Logic provides while speaking on racial problems is offered with a degree of vagueness, some of the other topics discussed come off as fresh, such as that of his anxiety on the track “Anziety.” Throughout the song, Logic speaks about the issues he has dealt with due to his condition and how he no longer wants the problem to hold him back, giving hope to others with the disorder.

 

One interesting feature throughout the album is astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson who plays a god-like entity speaking to a young man named Atom who has died in an accident. Tyson attempts to explain to Atom that once he has lived the life of every person of every race, religion, gender, etc., he will finally reach the afterlife and understand the meaning of life, which is basically just to live one’s own life without worrying about the lives of others. This element adds an interesting new layer to the album’s concept and theme.  

 

Logic and his in-house producer, 6ix, provide many of the beats and instrumentals on the album. Similar to their previous work, the overall production and musical quality is very high and masterfully executed, something to be expected of the duo’s work together. The beats hit hard and are well-crafted sonically, featuring beautiful melodies and strong rhythm and bass sections. The project also features a slew of other guests, each offering their own flavors to the album.

 

Overall, even with the album’s occasional faults and lack of depth, “Everybody” still comes together and offers an enjoyable and interesting listening experience.