20 Oct Brightside Review: Logic’s ‘Under Pressure’
[dropcap size=small]M[/dropcap]an, an iTunes pre-order has never felt so good. We’ve waited for a long time people, and it’s finally here. Under Pressure. An album meant to change what status was given to hip-hop by greed, meant to resurrect what’s– for me, always been dead.
I have a weird connection with Logic, so I’ll try to remain completely unbiased during this review. Don’t worry, it’s not a creepy connection. My pursuit in music began right around the same time I discovered Logic, and that was back when he had 300 followers on Twitter and was just a small town kid out of the Maryland area. But, just like every other hip-hop artist I see potential in, has never proven me wrong. Pretentious, I know, but it means a lot to follow artist from start to success. Now that that’s out of the way, here is my review.
Besides giving me an awesome new term (“Gang Related”) I’m not as impressed with Logic’s song title choices. “Soul Food” is nice, and I’m glad there’s a “Growing Pains III”, but I’m disappointed there’s no continuation of the “Young Sinatra” saga. However, we’re introduced to “Nikki” which could perhaps be another storyline amongst Logic’s rhymes. Always enjoy that.
Of course you know No I.D. brought the heat on Under Pressure which comes at no surprise. I have to say, I’m most impressed with the intro track. It’s the most original production on the tape, and the build up combined with Logic’s prep serves as a goosebumps inducing trigger. I love those feelings, and as I sit and continue to listen through, it’s getting hard to stay comfortable.
Compared to past albums, I see this drop as a maturation to Logic’s attitude, quality, and intelligence. The lyrics are strung together in a much more comprehensible manner, while still maintaining the quick paced nature I’ve always stuck around for. Now that he has a producer with the experience you would need to create a real tape, the songs roll along in a less repetitive manner, and the samples in between breaths add a flare I’ve never heard in the Maryland emcees music before.
Last but not least is the collaboration between L and my original prediction of stardom, Big Sean. It’s so great to hear Sean rhyme like I know he can, and the song truly expresses that feeling of letting loose.
I’m going to give this one a 4.2. I’ve waited a long time, I’ve been a consistent fan, so maybe I expected to expect too much. BUT, don’t get me wrong when I say this album means a ton to kids everywhere who believe in lyricism and hip-hop as a marriage. It’s poetry at its finest, spewing from a kid I first knew as Young Sinatra.