It’s fitting that Logic’s most rap-centric album in years comes fresh off the back of his full-blown "retirement." After making a virtuous curtain call on 2020’s No Pressure, the Maryland native unceremoniously returned to the game just 11 months later, tapping into his worst mock-trap tendencies on Bobby Tarantino 3. Evidently, he got his second wind in 2022 and released a statement piece with 2022's Vinyl Days.
Logic's seventh studio album is a weighty tribute to the golden age of '90s hip-hop, and his scholarly passion for the genre is present in every fiber of the project’s composition. Verses are searing with the no-holds-barred lyricism of that era, colored by tributes to Dilla and Lupe, and shipped with a head-nodding cadence that would make B Rabbitt proud. The album’s production -- a veritable vault of boom-bap gems -- ranks among the best the artist has touched, with artful sample chops, concrete drumlines, and nostalgic, warm overtones. The stream of consciousness writing, perhaps prompted by Logic’s no-stakes return to the game, leads to some questionable moments -- like his weirdly murderous confessions about critic Anthony Fantano -- but offers more value in making the project feel like an extension of his state of mind. A touching plea for Madlib to revive his Quasimoto alter ego, an origin story for Mac DeMarco’s Salad Days over RZA production -- these moments couldn’t have come from anyone else.
|A3||In My Lifetime|
|D3||I Guess I Love It|