Logic has been buzzing in the underground for a number of years now, so it always seemed like it was only a matter of time before he released a successful album independently or via a major record label. There are rumors going around that No I.D., the person responsible for signing Logic to Def Jam, will be handling production duties for Logic’s debut album. That is a project that I’m sure many people will be looking forward to and we get a preview of what could be towards the end of Young Sinatra: Welcome To Forever. “Man Of The Year” lives up to my expectations and makes the anticipation for Logic’s debut project that much greater.
Now that I got the No I.D. track out the way, back to the rest of the album… Logic kicks off the new project with a very solid intro. On “Welcome To Forever,” Logic raps about his journey to being covered on magazines and blogs he used to read through. He also mentions Nas quoting his lyrics back to him the first time he met him. That’s got to be an incredible feeling for any artist trying to make it in the game. The next track is a bit more uptempo and is basically talking about his dislike for 9 to 5 (925) jobs. I think many people will relate to that track.
If you have been a Logic fan for some years now, you may be accustomed to his sampling and rapping over some classic Hip Hop instrumentals. This project is no different as Logic handles the hard task of rapping over Outkast’s classic track “Ms. Jackson” on “Roll Call.” Logic is well aware of the tough task by spitting “Y’all probably think I’m crazy for touching this instrumental, shout out my cousin (Ego) he know this shit sentimental.” Another notable instrumental Logic raps over may not be a classic, but its a personal favorite. On “Feel Good,” Logic raps over Kanye’s “Good Friday” instrumental that was a part of his G.O.O.D. Friday releases. Logic doesn’t disappoint on either instrumental.
There is a lot of all-new production on the project as well and Chicago’s very own C-Sick is responsible for producing a handful of tracks. It’s hard to choose a favorite track produced by C-Sick, but the previously released “Walk On By” is a track that stands out on the project. Another notable C-Sick-produced track is “Break It Down” featuring Jhene Aiko. I believe that Jhene could have been utilized more on the track but it is still a dope track. There are a few more features including a track with two fellow XXL Freshman List members Kid Ink and Trinidad Jame$, but my favorite feature aside from Jhene is Logic’s track with fellow VMG member Castro. Castro and Logic drop some boastful rhymes over crazy production by Arthur McArthur.
Logic definitely earned his spot on the Def Jam roster. And with full creative control, I am sure he will have continued success as he makes his transition to the mainstream. Download Young Sinatra: Welcome To Forever here.
Key Tracks: Man of The Year, Break It Down, Welcome To Forever, Walk On By, The Come Up, Nasty, Ballin