Logic, the rap­per tak­ing on the world with pos­i­tiv­ity

Mini-por­trait of the artist and rap­per, Logic

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Peace, love and Logic.

"Peace, love and pos­i­tiv­ity" is a slo­gan of rap­per, Logic. At only twenty-seven, his third al­bum, went straight to the top of the Amer­i­can charts. Poverty, racism, ho­mo­pho­bia, de­pres­sion… no sub­ject is taboo in his lyrics. He will be in Paris to per­form at the Bat­a­clan on 29 Oc­to­ber.

"Ev­ery­body", The 27-year-old rap­per Logic knows he’s made it. His al­bum “Ev­ery­body,” re­leased in early May, de­buted at No. 1 on the Bill­board pop chart. His San Fer­nando Val­ley­house re­flects the spoils that come with such suc­cess. 2. The home, com­plete with a pool, a bas­ket­ball court, a record­ing stu­dio and a skate ramp, is the young artist’s big­gest pur­chase to date. Re­cently, he mar­veled at the ac­qui­si­tion, all while sit­ting in its ad­ja­cent guest house. “The fact that this is my guest house is weird to me,” he says, re­lax­ing on a plush couch that nearly en­velops his wiry frame.

3. Born Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Logic em­bod­ies the clas­sic rags-to-riches tale. As the son of par­ents who strug­gled with ad­dic­tion, he grew up poor in Gaithers­burg, Mary­land. As a teen, he dis­cov­ered he had a gift for per­for­mance.

4. Af­ter re­leas­ing his first mix­tape, “Young, Broke & In­fa­mous,” in 2010, Logic honed his craft and slowly built up a cult fol­low­ing. Still, de­spite the trap­pings of main­stream suc­cess, he de­scribes

him­self as a nerdy rap­per whose mantra is “peace, love and pos­i­tiv­ity.” If one wants ev­i­dence of his geek­i­ness, it should be noted that he can rap while solv­ing a Ru­bik’s Cube, which he has done on­stage. Ad­di­tion­ally, lin­ing the walls of his guest home are dozens of cus­tom pop-art paint­ings from some of his fa­vorite shows, in­clud­ing “The Simp­sons,” “Fu­tu­rama” and “Bob’s Burg­ers.”

5. While his last al­bum, 2015’s “The In­cred­i­ble True Story,” payed homage to his love of science fic­tion and un­folded as a space odyssey, his lat­est, “Ev­ery­body,” marks a sharp turn for the rap­per. The po­lit­i­cally fo­cused project fea­tures Logic’s sig­na­ture rapid-fire flow on top­ics rang­ing from men­tal ill­ness to mass shoot­ings, mixed in with thought­ful per­sonal in­ter­ludes.

6. Such top­i­cal­ity on record came af­ter a bit of on­line drama. Af­ter nu­mer­ous re­cent re­ports of al­leged po­lice bru­tal­ity against mem­bers of the black com­mu­nity, Logic, a bira­cial artist, was crit­i­cized on so­cial me­dia for keep­ing quiet. His re­sponse? “I’m not go­ing to hash­tag it, talk about it on the In­ter­net for it to live for two sec­onds. I’m go­ing to make a whole ... al­bum so it lives for­ever,” he said af­ter a con­ver­sa­tion with rap­per and ac­tivist Killer Mike com­pelled him to go deeper and in­stead ex­plore more se­ri­ous is­sues in his mu­sic.

7. While ref­er­ences to his her­itage dot the al­bum, Logic hap­pily ticks off other top­ics he tack­les on “Ev­ery­body” — ho­mo­pho­bia, poverty, gang vi­o­lence and our place in the uni­verse. It’s a work heav­ily in­formed by his own ex­pe­ri­ences. One song, the summer hit “1-800-273-8255,” which fea­tures pop singers Alessia Cara and Khalid, takes its name from the Na­tional Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion Lifeline num­ber. An­other, “Anzi­ety,” ad- dresses a 2015 panic at­tack — and a bat­tle with crip­pling anx­i­ety — that led him to the hos­pi­tal.

8.“Even right now I feel a lit­tle anx­ious,” he ad­mits. Although he’s learned to man­age his un­ease and has found self-ac­cep­tance, Logic is still in ther­apy, even paus­ing briefly dur­ing an in­ter­view to text his ther­a­pist.“My whole life was about try­ing to be ac­cepted by oth­ers and try­ing to be this guy in hip-hop and rap,” he says, “and now that I am I re­al­ize it was never about that.”

9. It’s this open­ness and con­tem­pla­tion that’ve made him pop­u­lar, says man­ager Chris Zarou. That in­cludes Logic’s use of so­cial me­dia to foster in­ti­mate fan in­ter­ac­tions, w which have helped build his car reer, in­stead of tra­di­tional means s such as ra­dio. “He would sit there f for hours and in­ter­act with these fans,” Zarou said. “I think they buy my al­bums be­cause they w want me to be suc­cess­ful and they want me to be a voice,” Logic sug­gests of fans. “Maybe they feel I rep­re­sent their voice.”


10. Still, Logic is ready to break free from just hip-hop. He re­cently re­vealed that his next al­bum will be his last, at least as the Logic fans have come to know. He’s work­ing on a book, tak­ing singing lessons and writ­ing bal­lads, and he hopes to star in tele­vi­sion shows and movies. “There's no rea­son I can't be the Mick Jag­ger or El­ton John of this gen­er­a­tion.”

11. Af­ter a brief tour of his home that in­cludes in­tro­duc­tions to his pro­duc­ers and per­sonal chef, meet­ing his wife, singer Jessica An­drea, and dogs Fry and Panda, Logic pauses by a pi­ano near his front door. Asked to play a song, he sits down at the pi­ano and ad­justs his fin­gers, care­fully match­ing them to the right keys. Although un­steady, it takes only five chords to rec­og­nize the tune, an ’80s rock bal­lad and a fit­ting send-off from the man who be­lieves you too can achieve your dreams — Jour­ney’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.”

(Matt Sayles/AP/SIPA)

Logic at the MTV Video Mu­sic Awards, 27 Au­gust.


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