By NICOLE LOSEK, A&E Editor
If you did not know who Logic was before, you definitely did after his powerful performance at this year’s VMAs.
Logic, born Robert Bryson Hall II, has won fans over not only with his music, but with his real and positive personality.
Starting off his career in 2009 by the name Psychological, he released his first mixtape titled Logic: The Mixtape. After releasing this mixtape, he shortened Psychological to Logic.
In 2010, Logic dropped his first mixtape, Young, Broke & Infamous, which was heard by the President of the independent label Visionary Music Group who signed Logic.
A year later, Young Sinatra, Logic’s second mixtape dropped and was the first of Logic’s Young Sinatra trilogy. His third mixtape, Young Sinatra: Undeniable, dropped in 2012 and was his most personal one. Logic raps about his childhood with his father being a drug addict, mother being an alcoholic, getting expelled from high school and other struggles he’s had.
In 2013, Logic was part of XXL’s Top 10 Freshmen List and dropped the last of the Young Sinatra trilogy, Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever.
Later that year Logic signed with Def Jam Recordings and toured with Kid Cudi with Big Sean and Tyler, the Creator, who also signed with Def Jam. In 2014, he released his debut studio album, Under Pressure, that debuted at no. 2 on the Billboard top hip-hop/R&B chart.
In 2015 he Logic released his sophomore album, The Incredible True Story, which debuted at no. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart. Following up in the summer of 2016, Logic blessed fans with his fourth mixtape, Bobby Tarantino.
Jumping to his most recent project, Everybody, is Logic’s third studio album and his most successful one. It debuted at no. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and the lead single that he performed at this year’s VMAs “1-800-273-8255” was certified triple platinum by the RIAA. The inspirational song is now nominated for Song of the Year and Best Music Video at the Grammy’s this year.
The concept of Everybody was that he wrote the album for the equality of everybody. He addresses so many topics in society on this album, but also goes off on tracks as he’s done on previous projects.
Over the summer Logic announced that he was starting his own record label, Elysium, and has already signed some artists to it, including his wife, Jessica Andrea. He explained in a video why he started his own label and what it means to him.
“Elysium was created mainly because I don’t trust anybody else with the precious cargo that is my family. I wanted to create a place where they can feel free and literally do whatever they want because this is so much more than just music.” he says of his signed artists.
“This is just another avenue. I wanted to create a label. A staple. I just knew in my heart that I wanted so much more than just to rap.”
Aside from being a rapper, Logic proves to be an inspiring role model for fans. His motto for life that he voices on social media and at his concerts is “Peace, Love and Positivity.” He has nothing but positive vibes to share with fans and the world.
Logic is one of my favorite artists not only because of his music, but how he carries himself. He’s said in interviews that he thinks fans like him because he is not the stereotypical image of a rapper and prides himself in being who he is and if people don’t accept that then that’s their problem.
Logic’s style is definitely one of my favorite parts about him. In any interview, appearance, red carpet, anything you will see him wearing jeans, sneakers and a graphic hoodie or t-shirt and a hat.
In an interview with Tavis Smiley, he’s asked how he has such a positive mindset and outlook on life coming from the background he came from. His parents weren’t there and he saw his brothers and selling drugs on the street and the dynamic of his household growing up was not a healthy one.
His answer was simple. Logic explained how he took what he went through and saw growing up and didn’t want that life for himself. He wanted to be better. When Logic is talking about this, among other personal questions, you can see and hear the genuineness in him.
Logic married his girlfriend of two years Jessica Andrea in 2015 and talks about their relationship in that same interview. When he talks about his wife his face lights up and you can see how happy he is.
I was a fan before I watched this interview, but after watching it reconfirmed the respect for him and what he stands for. For someone so young, this 27-year-old rapper seems so intelligent and wise and if you get a chance, I would definitely recommend watching the interview.
If you’re a fan of hip-hop/rap, you should check out Logic’s music, start with the mixtapes and work your way up to Everybody. If not, and you’re someone who just likes positivity or videogames or rubik’s cubes and more, check out his social media for cool pictures and inspirational tweets and you’ll fall in love with him as I did.