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The greatest Logic song ever

Logic's first studio release: "Under Pressure"

Logic's first studio release: "Under Pressure"

I've written about one of my favorite current hip-hop artists, Logic, on this blog a few times before, and here's yet another post about him.

I can’t remember the first time I heard about him honestly. I do; however, remember seeing his album at Target and thinking “I saw a review about this CD on YouTube...I’ll get it and see what I think.” So that’s what I did. I bought it without knowing anything about Logic or his music or his sound. And I fell in love. I still, to this day, LOVE this album. Every single track on it.

I loved it so much that I was on a mission to find the alternate cover version (pictured to the right). The CD I bought from Target had a different cover, and I loved the music, but I love the artwork on the other cover more so I called a few Best Buy’s by me and found which one had the cover, and bought it. So now I had two copies of the album. I also got the vinyl record for Christmas that year. I had it framed in my room for a while, too. Something about that artwork just speaks to me. I love it so much.

But yeah. That’s not exactly what this post was meant to be about. I meant to write about my favorite song off that album. The song, and the album, is called “Under Pressure.” It’s a super long track...coming in at over 9 minutes which I’d argue is super rare for music today. 

The first day I heard that 9 minute song, it was all the I listened to for the entire 9 hours I worked that day. I’m not exaggerating either. It’s THAT good. 

The song is SO powerful to me because it shows so many different perspectives and mindsets. Logic spits a super detailed narrative about the stresses he’s under and how he copes with family and how they treat him now that he’s “a celebrity.” That’s one key element to Logic’s music that I really love. His storytelling is immaculate and his narrative’s are so articulate and vivid. He creates these personifications of his family and friends and you can really feel that you know those people personally. It’s crazy what music can do.

Some excerpts of lyrics below.

Little brother, this is your sister, you're busy, I get you
But I insist you call me back cause I miss you
I wish you well, well, I wish you would call
Cause lately it feel like I’m just not your sister at all, all

I’m sorry for calling and bawling, I’m all in
And I feel like I'm falling lately, it feel like my children hate me

You tell me I'm beautiful and yet no man wanna date me
Haunted by vivid memories of that man who raped me

And lately I, I feel more and more like mommy, I know I’m me, but still
You always seemed to pick up the phone and somehow I feel
Better, but you been answering me lesser and lesser
So I resorted to the pills in my dresser, I'm gone

And as for... he left and he ain’t coming back
I hate him and if I see him I swear I tell him that
No longer cooking crack in my kitchen, cutting an' selling that
He broke my heart, that relationship been to hell and back

I been working hard, I been searching for God
I can feel the Devil around me as they all applaud

Promise you won't forget me, that you'll always be with me
And even when you gone I can call whenever he hit me

Under pressure, I've been feeling under pressure

This album always makes me think of a quote I once saw on Twitter. It said, "when enough pressure comes in contact with the right body, the result is a diamond." 

I so believe that to be true. It's a great quote that I think about often when I feel stressed.

 If you haven’t heard this song, I strongly advise you to listen. The official video is below. And you have to admit...the video, in itself, is a piece of art. His point-of-view perspective and theatrical production qualities are pretty impressive. Warning: some lyrics are explicit.

If you DO know the song, or watch the video, please share your thoughts below. 

kk