Logic “Under Pressure”

Gotta admit: this wasn’t quite what I was expecting for the inevitable video to the title track/self-produced single from Logic. He and his VMG crew create a real-life Goldeneye. The entire 6 minute clip is shot in 1st person as we follow the characters through an escalating Call of Duty mission that features some entertaining twists and turns. This one appeals to the fellas since it’s every guy’s dream to be a part of a heist (amirite? A pretend heist, of course.) Without giving away too much more, except for the fact that I think that’s 6ix as the pizza guy (hah!), simply press play and enjoy the adventure. Creative concept that’s overall well-executed and perhaps makes “Under Pressure” more of a pump up song to you today than it used to be. For me, it was already that because I love the beat.

Logic’s debut album drops this month, 10.21.

Logic debut album ‘Under Pressure’

UPDATE: Logic announces this afternoon that Under Pressure will see release on October 21st. Expect to see the title track single… later tonight…

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09.10.14: The time has come for Logic‘s debut album to impact. Today, the VMG/Def Jam signee released the title and cover art above with the caveat that Under Pressure is “dropping this Fall”. The painting style artwork shows love to his crew with 6ix chillin under a Big Gulp, which, sidebar will forever be associated with this…

That said, you can say the pressure is on Logic to deliver on this debut album, but one thing’s for sure, the Ratt Pack and Bobby Soxers will surely be out to support as they have with his previous projects. Though Logic’s recent work has been solid, I still dig the 2011 Young Sinatra mixtape the most. Here’s hoping that Under Pressure reaches that level for me. Hear the lone preview so far below.

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QuESt “Hunger” (prod. 6ix)

QuESt‘s early week offerings of Searching Sylvan continue this week with one of his best: “Hunger”, where he once again links up with 6ix on the production. The latter is superb, with the cinematic feel letting QuESt deliver his story from second one. We get fast flows from QuESt too and it’s hard not to be engaged from the first bar and all the way through to the end. I’m not crazy on the pseudo hook that appears twice, but it’s necessary and I knew the verses are what were going to be the main highlight. Searching Sylvan drops September 2nd.

*Tibs Fav.

OH, I forgot to mention. Love the vintage nod to HHH in the cover art.

QuESt “Struggle Rapper” f/ Melat

QuESt continues his weekly releases en route to Searching Sylvan and “Struggle Rapper” also continues with the personal, storytelling theme of the project thus far. After winning a contest hosted by Jermaine Dupri, QuESt dives into his mindset at the lowest point of his career. It’s a never-ending stream of consciousness across a brooding beat by Wish Lade & 6ix. No hooks. Just the story. And I co-sign tracks like this if they’re well-executed like “Struggle Rapper” is. It’s hard not to feel engaged by the story and then rise to inspiration given QuESt’s momentum to break through as a rapper. I tried not to get caught up in the flow because I don’t think it was QuESt’s intention to fluidly ride with the beat the entire time. It’s all about the lyrics so lend a close ear below.

*Tibs Fav.

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QuESt “Lost Niggas”

Just 10 days after releasing “Automatic,” QuESt comes back with a brand new single off his upcoming project, ‘Searching Sylvan.’ Produced by VMG mate 6ix, “Lost Niggas” is another part of Q’s story and features QuESt portraying a character that existed in real life. Although guns and gats are all over this record, in no way or form does QuESt condone violence of any kind, nor does he encourage violent behavior. So don’t get it twisted, but do enjoy an awesome story told in a way only a great MC could tell.

Searching Sylvan‘ drops September 2nd.

QuESt “Automatic”

“Automatic” is the second preview of the upcoming free album, Searching Sylvan, and off the bat, I’m already vibing with this one more than the solid first output “May 10th 2012”. The song is broken into two parts — the first finds QuESt rhyming from second 1 over an eerie string melody for about two-thirds of the way through. He does an excellent job sharing his mindset about his personal situation with his family and musically and croons a simple and catchy hook about having patience and that nothing is “Automatic”.  I think many of us, including yours truly, can parallel to this theme.

The second part of the song, the last third, is a continuation of “Automatic” with a completely different, equally as cool of a production. Megatron ICE & 6ix really snapped from beginning to end on this, even chopping up the outro. Before that though, QuESt puts down a different fast flow and continues to engage with the rhymes. A *Tibs Fav. from beginning to end with more to come before the album drops in full on September 2nd.

 

QuESt “May 10th, 2012” (prod. 6ix)

As hinted at during yesterday’s release of the Searching Sylvan trailer, here goes the 1st preview of QuESt‘s upcoming project as he keeps the production in-house with VMG’s 6ix providing the jazzy tune. I was surprised to hear that sound for QuESt after being so familiar with his previous work and beats. It’s cool to see him take that next step; I just think he rode the rhythm even smoother when the beat mellowed out after the first break in the music with his girlfriend.

So that’s my first impression of the single sonically as lyrically, QuESt begins to tell his journey that hit a low point on “May 10th, 2012”. He and his dad were evicted as QuESt raps the whole story, and what it did to his mindset as he was still comin’ up as an emcee. At the very least, I feel like the casual hip hop head will appreciate this approach and I think it was a successful one. I feel this song will get more plays as we see it fit into the context of Searching Sylvan; I’m really intrigued how the story will pick up where it leaves off at the end of the track. Listen all the way through for yourselves below: