The title track new single for Logic‘s debut album is here. “Under Pressure” is a self-produced joint from the Def Jam signee and first off, Logic did right on the beat. The recurring, chopped up sample balances soulful and cutting-edge and will surely leave a resonating catchiness to any hip hop head. As for the rhymes, Logic’s distinct clarity is on full display as he seemingly doesn’t take a break between verse and hook onto the next verse. As the beat (nicely) switches, it doesn’t matter. The flow is fluid as lyrically, Logic touches on his come-up over the years and his work ethic, for a chorus that any fellow hard worker will resonate with. I wasn’t sure what to expect for Logic’s single and if he was going to go for a home run pop friendly record. Thankfully he didn’t, and it’s another good hip hop track to his catalogue. I’m noddin’ my head to this one…
Under Pressure — the album drops October 21st. Here’s the artwork, ICYMI.
UPDATE: Logic announces this afternoon that Under Pressure will see release on October 21st. Expect to see the title track single… later tonight…
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.
ICYMI: Logic f/ Childish Gambino “Driving Ms. Daisy”
Here’s a dope contribution to the L.A. Leakers upcoming compilation project, Leaks of the Industry ’14, and it’s the Dot Da Genius produced Logic x HS87 collab “Everything I Am”. The beat itself sets the tone with Jay Z sampled for the hook. All parties involved do their thing on the verses too that this becomes a nice add for any rap fan before the project drops in full with even more collabs.
ICYMI: Logic ‘Under Pressure’ [Album Art]
The driving metaphors and imagery are at a high in this cool new collab with Logic and Childish Gambino. “Driving Ms. Daisy”, a self-produced cut from Logic, marks the start of the promo for his upcoming debut album, exec produced by No I.D. expected this fall. No confirmation if “Driving Ms. Daisy” will make it, but given the strength of the personal rhymes and Gambino’s superb guest appearance, I have a feeling it will. Logic talks about the stress he’s been under as Gambino focuses on past relationships and how they’ve changed as he’s reached fame. Listen below:
“I was actually on my headlining tour when I produced and wrote this record in one sitting,” he tells Billboard. “I was deathly sick and dealing with a lot of problems, not personal so much as business and getting the album ready. I decided to put it on a song, and the fact [that] I produced it made it feel more honest to me. I gave the listener every aspect of my mind on this matter.”
“It’s a play on the movie, where I feel like I’m Morgan Freeman driving and Ms. Daisy is my accomplishments,” he says. “I’m driving on the road of success and I’m so focused on the destination that sometimes I forget to enjoy the view along the way and the “company” in the backseat.
“I actually sent the record to Gambino for fun, more like, ‘hey, check out this song I’m working on.’ He really liked it. He liked it so much I said, ‘hell, you wanna hop on it?'” he shares. “We had talked about doing a record in the past but it didn’t pan out. Him and Fam — who he works with closely — really liked it and made it happen. He doesn’t do a lot of features so it was dope to not only do a song with the homie, but someone I’m a fan of!”
Statik Selektah’s got one on his hands here. “Alarm Clock” smartly has nothing to do with the actual noises an alarm clock makes for the production. Instead, he puts down a very chill production with a pleasing female soul sample on a quick hook that separates stellar verses from Ab-Soul, Jon Connor, and Logic in that order. I was impressed with Soul’s as I didn’t get into his album like many. Jon Connor’s stood out to the instant alliteration he put down (I always love to hear alliteration.) And Logic concluded not only the song, but his verse with some words of advice to follow your dreams. Can’t knock that at all! This is off Statik Selektah’s upcoming album, #WhatGoesAround, out August 19th.
The third Logic freestyle in a row on the radio as this Toca Tuesdays one may be his most impressive one yet. I particularly liked the middle stretch of this one. All of this is in prelude to what’s sure to be a big summer for the Def Jam signee.
On the heels of yesterday’s fast freestyle, Logic delivers again as he takes his first turn at Sway‘s “5 Fingers of Death” freestyle on Shade45. He kicks it off with some personal rhymes about his sister and boyfriend, which was refreshing to hear. The negative energy was heavy, but as Sway says at the end, he flipped it. Logic truly went off the top after the first set of rhymes in the second beat, as you can tell if you keep a close ear. All in all, it was a good run at the 5 Fingers, supplemented by some classic Premo beats so watch above and be on the lookout for more from the kid Logic this summer.