Logic opened his new mixtape with a sigh of relief. The title track, Welcome to Forever, put him atop a mountain looking outward at all of his accomplishments. I’ve been on the Logic train since he dropped Young, Broke and Famous back in 2010, and seeing his career progress has been thrilling.

 

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Logic in the past three years, it’s that the up-and-coming rapper is a pure lyricist on a mission. He has delivered multiple mixtapes that have met acclaim. He has shown off his extensive vocabulary, mind clutching punch lines, slick references, and great use of samples. Nas is a common vocal sample for Young Sinatra.

Logic is, as he describes, “only cocky when I rhyme.” It’s true if you’ve ever seen his interviews. He’s humble, transparent, and doesn’t front or act like anybody else. It’s evident that he has studied hip-hop – old and new – learned how to rhyme, what to rhyme over, and has put together quite the resume leading up to his recent signing with Def Jam.

That brings us to the new mixtape. The twenty-track tape feels like a celebration for how far the Maryland rapper has come in the past few years. It features a solid mix of ‘mainstream’ or ‘new-age-rap’ and old school cuts. The balance is nice, and the skits break the tape up well.

If I could, allow me to burn on this: Hip-hop fans need to be easy on the ‘he’s going mainstream’ claims. Rappers need to stretch out. Putting out the same-sounding music on every record is going to become played out. Not every rapper is trying to become the next Drake when they slow down a beat, and semi-sing their lyrics. It’s a style of rap, and artists will use it. I say this because I’ve heard people call Logic out for it, and even J. Cole. Whether deserving or not, that criticism is getting old. People tend to overlook all the qualities that make those artists much different than Drake. They’re experimenting, not trying to fit Drake’s mold. I digress.

This isn’t Logic’s most focused mixtape, nor his best. But after all that he’s accomplished, a 20-track, feel-good record is acceptable, and there’s plenty of music to enjoy on it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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