Posts Tagged ‘logic’

Logic Tries An Unorthodox Approach To Scoring A Jay-Z Feature

Logic is back with ”The Return,” a Nina Simone-sampling ode to the Maryland rapper’s alter ego, Young Sinatra. The new single features Logic wagging his fist at “superficial shit,” mumble rap, and his perceived haters. However, he also finds time to go down a list of his wishes, which include collaborating with a legendary rapper and getting an endorsement deal from Nike.

The most interesting penny Logic throws into the metaphorical wishing well is asking Jay-Z for a feature. “I’m callin’ out Jay-Z to jump up on the track with me and smack the whole industry / Show ‘em what that real rap do,” the Nobody rapper spits. He then follows with the proclamation, “The ball’s in your court, Hov.”

Logic also sends a shot at President Trump during the song’s third verse. “Ayo motherfuckin’ Trump said that shit on my last album but you wasn’t tapping in / Fuck a mumble, let’s make America rap again,” the “Overnight” artist raps. Besides the groan-worthy play on the President’s slogan “Make America Great Again,” the bar isn’t surprising. Logic’s 2018 MTV Video Music Award performance of “One Day” was a powerful statement against the Trump administration’s controversial and highly unpopular family separation policy.

Relive the performance below.

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Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, And Logic With Ryan Tedder Will Perform At The 2018 VMAs

Every year, the MTV Video Music Awards stage becomes a glittering showcase on which the biggest acts of the year can bring their songs to life. This year, it’s really going to reach the heavens — thanks to Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, and Logic with Ryan Tedder, who will all perform at the 2018 VMAs.

Ari’s set to bring the divinity-channeling “God Is a Woman” to the stage just a few days after her upcoming album, Sweetener, drops; it’s also her first time back performing at the VMAs since the steamy cardio session she shared with Nicki Minaj for “Side to Side” in 2016. Ari also has five VMA noms to boast about this year, including Video of the Year (for “No Tears Left to Cry”) and Artist of the Year.

Mendes, meanwhile, will return with guitar in hand to deliver “In My Blood,” the lead single from his self-titled 2018 release, after rocking the house (and nearly disappearing into the crowd) last year for “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back.” “In My Blood” nabbed one of Mendes’s three noms, including Best Pop.

After a powerful and poignant rendition of “1-800-273-8255” at the 2017 VMAs, Logic is back with a brand new single called “One Day.” He’ll get some help performing it on this year’s stage from OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, who features on the track. Logic’s nominated twice this year for “1-800,” including Best Collaboration and Video With a Message.

This new slate of performers join an already packed show, including an explosive performance by Jennifer Lopez, who’s also set to receive the storied Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Meanwhile, Cardi B and Jay-Z and Beyoncé The Carters lead the nominations with 10 and eight, respectively — but it’s always anybody’s game. You can help pick the winners right now by voting for your faves, so you’d better get to it.

The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from Radio City Music Hall on Monday, August 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Voting is now open at vma.mtv.com!

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Logic And Jessica Andrea Have Reportedly Split After Two Years Of Marriage

Sad news for one of hip-hop’s favorite couples: Logic and wife Jessica Andrea have reportedly called it quits.

The rapper, 28, and social media star-turned-singer, 25, have decided to separate after two years of marriage, according to TMZ. Though the couple has not yet filed for divorce, a reconciliation “does not seem likely,” the outlet reported.

Just a few weeks ago, the married duo looked like the epitome of happiness while attending the Grammys, where Logic was nominated for Song of the Year for “1-800-273-8255.” It’s unclear when they called it quits, though fans noticed that Andrea unfollowed Logic on Instagram not too long ago, further fueling rumors of trouble between the two. Neither of them have commented on the reported split yet, but they’re both still following each other on Twitter.

Logic — who’s fresh off the release of his Bobby Tarantino II mixtape — and Andrea tied the knot in October 2015 after two years of dating. The Everybody rapper told MTV News shortly after their engagement, “I think it’s just something I’ve always wanted. I was just waiting for the right person. … I [proposed] in a photo booth. It was pretty epic. It’s just a spot that we both went to. It was real special to her. She took me there on one of our first dates. We went back again and when the photo booth counted down – 3, 2, 1 — I pulled out the ring and got it on film.”

Until we find out for sure what happened between these two, revisit the couple’s recent interview with MTV News correspondent Gaby Wilson on the Grammys red carpet.

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Logic Calls Out Trump’s ‘Shithole Countries’ Line In Impassioned Grammy Performance

Following his powerful performance of “1-800-273-8255” at the VMAs last year, Logic delivered yet another show-stopping moment at the Grammys on Sunday night (January 28).

With Alessia Cara and Khalid by his side, the rapper performed his suicide prevention anthem with stunning poignancy and emotion. Once again, he was surrounded by suicide attempt survivors and loss survivors, and the screens behind him lit up with the song’s title, named after the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. At the end of the song, Logic launched into a fiery speech that urged the crowd to “stand and fight for those who are not weak, but have yet to discover the strength that the evil of this world has done its best to conceal.”

He continued, “On behalf of those who fight for equality in a world that is not equal, not just, and not ready for the change we are here to bring, I say unto you, bring us your tired, your poor, and any immigrant who seeks refuge. For together, we can build not just a better country, but a world that is destined to be united.”

Following his performance, Logic shared a photo of the print-out of his speech on Twitter. Notably, he wrote “NOT SHITHOLES” in big, bold letters to describe “beautiful countries filled with culture, diversity, and thousands of years of history.” His word choice was bleeped on the CBS telecast, but it’s vital that he got the message across: one that clearly calls out President Trump’s recent comments about immigrants.

“1-800-273-8255” lost both categories it was nominated for this year — Song of the Year and Best Music Video — but it’s performances like these that prove its remarkable impact.

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Logic: Master of His Craft

On the brink of commercial success, American-born rap sensation Logic now faces unprecedented challenges. With his complex rhyme schemes and creativity having caught the eye of Def Jam, the rapper – born Sir Robert Bryson Hall II – had (ostensibly) made it over the hump of a non-enviable family situation, blog denial, and other problems. Alas, the ever-resourceful Maryland native worked to complete his debut album – but not without another set of complications. With the stakes higher than ever, HYPETRAK sat down with Logic to discuss his journey thus far, which tells the tale of a young man beating his demons to come out on top. Enjoy key excerpts from the insightful piece below, then head over to HYPETRAK to view the full piece.

Your debut album is due later this year. Are you satisfied with its progress so far?

Oh yeah, definitely. I mean, it’s been done for six months and I haven’t changed anything. In the time since it was finished, I was tempted to go back in because I would find new inspiration. However, I saved that feeling to currently work on the second album. You can’t fix something that ain’t broke, as they say, so I’ve just been sitting on the first LP.

How has the creation process differed from your previous projects?

Well, with mixtapes, that was an era in my life where I was on the come-up. I wrote as if the listener was my best friend and I was venting about everything I was going through daily, both good and bad, as a rapper. However, the album is far from that. The album is not about the coming of Logic, it is about the Growing up of “Bobby” narrated by Logic. It is the story of my adolescence and the things I went through that transformed me into the young man I am today. Of course, there’s a bit about my experiences in the industry, but 80% of this tale is just about who I am, where I come from and the things I’ve endured.

Creatively speaking, for you, what is the main difference between working on an album and a song? Do you approach certain songs with an idea that fits with the album, or make the songs first and see if they fit later?

Very good question! I think you definitely just make songs — you don’t want to confine your creativity. It’s like, I may be really inspired by a Drake melody and want to do something in that lane, but then I’ll hear some 36 Chambers and want to do some raw RZA shit instead. I won’t tell myself to only do one of them. Why not go the Kanye route? Make the hook a ballad melodically, then switch the key, BPM and tone on the verses, and go raw spitting on the verses. However, with an album, I do think generally you have a bit of an idea going in what you want, but you let each song tell the story as a whole.


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