Logic leaves hip-hop with No Pressure
Logic is back for the last time with apparently his last album No Pressure which was released on Friday 24th, 2020 and then he is retiring from hip-hop. I'm going, to be honest, here, I've been a longtime fan of Logic but his latest albums for the past years got me bored of hearing him rapping so when he announced that he was retiring this past month, the reactions from fans were like, ok. Logic's reason for retiring, it's because he's over the music, and let's not forget about Logic's personal life he kept quiet for more than a year, he got married for a second time and he is now a father so I guess his focus is elsewhere now. With 6 studio albums including No Pressure and 6 mixtapes, he is back with his mentor and producer NO I.D. who mainly produced Logic's first album Under Pressure. No Pressure has been released under the labels Visionary Music Group and Def Jam Recordings, and the album features Silas.
On the first track called "No Pressure", let's welcome back the robotic female voice Thalia that we've been used to hear since Logic's first album Under Pressure. Logic already got my attention, his rapping ability, and putting his rhymes and words together which are the reasons why I became a fan of Logic in the first place. Another reason why I'm also a fan of Logic is his love for video games just like me and in the song, Logic featured David Ayter who is the voice actor of Solid Snake from one favorite video game franchise, Metal Gear Solid. Then we have the song "Hit My Line" where Logic raps about his blessings and his relationship with God. "GP4" starts with a familiar sample which is the classic beat "Elevators (Me & You)" from Outkast. Logic pays homage to the legendary southern group by rapping non-stop for at least 3 minutes which a lot of rappers do rarely nowadays. Logic covered a couple of subjects like the police being trigger happy when they see minorities, exposing the hip-hop industry, he also did some good metaphors by mentioning "Like track four, Kick in the Door by Notorious B.I.G.". He also talked about Erykah Badu giving him the right to sample one of her tracks and how she and J. Dilla were inspirational to his music career. The following song "Celebration" is featuring Silas and both artists were rapping like they just won the NBA championship on a happy sonically beat. Next up we have a track divided into 2 songs called "Open Mic\\Aquarius III". "Open Mic" is where Logic raps his heart out into three verses, then the instrumental changes into a slower tempo for "Aquaris III" for one final verse.
"Soul Food II" is a continuity of "Soul Food" from Logic's first album. Logic raps about his idols and the haters saying that his older projects were better (I would include myself in that category). The instrumental of the 1st verse is identical to the first "Soul Food" than the instrumental changes vibe for the 2nd verse. Then Logic goes in savage mode on the song "Perfect", his flow was impeccable, and the instrumental was bouncy and on point. The song "Man i is" is where Logic raps about the man he became through all the adversity in his life and the success he accomplished. The beat is smooth with a great vibe, alongside a sample from the late Pimp C "Knocking Doors Down" as Logic interpolates one of J. Cole's biggest and most real bar ever "If They Don't Know Your Dreams, Then They Can't Shoot Them Down". The song "DadBod" is where Logic raps about his life turning around about being a father and leaving the rap game with platinum records he did. He explains the ups and downs about the success and fame he gained in his music career, and that he's done with all that to spend time with his son and his wife. "5 Hooks" is where Logic raps about his hip-hop journey and that it's time for his journey to come to an end.
The song "Dark Place" is one of the most real and down to earth songs so far from the album. Logic raps about the pressure, insecurity, and anxiety he had to face throughout his life. Logic goes all the way to rap about turning negativity to positivity and that it's ok to feel sad sometimes, you just need to remember to come back on the road to happiness. On the following song "A2Z", Logic goes hard with his rap skills as he raps all letters of the alphabet into one full verse. Then it's followed by a demo rap from Logic back in 2005. "Heard Em Say" is as real and down to earth than the song "Dark Place", as Logic gets down on his pen and raps about, getting over your problems and conquering them because everyone has some in the world and everyone can relate to this song. Then we have the song "Amen" where Logic is grateful to God for a good hip-hop career that made him learn the ups and downs of his life that made him the man that he is today. The album finishes with a sample of Orson Welles episode related to a black veteran who was beaten by a white officer. The sample of that episode is called "Obediently Yours" and it's relevant to what's going today regarding the Black Lives Matter movement.
When Logic announced his retirement from hip-hop, I was like well ok but after listening to No Pressure, I'm disappointed to see Logic go. He's leaving hip-hop with a good album to be remembered for a long time. There's a lot of things that differ Logic's album to other hip-hop albums today, the album is 1 hour long and has 15 songs which are at least 3:30 long minimum with actually no fillers which is rare nowadays in hip-hop and there's also no featuring except for Silas who's an artist under Logic's VMG group. In No Pressure, Logic rapped his heart out with full verses in almost every song in the album with the fewer hooks possible, apparently, there are only 5 hooks in the entire album so Logic kept 100% hip-hop. One of the reasons why I relate so much to Logic, it's his opening to having anxiety and dealing with depression, and he's a proud gamer and anime lover and he shows it in his rap beats. Farewell and good life Logic.
Beat Instrumental: 4/5
Album Production: 4/5