“But one thing I can be sure, as long as I got the floor. I’ma use this power to paint a picture of unity,” spits Maryland-born rapper Logic in his most recent album, YSIV: the fourth and final album in his Young Sinatra Series. Ever since his hit single “1-800-273-8255” was certified five times platinum, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, known by his stage name, Logic, has continued to preach a message of equality through his songs. The tracks in this album are very different than a lot of other songs out now. Logic reflects upon hip-hop’s roots and incorporates the kick and snare drum from the 90’s—to support his rapping. One of the tracks that stood out to me was “One Day.” In this song, he motivates listeners to keep reaching for their dreams by sharing the obstacles that he had to overcome. Another track that stood out was “Last Call,” influenced by rappers Kanye West and J. Cole. In this track, Logic narrates his journey as an artist, with the people that helped him and his inspirations. I thought that this was a very effective way to end the album because it represented the journey he endured to become an artist. I also enjoyed his album because it features a range of other artists, including the East Coast hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan, singer Hailee Steinfeld and rapper Jaden Smith. Even when there is a difference in styles, Logic continues to rely on the enticing boom-bap beats that were used in every track. One thing that stood out to me was the length of each song, ranging from four to ten minutes. Although this may discourage people from listening, Logic turns his songs into stories, so when I listen to them, they do not seem long at all. Listening to the whole album felt like an adventure. When I finished, I was bummed that there were no more beats to nod to and no more stories to listen to. Overall, I love how even though his success has taken him to higher levels, Logic never forgot how he got there and what inspired him to be the artist that he is today.
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