12 Songs, 56 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Having stoked expectations via a string of underground mixtapes, rapper Logic is Under Pressure to deliver on his debut album—and that's exactly what he does. Relating his tale of a hardscrabble upbringing in Baltimore over soulful yet bleak beats (mostly by longtime producer 6ix), he spits rapid-fire rhymes from the POV of his drug-slinging brother on "Gang Related" and paints a picture of Section 8 housing on "Growing Pains": "automatics and gang signs/5-0 with their K9s." Eschewing celebrity guests or name producers, Logic relies on his considerable skills to carry the day. "Just my rhymes, my story/It's all mine, from the basement to the stadium."

EDITORS’ NOTES

Having stoked expectations via a string of underground mixtapes, rapper Logic is Under Pressure to deliver on his debut album—and that's exactly what he does. Relating his tale of a hardscrabble upbringing in Baltimore over soulful yet bleak beats (mostly by longtime producer 6ix), he spits rapid-fire rhymes from the POV of his drug-slinging brother on "Gang Related" and paints a picture of Section 8 housing on "Growing Pains": "automatics and gang signs/5-0 with their K9s." Eschewing celebrity guests or name producers, Logic relies on his considerable skills to carry the day. "Just my rhymes, my story/It's all mine, from the basement to the stadium."

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