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Logic’s Everybody | Review

After the album’s trailer dropped a month ago, the anticipation settled in for Logic’s forthcoming project called Everybody. If you are unfamiliar with the rapper’s previous albums and mixtapes, then it will come as a shock on how much Logic delves into the issue on being a biracial person of black and white descent. In today’s political climate, many rappers have touched the race issue in relation to oppression in society and police brutality. Although some are successful in painting a picture of this very issue, it may be only a brushstroke compared to Logic’s introspective commentary on the topic. Logic seeks to shed light on struggling between being black and white, his own battles growing up in a fractured household, and uplifting people that don’t have a voice to change society. Logic also provides commentary on issues that people deal with on a day-to-day basis such as anxiety, depression, suicide, and materialism.

Conceptually, skits were placed throughout the album in three separate occasions where we encounter two characters: Atom and God. Although it isn’t known on who Atom is, it is assumed that Atom is a play on words for the first man that God created called Adam. God, voiced by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, provides Atom with an interesting perspective on life in three different perspectives: Atom’s life, everyone’s life, and life after death. Atom’s life was put on the forefront after God revealed his wife was cheating on him. God shifts Atom’s focus from this terrible discovery into the waiting room, which is the next track where this story continues. God reveals that Atom has been reincarnated into different people after he dies. At this point, the dichotomy between science and religion can be made apparent. In chemistry, it is said that an atom cannot be created nor destroyed. Since Atom becomes different people, he knows the experiences, struggles, and life of everybody. The story ends with God telling Atom that money is not the most important thing in life. Since everyone will die someday, people should live their life to the fullest and be happy with what they have.

In relation to the album itself, Logic steers into a different direction that he did not enter in his previous body of work. Logic’s producer 6ix and other producers under the Team Visionary umbrella took a page out of Kanye’s book and created a orchestral and bombastic ambiance. Since Logic’s previous albums focused more on complementing his lyrics onto a beat, having the instrumentals carry entire songs became a breath of fresh air at certain points of the album. Logic’s perspective on the race issue and other subject matter flowed smoothly throughout the entire project. However, the album’s low points is also how Logic approached this commentary. Since Logic touched on this topic on previous albums and mixtapes, some may find the content repetitive and not up to the usual standard that fans and hip hop listeners alike are accustomed to. Logic’s idea of including everyone’s story on one album was a tough task to tackle. It is commendable on how he tried to use his own story to inspire other people that might go through similar situations. However, Logic’s lyricism was taking a backseat at times when tracks were more vocal-driven or had a skit/speech at the end of some songs. The album’s redeeming qualities were including features such as Juicy J, Ansel Elgort, Alessia Cara, Khalid, and a surprise ending with J. Cole. J. Cole was speaking on Logic’s struggle on being black and white, tells him to be himself, and not listen to other people’s criticism.

Logic has grown as an artist and hones his craft with finding his own sound in Everybody. Continuing from the last album, Kai and Thomas returned in an album-ending skit that gave the impression that Logic will not make another album after his next one. Will he make more music after his fourth studio album? Stay tuned and find out what’s next on his incredible true story.

Kanye West – The Life of Pablo [iTunes]

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Tracklist:
01. Ultralight Beam (feat. Chance the Rapper and Kirk Franklin)
02. Father Stretch My Hands, Pt. 1 (feat. Kid Cudi)
03. Father Stretch My Hands, Pt. 2 (feat. Desiigner)
04. Famous (feat. Rihanna)
05. Feedback
06. Low Lights
07. High Lights (feat. Young Thug)
08. Freestyle 4 (feat. Desiigner)
09. I Love Kanye
10. Waves (feat. Chris Brown)
11. FML (feat. The Weeknd)
12. Real Friends (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)
13. Wolves (feat. Frank Ocean and Caroline Shaw)
14. Silver Surfer Intermission
15. 30 Hours
16. No More Parties in L.A. (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
17. Facts (Charlie Heat Version)
18. Fade (feat. Post Malone and Ty Dolla $ign)

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Video of the Day – Justin Bieber – What Do You Mean?

Jidenna – Classic Man (Remix) ft. Kendrick Lamar [Video]

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Drake – Energy [Video]

Released exclusively on Apple Music. Click the here to watch the video.. will try to embed to the site soon.

Video of the Day: The Weeknd – The Hills

The Weeknd graces us with a new music video his new single The Hills. You may have heard this when he performed it at Coachella a couple of months ago. With a more grittier approach, The Weeknd was most likely inspired by Kanye West’s Yeezus album and Vine-driven viral hit CoCo by Genasis OT with its soundscape and interpolation of lyrics. This is the prime example of how trap music has infiltrated the music scene. Be sure to check out the video below and buy the new album Chapter III when it comes out this year

Kanye West Live @ PowerHouse 2015 [Full Performance]

Setlist:
00:00 Diamonds From Sierra Leone
01:08 Power
04:14 Stronger
07:25 Don’t Like
09:20 All Day
13:07 Black Skinhead
16:51 Blood On The Leaves
18:56 Blessed
20:09 Jesus Walks
23:24 Touch The Sky
25:33 All Of The Lights
28:46 Good Life
31:45 Gold Digger
34:02 Through The Wire
36:43 Tea Break
38:25 All Falls Down
40:07 Runaway
45:58 Only One
50:36 Flashing Lights
53:41 Heartless
57:39 “I Want It All” (Freestyle)
1:00:20 Can’t Tell Me Nothing

Kanye West – I Want It All [Freestyle]

Video of the Day – Taylor Swift – Bad Blood (Remix) feat. Kendrick Lamar

Last night, Taylor Swift stole the show with her record-breaking 8 awards at the Billboard Music Awards in the MGM Grand (which notably also held the Mayweather vs Pacquaio fight a few weeks ago). With the help of her friends that were featured in this music video, she premiered her production debut of her smash-hit single “Bad Blood” off of last year’s critically-acclaimed 1989. Many people will have mix reviews due to the video featuring instrumentation variation of the original track. Kendrick Lamar, as many will know, is probably one of Taylor Swift’s favorite rappers at the moment. He linked up with her for this 808 and trap-influenced remix and possibly created one of the biggest collaborations of 2015. It’s not the first time that Kendrick linked up with artists outside of his genre. Last year, Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons performed a live mashup performance of M.A.A.D. City/Radioactive (Remix) at the Grammys. Check out the video below and make sure to look out for a possible re-release of 1989 with this remix on it.