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EPISODE 162: Logic – YSIV Album Review

Get Logic’s YSIV right here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ysiv/1437034675

Logic has been everywhere. He starred in the opening episode of the Netflix series “Rapture”, he embarked on the “Bobby Tarantino vs Everybody” Tour over the summer, and all the while he’s been celebrating the continued success of his hit single “1-800-273-8255”, which has since gone five times platinum. His previous album, the politically charged Everybody, also went on to go platinum. It seemed like Mr. Peace, Love, and Positivity had everything going for him. Like any artist however, Logic is no stranger to criticism. The main source of subject matter that people continue to knock him for, are is the constant mention of his ethnicity. Some of his own fans expressed distaste in the direction and nature of his successful mixtape Bobby Tarantino II. The usual, “we want the Old Logic back” comments started to surface and once they started gaining traction on social media, it wasn’t long before Bobby caught wind. In gentlemen like fashion, Logic obliged the request with new music. Three singles and a Boom-Bap style freestyle video announcing the release date of YSIV.

The album starts with a seven minute song expressing gratitude to his fans, aptly titled “Thank You”, and it even features voicemails from his fanbase known as “The Rattpack”. From there, however, the album starts to take on a very repetitive feel. The subject matter of the lyrics doesn’t change through the entire fourteen song listen, with the exception of the brilliant “Wu Tang Forever” track, which features every member of the legendary Wu-Tang Clan. The expert lyricism on display from every person on the track is a welcome break from the central theme of the album. With the singles “One Day” featuring One Republic’s Ryan Tedder, “The Return”, and “Everybody Dies” being as underwhelming as they were, the retread of topics and decent production on YSIV misses the mark it tries to hit. There are some shining moments throughout the listen, however. Vivid storytelling on “Street Dreams II”, a beautiful Neo-Soul vibe on “The Adventures of Stoney Bob”, and an interesting nod to André 3000 on the “Ordinary Day” track, featuring a wonderful guest feature from Hailee Steinfeld. Logic himself tweeted that the album isn’t a project to make a verdict on after one listen and he is absolutely correct. Unfortunately, the attention span of today’s audience moves off of that with almost everything the listen to, so if it doesn’t grasp them in the early stages of the song, movie, or show, they’ll change the channel. YSIV is purely a fan-oriented project that seeks to reclaim the glory days of its previous installments, but the truth of the matter is, for some it does, and for others, it doesn’t.

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