Rapping extraordinaire Logic visited Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul Aug.16 on his Everybody’s Tour. Luckily for myself and two friends of mine, we were in attendance to see Logic preach what the guy is all about: peace love and positivity.
On his YouTube channel back on April 10 of this past year, Logic released to his fans a video explaining the concept behind his third album, “Everybody,” which is the main promotion for his tour.
As explained on Genius.com, “Everybody” is “an audio-cinematic experience where astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson plays God and radio personality BigVon plays the character Atom, which the entire album is based around.
Atom is on his way home from work and dies from being hit by a car and ends up talking to God about being reincarnated. However, he is not only reincarnated, but also every person that has ever existed”.
Logic explains in the YouTube video in a nutshell, throughout the album, he raps from as many points of view and walks of life as he could fit.
For long term fans of Logic, the 27-year-old’s latest installment to his lifetime’s work takes a more political turn.
Logic steers towards current political issues going on, touching on themes of racism and inequality amongst minority groups across America, for instance in the single Everybody.
Logic also sparks awareness for those who are struggling with mental health issues such as anxiety in his song “Anziety.”
Suicide too is a topic Logic speaks about, specifically in his song titled “1-800-273-8255,” which is borrowed from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
The album is great to listen to if you’re a fan of storytelling, it’s not like other rap albums conceptually and truly is a one of a kind.
For this tour, Logic had long time friend Big Lenbo and Joey Bada$$ join him. The two rappers opened the concert for the first couple hours with singles of their own.
The anticipation was high for Logic, and when it was time for his part of the show to start, a bright array of large and unequal blocky LED screens shine a heavenly light across stage. The audience went wild, and out came Logic.
He begins the concert with the first track off his album “Hallelujah,” setting the stage with the soulful mood the song gives.
In a quote from Logic on Genius, he says, “the overall vibe of the song is really like, ‘Hey, here’s my take. Get ready for what I’m about to say world because I’m about to say some real shit’.” Which he does as the night goes along.
Before Logic went any further, he wanted get the notion out for everyone to have a good time at the concert.
With the intention to make the arena the happiest place it can be, Logic calls for equality and no judging the whole night. He reminds everyone that his name is Logic, and he represents peace, love and positivity.
Ensuing his message to the crowd Logic played the hit single I mentioned before, “Everybody,” and in the background on the blocky LED screens was the video Logic released for the song.
In case you have not checked out the video, it shows Logic waking up from an accident with blood on the side of his face, walking around and seeing violence everywhere.
Logic filled the night of his concert with a set list that appeals to a great deal of his fans.
Of the 20 songs he played, seven were from the album Everybody, three from The Incredible True Story, two from Bobby Tarantino, two from Under Pressure and the rest were from others.
One iconic moment of the night was seeing Logic slip a white glove on his hand, imitating pop king MJ and fast rapping over Billie Jean.
Probably the coolest part of the night was when Logic put Mario Kart on the stage. Logic grabbed bodyguard Pepe, who had been telling him he could beat Logic, and the two squared off in a three-lap race.
Logic tripped up in the second lap, but the undefeated rapper kept his title as champ.
He’s been a long time gaming fan ever since beginning to play around 9 years-old, so to see his inner nerd come out on stage shows the realness of his personality.
Towards the end of the concert Logic played “1-800-273-8255,” and expressed his personal challenges of dealing with mental health problems.
He said there wasn’t a lot going on in the main stream as far as addressing mental illness and reaching out to those in need of help.
The National Suicide Prevention Line is listed as the title of the song for anyone who needs to call them.
Topping off the concert, Logic gave an encore with his hit “Gang Related” and had a fan come on stage to have a rap battle.
Logic picked a kid from the crowd named Will Nelson.
Of course, Logic drew attention to the fact Will’s name coincides with country singer Willy Nelson’s name.
Will handled the lyrics well, earning him a signed Flex snapback worn by Logic during the rap battle.
Logic’s performance at Roy Wilkin’s was a night full of peace, love and positivity.
There’s a video on YouTube of the first time Psychological, the name he went by first starting off, performed on a stage for a crowd back in 2009.
He was opening for Pitbull, EPMD, Method Man, Redman, and Ludacris.
The Young Sinatra was only 19.
This was sort of his first big moment to getting recognized, and he’s exploded out of this world with where his intellectual rhythmic lyricism has taken him.
On top of the unofficial mixtape “Psychological” (Logic); The Mixtape, Logic has produced three studio albums, five mixtapes and other singles and features over the course of his 10 year career.
The quantity and quality of music Logic has produces speaks for itself.
With one more album coming before he exits the rap game, the growing anticipation fans have for it to come out is a bittersweet feeling.
Who knows what’s in store moving forward for Logic? As he said in an interview with Genius about his next being his last album: “Yeah, I gave everybody my whole life and this was the album I was supposed to make.”
He’s created an insane amount of projects in the span of time he’s worked, and the last one is sure to be special.