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My Story by Logic

Ever since I was a little kid, I would always rap. I just loved it. But when I really got into it seriously was when I saw Kill Bill. It was around 2005. I knew of hip-hop, but it wasn’t my life yet. Around 14, 15, I saw Kill Bill and I found out the score was done by RZA. I heard it and was like, “Oh, this shit is awesome!” I was a nerd then. I was into fucking anime and Kung-Fu and shit, so I heard it and thought it was incredible. And I didn’t know who or what RZA was. So I checked his music out and through that found Wu-Tang. And through that I found Nas, Big L, Jay-Z, A Tribe Called Quest, KRS-One, Rakim. Just so many. I started on real golden era hip-hop.

When I was, like, 18, that’s when I started to really take my own craft seriously and just noticed people were enjoying it. And when I put out my first mixtape, that’s when I realized I could make this a career. I remember being that dude on Facebook like, “Yo, check my shit out!” and like going on YouTube and telling people to check me out. Now to be on this, like some of my favorite rappers—J. Cole, Kendrick, Big K.R.I.T.—have been on previous covers, and I would always look at them and be like ‘Man, I can’t wait to get there.” And now I’m here. This right here is going to set up my career and it’s up to me to live up to this hype. Three years ago, when nobody knew who I was, I told myself, “I am going to be an XXL Freshman in 2013. I knew it. In 2010 when I dropped my first mixtape, I wanted to be there with Cole and Sean, but I knew I had to wait. And I did.

In 2011, I was on the radio at the University of Maryland and I spit this freestyle. I looked to my right and saw the XXL cover, and I just picked it up while I was freestyling and said “My future’s looking XXL, this shit is medium.” If that’s not a premonition, I don’t know what is. I know there’s people now reading this and they look at me like, “Wow, yo that’s Logic,” but I still feel like that cat that nobody knew. I’m still not really that known in the hip-hop community, but I have a humongous fan base outside. We did things backward. A lot of people start in hip-hop and then they have to branch out. But we just have this crazy fanbase. Sometimes I just wake up and I’m like, “How the hell did I get here?”

See, I didn’t have anyone growing up. My parents were drug addicts and alcoholics. I just saw all this negative stuff and everyone who was around me fell into it. So it was really hard, but I realize that it helped me become the man I am today. As much time and effort, emotion, anger, love, joy that you put into another human being, you’re not guaranteed to receive that back. And that’s OK. That’s alright. But I took all of those things and put it into my music. And I realized everything I put into my music, I get back. Every hour, day, month, year. I get it back. I don’t party. I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. None of that shit. And it’s not because I don’t like it. It’s because I’d rather make the sacrifice now. I could go to some parties now, or I could wait and party with Kanye and Jay in a couple of years. That’s how I see it.

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  • Raws

    logic is the real deal. so dedicated and deserving of everything that comes to him.

  • isaac

    Logic is nasty, my favorite artist.. Just wait for this freestyle, its gonna be straight fire.

  • swagzilla

    holy shit this is my first time listening to this dude, he’s sick as fuck.

  • BobbySoxer

    Logic is about to be that dude. So proud to have somebody like him rep the 301!

  • Beezy

    I feel bad for people who are getting hip now only because they’ll be seen as bandwagoners by some; real fans understand that it takes a long time for a diamond to form and even longer for it to be excavated. Once you realize he’s dope, just embrace the shit. RattPack, boii.

  • Jeremy

    Logic is probably the most slept on on this list. This is a really good list for the most part with Q and Joey and Ab but Logic is gonna take a lot of people by surprise.

    • Godfrey Agogo

      yepp

  • Tyler Gaumond

    I liked Logic on Facebook at 5,000 likes. Iv shown hundreds of people his music swearing up and down he was gunna blow. Im so stoked he made it. Cant wait to meet him in Seattle in june!

    • Rip

      Likewise, been following for almost 2 years now.

  • jwads22

    Logic is ill as fuck, the great thing about the list this year is that There are so many dudes that just tear the mic apart.

  • http://twitter.com/Zach_Miller2324 TAMALE⚡

    Dont Sleep on logic, he spits mean and his words are inspirational ive been with him sense the begging RattPack VMG 301

  • verse

    nice Lyrics , my inspiration for life… youll never fade to me.

  • OuttaPocket

    Yeah Logic #RattPack ! You killin’, I don’t wanna share you to the mainstream D:<

  • Jetplane

    This freestyle is going to be better than most of the album shit of the rest of his class, omg I can’t wait I’m gettin all giddy thinking about it

  • M. Mizik

    #RattPack till the day I die Boiii!!!

  • SoLo Aulston

    Logic is koo i guess, but in all honesty i feel like yall are over hyping him on these comments. He can spit but his flow gets old quick…
    Ab, Q, Dizzy & Joey> Logic

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jamal-Jackson/100001327565488 Jamal Jackson

      you mad he went in huh

      • SoLo Aulston

        Posted this comment before the vid, so how would that affect my words… and logic went in, im not knocking him, just saying he’s not as good as yall hyping IMO

        • GOATmaybe

          You got to understand Logic fans like myself, when we saw the dude on the cover I believe we all were Shocked, more out of joy than surprise. Were just really happy for the guy and we feel at the very least that he definitely deserves to be here.

          • SoLo Aulston

            Koo, i felt the same way with Ab on the cover

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jamal-Jackson/100001327565488 Jamal Jackson

          i’m not hyping him up i just know he went in and now he got signed to def jam so i guess all the hype was for a reason.

  • http://twitter.com/_coolassdude ✈ Roe ✈

    best freshmen freestyle period

  • Ryan Barber

    I have been a fan of logic for years now and I was pumped to see him make the cover, but I was annoyed that he reused a lot of his lines in that “freestyle” above.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bdice Brandon Cruz Bebe

    tooo dope.

  • SoLo Aulston

    Even the logic fans are sayng he reused some lines in here, kinda disappointed

    • Dwight

      He didn’t really re use any lines, the fact that he said “matter’s of the heart”, is probably what people are getting caught up on, but he lead into the following line with lyrics i’ve never heard and i’ve heard all his music. And the same applies to when he said “new school style”. but i wouldnt say he “re used” anything by a long shot.

  • Gunnar

    A FUCKING MAZING! Love Logic!
    #RattPack4life

  • Shabby

    Just to let you all know. ALL XXL freestyles aren’t legit, they all pre-written but however a pre-written is still a freestyle believe it or not.

  • jimmy

    never heard of logic but gotdamnit he jus ripped this freestyle to shreads

  • http://twitter.com/WyseLaKid Wyse La Kid

    THIS FAGGOT AINT EVER GUNNA PULL OUT A PISTOL AND WIPP NO ONE!! THIS PUSSY ANOTHER IMAGE OF RAPERS RAPPIN BOUT WHT THEY NEVER WILL DO AND NEVER HAVE !!!! COOKIE CUTT OUT RAPPER FOR THE INDUSTRY… pour kid

    • http://twitter.com/marrujo_alex Alex Marrujo

      you’re an idiot.

  • marvin

    lol young sinatra??? lol he reminds me too much of j.cole

  • Lawrence Gee

    Thank Goodness I was tired of those lackluster Freestyles From last week. Logic went in.

    • jwads22

      Every freesyle last week went in, it had Q, Soul, Bada$$! That is a pretty dope line up right there and just because they didn’t rap fast like logic doesn’t mean they weren’t good.

  • Jewlz

    I’ve always known about logic, his rhyme skills are insane, more complex than anyone else on that list.

  • james h

    i have such an affection for logic. he works harder than anyone in the game and it shows. i remember hearing all i do a couple years back and knowing, in one listen, that he was something else. and ever since i was a fan i knew he’d make it. now with his def jam announcement, i am so fucking hyped. nobody deserves it more.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andre.burt.9 Andre Livinglife Burt

    Logic is too cold. I thank God that because of these guys Schoolboy Q, Logic Ab-soul etc. keep hip-hop pumping. True fans of hip hop know that this is real shit not that bs they play on the radios and clubs. I mean these guys makes songs about every situation from keeping ya head up moments to imma do me moments. Lol the mainstream hiphop is pop with good beats but no soul.

  • Sean Aaron Michael

    Logic… if you like hip hop and you don’t like to at LEAST listen to a few of his masterpieces he calls his songs, you are out yo damn mind. I have looked up to this guy since his first mixtape. He’s everything hip hop needs to be. In his raps, he goes on about not just HIS life and HIS struggles. He goes through everyone’s hardships. He’s a man to be admired. He’s a real role model. Sure, he may cuss. Sure, he may smoke a joint every now and then. But don’t most of us do that? He gets high off the notes, not just high off the grams. He could kick your ass in any sort of grammatical exams. Rattpack boy. It’s logic.

  • Kyhul Rodgaz

    His delivery is insane, but his lyrics are just a bit too braggadocios! I’ve listened to his tracks for years but he approaches rap with a trendy vibe, rapping very gluttonously. He’s very talented but he needs to speak less about himself, and more about things he enjoys or dislikes, something along those lines. Songs like “All I Do” are great but once again the vast majority of what he’s saying in the song is towards him, and only him. Overall he’s very talented and I see why he made the Freshman list, hopefully he doesn’t ruin his name “Logic” by speaking only about money and fame in the future!

    • GOATmaybe

      Dude do you listen to the BET cyphers or even the other freshman freestyles, pretty much all of them go for braggadocio rapping. Freestyles like this give rappers the opportunity to let people know exactly what the rapper is all about, like a mission statement. I think Logic made it very clear what he’s all about

    • kevin crawford

      I completely agree, i love his style, rhythm, and delivery. But recently my buddy brought up the fact that every mixtape is about himself and now i can’t stop noticing it when i listen. He needs to broaden his horizons and speak about maybe some controversial topics or his opinions. everything is so first person and revolves around logic. he even admits he has a big ego, which isn’ta bad thing and can be used to his advantage but its getting old. Still wish you the best and i hope you blow up

  • Natalie Carmen

    Love Logic. Talented beyond words. Bringing back what created Rap.

  • el mundo

    lagic is a gud man he is rly good n kraftpug is to

  • http://www.facebook.com/FizZyBubblizZ Alfred Nordahl

    Signed to Def Jam ;)

  • Bongtokes

    That’s my fav Logic line, from “Live on the Air”- my future’s looking XXL, this shit is medium!

  • http://twitter.com/iamyungkizz YungKizz

    LOGIC IS THA TRUE HE DOPE AS HELL A REAL MC DAT I CAN MESS WID

  • http://twitter.com/Original_Dapper Professional Misfit

    As someone who’s been listening to this dude for a minute, I love people’s reactions to hearing him now. Like they are really getting hype. But he deserves it. Dude is mastering the craft.

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.spears.370 Robert Spears

    Murked it.

  • TPEPG

    im supprise that he is nice

  • Guest

    Don’t sleep on this kid. I’ve been a fan for a long time with the Facebook like to prove it and he’s one of the best new artists I’ve heard in the last 5 years on a lyrical skill and talent level. Ratt pack boi!

    SEPTEMBER 20
    Frankcastleaz likes Logic.

  • http://www.facebook.com/FrankCastleAZ Frankcastleaz Azhp

    Don’t sleep on this kid. I’ve been a fan for a long time with the Facebook like to prove it and he’s one of the best new artists I’ve heard in the last 5 years on a lyrical skill and talent level. Ratt pack boi!

    2011
    SEPTEMBER 20
    Frankcastleaz likes Logic.

  • imperiol

    white boy is weak sounding like drake on that numbers track are u serious get your own style

    • Chito

      Hes half black and half white. But what does that have to do with how he raps?

  • Jacko

    Logic is the King. The best here. His lyricism is on another level. He will make it BIG. Logic <3

  • crescendo

    Overall Class Rank

    1. Logic
    2. Joey Bada$$
    3. ScHoolBoy Q
    4. Action Bronson
    5. Ab-Soul
    6. Travi$ Scott
    7. Drizzy Wright
    8. Trinidad James
    9. Angel Haze
    10. Kirko Bangz

  • Lashawn

    He’s da shit. How have I not heard him yet.

  • mac miller

    this kid s dope…iv been watchin this dude do his thing ah min now…yall be sure ta check out D I R T Y J E R M also anotha cold hip hop artist

  • mac miller

    this kid s dope…iv been watchin this dude do his thing ah min now…yall be sure ta check out D I R T Y J E R M also anotha cold hip hop artist….

  • mac miller

    this kid s dope…iv been watchin this dude do his thing ah min now…yall be sure ta check out D I R T Y J E R M also anotha cold hip hop artist

  • mac miller

    this kid s dope…iv been watchin this dude do his thing ah min now…yall be sure ta check out D I R T Y J E R M also anotha cold hip hop artist…..DIRTY JERM

  • mac miller

    this kid s dope…iv been watchin this dude do his thing ah min now…yall be sure ta check out D I R T Y J E R M also anotha cold hip hop artist…..DIRTY JERM 2014 xxl freahman

  • mac miller

    this kid s dope…iv been watchin this dude do his thing ah min now…yall be sure ta check out D I R T Y J E R M also anotha cold hip hop artist…..DIRTY JERM 2014 xxl freahman….check out da dopeness

  • mac miller

    this kid s dope…iv been watchin this dude do his thing ah min now…yall be sure ta check out D I R T Y J E R M also anotha cold hip hop artist…..DIRTY JERM 2014 xxl freahman…google him now

  • mac miller

    this kid s dope…iv been watchin this dude do his thing ah min now…yall be sure ta check out D I R T Y J E R M also anotha cold hip hop artist…..DIRTY JERM 2014 xxl freahman…..

  • mac miller

    this kid s dope…iv been watchin this dude do his thing ah min now…yall be sure ta check out D I R T Y J E R M also anotha cold hip hop artist…..DIRTY JERM 2014 xxl freahman…much props

  • Sawgz Purple

    Damn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Logic is the shit. I’m from South Africa(RSA) when i first heard this fella on His new Mixtape “Welcome to Forever” i was like F*#K this guy is killing shit.!!!!

  • imxian

    never heard him spit until i listened to his latest mixtape, young sinatra: welcome to forever. dude is nice!!

  • Finesse

    Number One On The List, MD Stand Up

  • Complex

    FaZe Clan , Got me here

  • Kitoko230

    This nigga good. The light skin version of Nas!

  • Datbov

    didn’t know he was on here. its about time he got the attention he deserves, dudes talented but nobody knows about him.

  • OG

    This is my first time hearing this guy. He is FUCKING heat! This dude raps like he is HUNGRY!

  • Danny Ciaccio

    ive been listening to logic since like 2009 – 2010 and i still havnt heard a bad verse from him

  • Godfrey Agogo

    people are sleeping on logic like they were sleeping on dizzy at first but know people kinda know dizzy as the guy from vegas

  • JL

    his music dope. im an aspiring artist and id like to record if anybody could help me out

  • JL

    just let me know you can contact me at johnathanmial@gmail.com or 9084252602, we could talk and do business

  • gnodecarg

    Love him, love his background, love his mentality, love his music, just love.