Logic is hard at work on his Def Jam yet-to-be-titled debut, scheduled to release in 2014.
Back in May, the Maryland MC signed a deal with Def Jam on the heels of getting placed in the 2013 XXL Freshman class. Since then, he’s been focused on delivering an album that’ll get his buzz up even more. Besides having No I.D. as the executive producer, he’s been in the studio with Hit-Boy and tease fans some of his collaborations with the Casey Veggies-assisted “Like Me.” But, he wants his fans to know that this album won’t be feature heavy.
“There will probably be a few. Rappers that I want on my album are my favorite rappers, whether it is an old school rapper to my favorite new school rappers. I feel like they are giving me a verse and these are people that inspire me,” he tells XXL. “I want people who can really challenge me. Like I said, Cole has given me some guidance and I’ve been in there with him and played him some of the album and he was really feeling it. Talking to him about that.”
He added, “Producers I’ve been with Tae Beast from TDE. Guy Hutch. Terrace Martin. It’s funny being over on the West Coast I met a lot of the TDE guys and they are all really dope people. Jon Bellion. We’ll probably get something for sure. He’s in New York right now, but I am definitely gonna bring him out and see if he’s feeling anything for sure. Maybe, QuESt who knows?”
Lately, Logic has made headlines for his thoughts on a possible dream collaboration with Eminem. In an interview with Montreality, he spoke about doing something more with Em’s alter-ego Slim Shady, which would be in his wheelhouse. When asked if he would want to get Em for his Def Jam debut, he gave a rather odd answer for an up-and-coming MC.
“That would be fun, but I wouldn’t have Em on an album. Even though I know that would sound crazy,” he says. It’s almost like when Kendrick did m.A.A.d city, you didn’t hear ScHoolboy on the album. You didn’t hear Ab-Soul. You didn’t hear a lot of people you thought you were gonna hear. It’s because he had this vision in his mind of what he wanted. That’s kind of like with this album. This album I had in my mind for many years, but now that I am growing as a man and an artist everyday, the structure is pretty much exactly where I want it to be.”
He continued to explain his vision for the album so far, which he described as very “introspective” and “vivid.” “I am painting pictures where I grew up. The things that I saw. Experiences I’ve had and conversations I’ve had with myself and my mind. I’m OCD. I talk about shit like that,” he says. “This is one of my favorite lines on the album. It goes, ‘People gon’ hate, man they been destined to do that / I could find the cure for cancer, and people would still boo that.’ That’s just the realist shit. No matter what I do, people are going to love me or hate me. I still just create records like back in the basement when I didn’t even have a fan because it was that mentality that got me the fans in the first place.”