Last year, Logic graced XXL’s Freshman cover and many fans seemed to question who he was. The Maryland MC was unknown to some, but quickly became a household name in a matter of months. After reaching the milestone of becoming a Freshman, something he’d been dreaming about since 2010, he has released the impressive Young Sinatra: Welcome To Forever mixtape, signed a deal with Def Jam and toured with his homies Big Sean and Kid Cudi. And that’s not all—he has snagged No I.D. as an executive producer for his debut LP. As his notoriety continues to grow, Logic is ready to have his moment in 2014.

This month, Logic gave us a taste of how his sound is shaping up with “Like Me” featuring Casey Veggies. Throughout his numerous tweets detailing the recording process, Logic is aiming to create a more introspective and vivid project than his mixtapes. Fans won’t be disappointed. We got on the phone with the 24-year-old lyricist to talk about his goals this year, learning from No I.D., and who he’s been in the studio with lately. We also discuss working with Casey Veggies and if he feels more hated than loved.—Eric Diep (@E_Diep)

XXL: You got on the Freshman cover last year. What is your focus now?
Logic: Basically, I used to look at Cole, Kendrick, Wiz, Big Sean, all these rappers on this Freshman cover. Even Wale, he’s from my hometown as well. I used to be like, “Aw, man, look at these guys. Like, they made it. They are here!” And in all honesty, as incredible as an accomplishment as it is to be considered one of the best new up-and-coming artists, once you’re there, you don’t see it as that. I used to look at that cover as a little rapper dude on the come up. When you’re there, there are people who are looking up at me. With me, I still haven’t even done enough yet. So, I want to do more. Even then, I knew I definitely wanted more.

Especially now because I feel like hip-hop is a little tiny circle and it is filled with tastemakers from XXL to Complex to all these different people who kind of give you that co-sign or not. XXL was the first to do that. Even still, I am constantly having to prove myself, 'cause I did things backwards. There are certain artists that get into the little circle in hip-hop and everybody is talking about them and they are buzzing. But they can’t go out and sell out tours, perform in front of 3,000 people a night and things like that. We did things backwards; with Visionary, we got all the fans first. And then [the industry came]. Thanks to XXL.

What are your goals this year?
This album is for sure something I want to get right. It’s been crazy. Just reaching the level of success that I’ve always wanted. The funny thing is XXL was one of those things. And when I got it, I wanted more. I was never satisfied. I’ve been working a lot with No I.D. and Hit-Boy. Hit-Boy is coming into the mix. C-Sick and 6ix—my guys. I want to put out an incredible album and hopefully the numbers will be good enough to kind of make people turn their heads. Even though I want the music to be good, but honestly the first thing on my mind is getting this album perfect, putting it out and touring the world. And letting the people hear it in front of them.

Even with all the success you've had, do you still feel you are unknown in hip-hop?
Oh, very much so. It’s not necessarily unknown, I think more people could know about me, but it’s okay. Because this album is going to do that. I truly feel like when I drop this album that the music—in no way I am trying to sound arrogant—it will speak for itself. It’ll just speak volumes. People who don’t know me, will know me. And people who know me that are like, “Yeah, that’s that Logic kid. He’s cool or whatever.” They’ll recognize and they’ll see what’s up.