Three Things You Need to Know About Logic’s New Album
Logic is an artist you root for. Raised in Section 8 housing in Gaithersburg, Md., Logic was signed to Def Jam in 2013 after releasing a trio of well-received mixtapes. A year later, the former XXL Freshman released his fantastic debut album Under Pressure, a 15-track LP that delved into every aspect of his rough life and challenging upbringing. The result of his hard work landed his album debuting at No. 4 on the Billboard 200, selling 73,000 copies in its first week of release. His fanbase, that he coined as RattPack, grew even bigger, positioning himself as a promising rapper to take the leap into stardom. Since the release of Under Pressure, Logic has been traveling as a madman, going on extensive tours around the world.
He was featured in our 2014 Winter Issue about his growth, exclaiming that he's "no longer the young guy in No I.D.’s studio asking for Kanye beats.” He spoke to us in March about life after Under Pressure and how the generally positive response for his debut LP was a wake up call. "The response has been really great, especially from the fans," he said. "As long as I put my heart into it, they’re going to love what I do no matter what. As long as I know and they know that I gave it my all and I really put my heart and soul into everything, they’re going to love it. As for the general public, I think it was a wake up call to me that I am doing the right thing. In a way it’s very reminiscent because you can hear a lot of the influences, but it’s new because it's my story and my flows and my kind of sounds. It’s just been received in a positive way and I’m happy." But will he suffer the sophomore slump?
The biracial spitta announced sophomore album, The Incredible True Story, through a trailer and teased that it's a “motion picture Sci-Fi epic.” The motion picture would star Logic, Steve Blum (as Thomas), Kevin Randolph (as Kai) and Anna Elyse Palchikoff (as Thalia). He released the cover art soon after and followed that up with his first single, "Young Jesus," featuring Big Lenbo. Finally Logic shared on Twitter that The Incredible True Story will drop on Nov. 13. The rapper took to Twitter to share the big news to his fans (see below).
He held a private listening party last night (Oct. 8) at the famous Quad Studios in New York City. With all of Visionary Music Group, Def Jam Records executives, 6ix, plus family and friends he played the full album, from front to back, while everyone vibed. Before the event began, the space-infatuated MC thanked all the writers and tastemakers for coming out and voiced how his new album is completely different from his debut. While being served wings and sipping whiskey, XXL took some notes on Logic's The Incredible True Story. Here’s what you need to know.—Emmanuel C.M.
1. The Incredible True Story is a concept album with an amazing backstory.
The concept about The Incredible True Story is that the story takes places 100 years into the future and the Earth is pretty much inhabitable because human beings ruined it. There's only five million people left and they all live in a space station. Thomas and Kai are now traveling to a new planet that is habitual called "Paradise," and while they're flying there, they are playing Logic's album, The Incredible True Story. So it's like we're on this adventure with the two pilots and we're listening to the music with them. Cool right?
2. The voice actor for "Thomas" character is really famous.
Steve Blum is one of the most famous anime voice actors of all time. He's voiced iconic characters like Spike from Cowboy Bebop, Roger Smith from The Big O, Mugen from Samurai Champloo and even TOM, the robotic host of Cartoon Network's Toonami programming block. He's a legend.
3. The Incredible True Story is 18 tracks long.
The 18-track LP only features two guest appearances: Big Lenbo (who snaps on "Young Jesus") and English singer Lucy Rose. The album also features an amazing sample of British philosopher Alan Watts.