Maryland Rapper Logic Tackles Social Issues and Mental Health in His Most Recent Album: Everybody
Sir Robert Bryson Hall II (Logic) raps about a mix of Political issues, racism, discrimination, mental health, suicide, and basic civil rights on his 14 song track list in his new Album Everybody. Everybody lasts seventy minutes and will take you on an emotional journey throughout the perspective of just that, everybody.
Some notable songs include “1-800-273-8255,” “Black Spiderman,” “Everybody,” and “AfricAryaN.” Logic took this album in a surprising new direction in comparison to his earlier work on The Incredible True Story, Bobby Tarantino, and Under Pressure by not focusing on his come up, but by rather discussing the importance of everyone’s struggles, diversity, and culture. Logic tackles mental health in notable songs like “Anziety” and “1-800-273-8255” which is also known as the National Suicide Prevention Hotline.
In “1-800-273-8255,” Logic begins the song from a suicidal person’s point of view that just wants to die. If you analyze the lyrics to this song closely, you notice a change of perspective from the suicidal person calling the hotline to the other end of the line telling this person that they don’t have to die today and that they need to be alive. Logic uses his own experience dealing with anxiety in his song “Anziety” to help him rap from the perspective of the mental illness in lines such as, “I’ma get up in ya mind right now, make you feel like dying now.”
Logic’s concept of “everybody” derives from the short story: “The Egg,” by Andy Weir. This idea follows our main character Atom, who dies in a car accident and goes to purgatory in Logic’s song “Waiting Room”. The waiting room holds God, who is voiced by Neil deGrasse Tyson. God tells Atom that he will be reincarnated once again into the form of another person. God also tells Atom that he is actually every person on earth and will experience the mind of everybody, regardless of race, religion, class, gender, creed, and sexual orientation. The art for the cover of this album draws inspiration from Paolo Veronese’s The Wedding at Cana. This art features over a hundred characters important to Logic having a godlike feast.
Being a fan of Logic and having seen him in concert, Everybody is by far my favorite album from Logic mainly for it’s concept, content, and creativity. Logic’s lyricism also makes this album exemplary in lines such as:
“All alone in the wintertime close to the heater, wondering what’s gonna happen and how the worlds gonna treat her, how could her momma mislead her and her daddy just leave her? Like abracadabra when that magician pull on the lever!”-Logic on AfricAryaN.
Photo: Logic by Dan Garcia on Flickr