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Logic Explores Really Complicated Race Issues That Will Make You Think

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Logic - "BlackSpider Man" Video

Logic – and his political subject matter – have progressed very nicely since his mixtape days and critically acclaimed indie releases like Young, Broke & Infamous, Under Pressure, The Incredible True Story (TITS) and Bobby Tarantino.

Logic’s most recent major label release via a deal with Def Jam, Everybody has song titles like “America,” “Hallelujah,” “1-800-273-8255 (National Suicide Prevention Hotline)” and “AfricAryaN,” which gives us a glimpse into what to expect from the album.

The Gaithersburg, Maryland artist just released the tracklist for his upcoming album, Everybody, and the titles show that the concept album has been well thought out.

Logic reserved spots for Black Thought, Killer Mike, Juicy J., Alessia Cara, Chuck D of Public Enemy and even the famed scientist Neil Degrasse Tyson, who are among the guests checking in on Everybody.

Logic just released a new song from the album titled “Black SpiderMan.” The song and video embody the struggle Logic faces, growing up in an unstable household as a biracial kid in the United States.

Not a slave to the stereotype/All alone in my room in the middle of the night/I don’t have the words but my stereo might/I don’t wanna be black, I don’t wanna be white, I just wanna be a man today/I don’t wanna be a Christian, Muslim, gay, straight, or bi, see you later, bye.

While race will be a central topic of his Logic’s content on Everybody, the rapper will no doubt touch upon other issues he’s struggled with in the past, including the difficulties of dealing with a white mother who suffers from bipolar disorder.

“I have seven brothers and sisters and I’m the only one who looks white because my mother has had children by all black men and then my father has children with other women as well. The crazy part is my mother, she was prejudiced. She was racist— but why would she have children by black men?” Logic to Billboard – 2015.

“When I was a young boy, there was a lot of mental anguish that she would inflict on me. She stayed in the house all day, popped pills and drank,” Logic explained. “One minute she was a bible thumper and then the next she’s cursing up a storm. She would talk to me when I was only like 6 years old and go into detail about the times that she was raped. I left home when I was 17-years old because she’s got a lot of fucking problems. I don’t talk to her now — I haven’t talked to her since I was 21.”

It’s great to see that a rapper experiencing such an upward trajectory as Logic can remain humble on his quest to dominate the charts, dodge addiction (which is usually hereditary), in light of his rough upbringing.

Even after going from small intimate venues to ripping the stages of large arenas with rappers like G Eazy, YG and Yo Gotti, Logic seemed as down to earth as ever in a 2015 reddit AMA.

“You just go. and never stop. There is no elaboration and life doesn’t get any easier. Just don’t STOP!” Logic said.

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