The latest body of music by rapper Logic is coming in the form of a mixtape available to all on all streaming devices. Bobby Tarantino II, the second mixtape of the series. Logic used to be a known member of the mixtape community, back when Datpiff was huge and not filled with “Mumble Rappers” and trap music. Logic brings back the idea of passing out free music, like his colleague Chance the Rapper, whose Coloring Book debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 with 57.3 million streams.
Why shouldn’t music be free? If you are an artist like Logic, you would describe yourself as dedicated, inspirational, and a lover of music. If you love music then you will spread it. If you are an artist, then you will want recognition. Logic has spread his name by now. His concerts have filled their seats, his latest album Everybody, made the number one slot on the US Billboard for some time, and his other albums have had similar success.
If you want to know what Logic’s latest mixtape is all about, I can’t give it justice you’ll have to listen to the into of Bobby Tarantino II, Grandpa’s Spaceship featuring Justin Roiland (A.k.A. the voice of Rick & Morty).
As you can see, this mixtape is not anything like what you see in Logic’s albums. Throughout Logic’s career, he’s made inspirational work and themed albums, such as The Incredible True Story, which literally includes a story about a deep space adventure. Back in the beginning with Under Pressure, Logic had songs like Nikki, about the craving addiction nicotine causes. Then there was the album Everyday, where statements were made about the several issues our country faces. Black Spiderman, speaks on the trivial nature of racism, and 1-800-273-8255 featuring Alessa Cara has the suicide hotline in the title and is all about loving yourself.
When that push come to shove
Make me wanna pull up with the, with the gat in the glove like
I just wanna be free
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
Not perceived by the things I believe or the color of my skin
Or the fact I’m attracted to her, maybe him
Or the fact I’m a single mother living all alone
Looking for a man and a home to call my own
But I already have one
The only man I’ma ever need is my son, my son, my son, my son
Black is beautiful (black is beautiful)
Be black and proud (be black and proud)
Fuck everybody hatin’ on me right now, I’m black and proud (I’m black and proud)
-Black Spiderman – Logic, Everyday
While that is all good and well, sometimes you just need that titty rap. Those loud club bangers that are just nice to throw on when you’ve been flying through space on a ship for 3 hours. Bobby Tarantino II gives us that mixtape feel that we’ve been missing for some time now. His tracks are about stacks of money, how’s he’s the best, the most dedicated, all tied in with the most perfect lyrics, wordplay, and similies.
Midnight, the seventh track has two separate parts, one heavily chorus, but he turns it up in part two. If you’re looking for an old school chill and smoke song, track 6 Indica Badu featuring Wiz Khalifa is just that. Yuck, by rating standard, is the number one track on the mixtape. A lot of the hype of this song comes from the conflict between Logic and Joyner Lucas, where shots were fired. As most know, Logic is a pretty docile guy, so names weren’t thrown out, but as you can see, there is clearly some conflict between these two.
“Cats beef with Logic, yeah, they prayin’ I respond
If I ever did, I dead you in this game with no respawn,” he continues.
“Peace, love, and positivity that’s all I want with you
But you push the issue ’cause I give you more press than your publicist could ever get you
Hell nah, fuck rap, fuck beef, anyone that hate me, I wish you success
I wish you look in the mirror and ask yourself why you suppressed
If feelings of self-hatred that you wan’ project on me
Bet if I never picked up the mic then we might be homies
But you jealous, you look at my life and you feel envy
Constantly comparing yourself to me and feel empty
Most people that don’t fuck with me ain’t ever shook my hand.”
-Yuck – Logic, Bobby Tarantino II
The beef began when Joyner Lucas came out calling Logic’s 1-800 track “corny.” Obviously, there was a lot of backlash against him with the world thinking him to be ignorant hating on such a positive song with a good message that appealed to thousands going through the issue of depression and suicide on which Logic mentions. Apparently, the real issue was some beef between Logic, Joyner Lucas, and Tech N9ne. Added in with the fact that Joyner Lucas claimed to have spoken to Logic about using the suicide hotline in a track of his which Logic shrugged off, but then apparently stole the idea.
If you truly are a fan of Logic and do miss that mixtape shit as he mentions in the track 44 More, then you’ll want to listen to the 8th track Warm it Up (ft. Young Sinatra). This song features no other artists. Young Sinatra is Logic, the alter ego referencing back to his mixtape days where he had several tapes labeled Young Sinatra. In this track, Warm it Up, he mentions his old crew RattPack, where it all began. He shouts out “Goddamn, I’m a miraculous Man!” A shout out to the previous mixtape Young Sinatra track Live on the Air which he has another reference to when he called himself the Messiah like on Live on the Air “The rap Messiah, fresh to death so peep the attire”.
This mixtape was awesome, but the real thing I wanted to touch on was the influences this rapper has taken on and been inspired by throughout his career. There’s Frank Sinatra, who doesn’t want to be like Frank Sinatra, he is an idol. A voice of gold and a statement of his generation. Logic also speaks of his love of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and his largest inspiration Quintin Tarantino. In The Incredible True Story albulm, there are many skits to make up the story Logic tells. One of the skits he compares the way Quintein Tarantino composes his shots and angles to how Logic constructs his albums. The two voice actors discuss which Tarantino film they think would be Logics favorite and decide it to be Kill Bill because of all the fast pace guns and knives shit is like how Logic flows while rapping. The whole skit concept in The Incredible True Story is pretty cool, you can play them all through in this video if you’re interested.
Back to the Tarantino shit, this is the second Bobby Tarantino tape, meaning Logic really is into this guy a huge inspiration like he has been to millions of fans; myself in addition. Just by looking at this latest album cover, you can see it filled with items of inspiration from the great movie director.
The car theme reminds me of Pulp Fiction when they’re driving out and Vincent blows the brains out of the black kid in the backseat. But seeing Logic with an injury he is wrapping up also seems like the scene in Reservoir Dogs when Mr. Orange is bleeding out in the backseat and is yelled out until he finally can say that he will be okay.
Featured on this album cover we also see a samurai sword from Kill Bill. The woman in the picture has a strong enough resemblance to Logic’s wife to make it a fair enough bet to say that’s her. Her voice has been featured in several of Logic’s albums in his many skits. Another notable feature is the Corgi. I could not find ANY information on Logic and his Corgi, but it must be really fucking important to him because this isn’t the first album cover we’ve seen specifically two Corgis featured in.
I hope you all get the chance to check out the mixtape and see all of the Tarantino films that have influenced so many lives, films, series, and yes albums. If you haven’t gotten into Logic yet, now is the time to do so. Hurry too, because according to a line in AfricAryaN, of the Everybody album. There’s only one album left.