Last week I did something I rarely do, I listened to some American Hip Hop. As usual it was an artist I’ve been a long-time fan of Eminem (Well not really Eminem it was Logic but it was the Homicide track he did with Eminem). I then noticed that Logic had dropped an album last week too and after having Az tell me it’s a quality listen I thought I’d better get the review out for today.
If you’ve been following for a while you’ll know it’s not often at all that I review American music, the truth is it’s just not for me. Grime in particular came about at the right time for me, I was getting fed up with listening to bars that were in no way relevant to me or where I was from and the accents were just off putting. It was far from the melancholic Brummie tones of Mist or the Cockney chimes of Wiley and talking about shoot outs in Detroit or the Bronx was just a world I will never see, nowadays there’s that much UK choice that I never really need to have a look across the pond.
When it comes to American Hip Hop I don’t mind a bit of College Rap and that’s what we find here on Logic’s Confessions of a Dangerous Mind but one of the things that blew my mind about the album is the sheer speed at which Logic spits. Imagine Twister on that Kanye West track and that’s about the speed Logic spits the entire album at.
There’s also a raft of high profile features on this one, from Eminem to Will Smith, we even nearly see the Fresh Prince cuss on his record so maybe he and Slim rubbed shoulders at some point in the studio for this one. Alongside Eminem and Will Smith we also see G Eazy, Gucci Mane and Wiz Khalifa.
The album is an insightful and enigmatic piece of work, it’s really bang on and although I’ve seen complaints about it not being as good as some of his previous albums (All of which I’ve never listened to so can’t comment on them) as someone who’s discovered Logic for the first time this album is really worth a listen. My complaint is that by the end, from about Don’t Be Afraid to Be Different, it just seems to lose focus and feels a bit childish.
All in all a cracking album and I’ll give it a 5/5 without a second thought to be honest.