The Amazing Evolution of Logic 


Rob Greene, Staff Writer

     Logic, born Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, may not be the typical rapper that you’d see in this day and age. With his great features and artistry, his success has been through the roof in many ways.  

      “Bobby,” as he goes by, has come a very long way since being homeless living in his best friends’ basement. While writing rhymes and making mixtapes in 2009.  

       It all started in 2014 with the classic hits from his first album “Under Pressure” that became certified gold, such as “Burried Alive,” “Soul Food” and title track “Under Pressure.” He wanted to create this art to be, “beautiful, musical and melodic with raw lyricism,” which is what Hall’s music has been since the very beginning while telling an incredible story and spreading a positive message. 

      Speaking of incredible stories, studio album number two, “The Incredible True Story,” was another instant classic in 2015. A project about space, but also one of many amazing stories with hits such as “Fade Away,” “Intermission” and “Like Woah.”  

      Hall’s supreme rise to fame was in May of 2017. The release of his third studio album, “Everybody,” was all the world needed to hear. Debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart, this one represented Hall’s message. Peace, love and positivity. This was the album of the well-known beloved Suicide Prevention Lifeline title track, “1-800-273-8255,” which was nominated for Song of the Year and Best Music Video at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.  

      Featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid and eventually reaching number three on the US Billboard Hot 100, this was the song. The song that reached everyone mentally, helping others realize that you are not alone and no matter what you are going through, there will forever be a light at the end of the tunnel.  

     Speaking to people from the heart and soul through music, while saving an abundance of lives, Hall took the stage along with the two other artists performing the Platinum record in August of 2017 at the MTV Video Music Awards.  

“I just want to take a moment right now to thank you all so much for giving me a platform to talk about something that mainstream media doesn’t want to talk about. Mental health, anxiety, suicide, depression and so much more that I talk about on this album,” Hall said.  “From racism, discrimination, sexism, domestic violence, sexual assault and so much more.”  

Hall went on to preach multiple times that we must fight.  

“Fight for the equality of every man, women or child regardless of race, religion, color, creed or sexual orientation and that if you believe in the message of peace, love and positivity and equality for all that you must rise to your feet and applaud not only for ourselves, but the foundation we are laying for our children,” Hall said. 

      This made Hall even more well-loved around the world and especially in our industry of music.  

      Post Grammy performance and nomination, the Maryland rapper started off 2018 with his usual party and turn-up bars releasing “Bobby Tarantino II.” This scored Hall his second consecutive number one album in less than a year. This mixtape included Platinum and Gold records such as “44 More” and “Everyday” with Marshmello.  

      In November of 2018, J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot productions acquired six new projects from many rising filmmakers. Standing out amongst them was Hall. He wrote the movie “Everything Must Go,” described as “Clerks meets Superbad” for a new generation, that he’s starring and co-writing with Lisa McQuillan. There is no set release date.  

      On March 26, 2019, Hall released his debut novel titled “Supermarket.” A psychological thriller that centers on Flynn, an aspiring writer who was broken by a girl, depressed and desperate for change. He takes a job at a supermarket as an undercover author hoping to find inspiration.  

     The novel has severe relations and similarities with anxiety and derealization while telling insanely relatable feelings, sort of like a self-help book for others as well. In the first two weeks of the release, “Supermarket” was number one on the New York Times Best Seller list and sold over 100,000 books. Hall became the first rapper ever to be a New York Times best-selling author.  

      As May approached, Hall once again opened the eyes of the rap industry announcing a release of the track titled “Homicide” featuring the one and only Eminem. The song was released just a week before studio album number six, “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.” Along with Homicide reaching number five on the Billboard Hot 100, “COADM,” as they call it, was yet another number one album for the third straight spring. This made Hall the only artist ever to have three consecutive number one albums in three straight years.  

     Hits such as “Homicide” and “Keanu Reeves” would become Platinum and Gold and other songs such as “Mama/Show Love” featuring YBN Cordae and “Still ballin” with Wiz Khalifa. 

     “Everybody wants to be famous,” Hall said via the H3 Podcast. “In today’s society it’s all about fame and clicks and likes and not only for the perspective of somebody who’s in the lime light, but somebody you know like a 13-year-old girl who’s like looking at these Instagram models and seeing how many likes they have and realizing it may be more recognized than your typical plain Jane next store, so they think they have to alter their own body.”  

      “This is every day for us. Every day someone’s threatening to kill you or murder you or that you’re terrible or you suck and people wonder why were humans and our feelings get hurt just because we’re famous,” Hall said. 

       While describing the album in a separate interview on Hard Knock TV, Logic continued to express the feeling of us being doomed as a society.  

“This is all things I’ve wanted to talk about that I’ve been scared to talk about because of black lash or if I talk about somebody not rap or this or that, but how I may have been treated or things like that but maybe they can say something but who give a f**k because at the end of the day it all just comes back to the premise of the album and what it’s about which is self-acceptance, loving yourself and doing our best to be in the present, not on social media all the time which I think we’re doomed personally. 100%. I think everything that I can do will help a select few who are ready to hear it and understand it but a majority of people around the entire world wake up every single day and the first thing they do is look at their phone and I don’t think that’s gonna stop any time soon I think we’re gonna come to a point where they open their eyes and it’ll be projected from their brain. That’s a real thing,” Hall said. 

          A few weeks before the announcement of the release, Hall was asked if his time meeting and opening up for Eminem in Hawaii had anything to do with the album.  

“Ah man I wish he’d give me a verse,” Hall said. “I didn’t even ask him that shit, when I sat down with him all we talked about was rap. I wasn’t gonna be like, ‘yo can I get a verse from you?’ That’d be so weird but I mean if he’s watching I don’t know maybe some time.”  

Little did the rap game know, Hall, and the rap god he had been listening to since he was 10 years old, had the platinum Homicide on the way.  

        About a month before the start of the Confessions of a Dangerous Mind tour with JID, Silas and YBN Cordae, Hall released a freestyle and confirmed the sequel to Under Pressure titled, “No Pressure.”  Hall also revealed some other intriguing news in the video post-freestyle.  

“And I’m having a little baby. Surprise! It’s a little baby boy! F**k TMZ they can’t get the scoop on this shit,Hall said. 

Hall and his new wife have Sir Robert Bryson Hall III on the way. “Lil Bobby,” as Dad calls him.  

       The “COADM” tour was outstanding. With peace, love and positivity. A voice guiding others to feel loved, like everyone should, and to feel as a part of the party and conversation. Selling out awesome arenas such as the Barclays Center, the Metropolitan Philadelphia and the new Chase Center in San Francisco. 

      “What a few years it’s been man,” Hall said on stage. “We stacked platinum records, billions of streams, out here making movies, number one New York Times best-seller two weeks in a row, back-to-back-to-back number one albums. But my greatest accomplishment thus far is I’m gonna be a dad, I’m having a little Bobby.”  

This led into COADM’s “Pardon My Ego.”  

        The countdown to yet another magnificent record from Hall in No Pressure has begun. For a platinum-selling, Grammy nominated artist who is an author, can rap, sing and is now going to cast and star in movies, Hall can really do it all.  

         Hall states in the title track of Confessions of a Dangerous Mind:”  

Spread your imagination to the millions don’t worry ‘bout how to maintain all your millions just spread that positivity for the children and all the haters that’s hatin‘ just love ‘em cause that’s the only way you ever gon’ kill ‘em know somebody feel ‘em, last but not least, put your ego on the shelf and remember love yourself.”