While speaking with Complex recently, Gaithersburg, Maryland rapper Logic says his debut album received quite the comparison when friend and fellow musician OB compared the project to Kanye West’s Graduation and Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city.
The Def Jam signee went on to break down the comparison, informing those watching that his debut will feature a coming of age story like good kid, m.A.A.d city and will include “the sonics of Graduation.”
“We had our homie OB come to listen,” Logic said. “He’s a producer from Maryland as well. And he was like ‘This is like some Graduation meets [good kid], m.A.A.d city.’ And I was like ‘Damn, that’s a pretty big [comparison].’ And what he meant by that was I guess maybe the introspective coming of age story of a m.A.A.d city. Me introducing who I am. Like Kendrick kinda did there. And then also with the sonics of Graduation. Now by no means it’s not a rap, ‘80s power thump like Graduation was. But just the keys and the synthesizers and the live strings…Everything is very organic and raw and natural. And yet flowing together from the pianists that I brought in. It’s a musical album. And it’s also extremely Hip Hop.”
Logic later spoke on his musical inspirations and says that they’ll be apparent on his album. And according to the rapper, he’s not concerned with sounding like another artist as long as he creates good music.
“It still has the Hip Hop authenticity except it’s like I didn’t want to put myself in this stupid, little box that is a genre of just one thing,” he said. “Rather than just Hip Hop or just this or just that, I wanted to incorporate my love for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. For Nirvana. For [A] Tribe Called Quest. For Wu-Tang. For Drake and Kendrick. You can hear all my inspirations. A lot of people are very scared, you know? ‘Oh, he sounds like this or he sounds like [that].’ Man, I don’t give a shit who I sound like…But as long as it sounds good. Will you remember me in 10 years? That’s all I care about…The overall sound can only be described as music. Like at its finest. It’s very dark. It’s a very dark album.”
Late last year, Logic spoke exclusively with HipHopDX about his Def Jam debut.
“That’s what I am also going to be doing for the length of the album, just giving a really vivid picture of who I am and where I am and where I am going,” he said in December.