During a recent interview, Logic explained how his upbringing has been misconceived by many audiences.
“People look at me like, ‘He’s from the suburbs and he was raised rich, and mommy and daddy pay for everything,’” Logic says in an interview with Complex. “Man, get the fuck out of here. Growing up there were guns in the house, my brothers were out selling crack. I grew up on Section 8 housing, food stamps, welfare, and dealing with social services. I never had a Christmas, I never had a birthday.”
Logic’s struggles included several problems his mother faced throughout his life.
“My mother was a good woman,” Logic says. “But she went through a hell of a lot of shit from drugs, prostitution—all types of shit, it fucked her mind up. My mother got stabbed, she was raped, she tried to choke me to death as a child. I can’t even begin to explain the tormenting feeling of living in my household; constant screaming, death-curdling screams, arguments between my mom and other men, her getting her fucking ass whooped. At times, there was blood all over the kitchen and fucking floor.
“My mother was racist,” Logic adds. “It’s so hard to wrap your head around that and the fact that my own mother would call me a nigger as a child. I’m not talking about ‘What’s up, my nigga,’ I’m talking in a fully prejudiced way. Here’s a woman who wants to sleep with a black man and makes babies and wants to be racist towards them. It’s extremely hard to grasp.”
Logic’s father also faced many struggles, primarily dealing with drug addiction, a topic Logic has discussed several times.
“My father has called me and been like, ‘I don’t really appreciate you talking about me smoking crack all the time,’” Logic says. “I’m like, ‘Would you appreciate it if I didn’t say anything and induced those same drugs into my body to try to get over what you put me through? Or would you rather me do it in a positive way?’”
In December 2013, Logic spoke with HipHopDX about his 2014 direction.
“This record actually has a lot of significance as far as lyrically,” Logic said at the time. “This is one of the first songs where I really…In my career, my fans know [me], definitely, without a doubt with records like, ‘Dear God’ or ‘Dead Presidents III,’ where I have delved into who I am as a person and the things that I’ve gone through. However, I have never truly brought you into the world of like Bobby, the person. Kind of been a lot about Logic.”
“I feel like with rappers and mixtapes, its kind of like, we rap and we show our worth,” Logic continued. “So it’s like, ‘I’m this good because I can rap like this, check out this style, check out this, that.’ That’s kind of what we do [with] mixtapes, to be honest. But with the album, it is totally different. I want this to be why my fans are my fans. I want them to get to truly know me. You can hear it in Kendrick’s mixtapes, you know, kind of being the best and you can hear it in Cole, just them rapping, but there are some really incredible songs that they have of great meaning and who they are, but I feel like in their album, that’s where we really got to know who they were, not only as rappers, musicians and artists, but as people.”