Following the release of his debut album, Under Pressure, Gaithersburg, Maryland rapper Logic spoke with XXL magazine about the insecurities he faced prior to the album’s release last October.

According to the Def Jam Recordings signee, he was concerned that people “wouldn’t take to” his album because of his style and his past “fun rapper type” records.

“I’m most proud about telling a story that I thought people probably wouldn’t believe based on the perception of how I look…I was a little nervous that people wouldn’t take to Under Pressure, because my style and what I embodied had previously been the braggadocious ’90s fun rapper type,” Logic said. “Before this album, I didn’t rap about my life much. It’s peppered in on the mixtape tracks, but out of 20 songs, there would be two personal records.”

Among those who contributed to Under Pressure was Chicago, Illinois beatsmith No I.D. The producer served as executive producer on the album, working with Logic in Los Angeles on the project.

During his interview with XXL, Logic spoke on working with No I.D. on his album, stating that the producer helped him find the still-evolving “Logic sound.”

“I’m no longer the young guy in No I.D.’s studio asking for Kanye beats…No I.D. executive produced Under Pressure and helped me find the Logic sound that’s evolving every day,” the rapper said. “Six months ago, I didn’t know how to play keys; now I can play a little bit—just enough before bringing in the big boys to do it better.”

Lastly, Logic praised the likes of J Dilla and MF Doom and shared his goal to become a part of the legacy such artists have built.

“I bought a standard electronic beat machine but the digital aspect made it feel soulless,” Logic said. “There’s something about the analog look of the MPC with the old buttons, knowing Dilla was on it, Doom, Q-Tip, RZA. I want to be a part of this legacy.”

Logic’s interview with XXL was featured in the magazine’s Winter 2014 issue.

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