Logic marked the end of his relationship with Def Jam in June with the release of his final album on the label. Appearing on the latest episode of Logan Paul’s Impaulsive podcast, the Maryland rapper revealed he recorded Vinyl Days in under two weeks so he could get out of his contract as soon as possible — but that doesn’t mean he didn’t put his all into the music.
“I made that album in 12 days so I could get off Def Jam,” he admitted on the July 15 episode. “That’s my favorite part – I’m off Def Jam. I made that album so I could leave, and guess what? I left them with some of the dopest shit I could give them. It’s not like I just wiped my ass. What am I excited about? I’m excited to be independent, I’m excited to do my thing.”
He added, “I’m really happy to know that I represented and low-key was the face of the label — one of the illest Hip Hop labels of all time — and that I sold millions and millions of records and gave them billions and billions of streams, and that it was a good partnership. And I couldn’t be happier to get the fuck out.”
Between 2014 and 2022, Logic released seven albums on Def Jam: Under Pressure, The Incredible True Story, Everybody, YSIV, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, No Pressure and Vinyl Days, along with his Bobby Tarantino mixtape trilogy. But the 32-year-old was publically critical of the label over the years, calling them out for not paying his collaborators and the way they handled his releases.
“@defjam can you please pay my friends and musicians that have made my albums great this is ridiculous at this point!” he said in October 2020. “I shouldn’t be getting calls from close friends of mine in the middle of dinner with my Wife about how YOU haven’t paid them from the budget you’ve given me for this album.”
“There’s a lot of bullshit in the music industry,” he said in a statement at the time. “I’m just glad to move on to a place where I can be independent and respected as an artist, and feel like I’m in control of my career.”