Logic has said that his latest album College Park can be compared to the likes of Eminem’s hit 2002 blockbuster, 8 Mile.
In a recent episode of STORY TIME, the Maryland rapper dished about the inspiration behind the album “that takes place in 2011 with me and all my homies” on their way to an open mic night in Washington D.C. and “the shenanigans they get in along the way.”
“It’s like 8 Mile, expect it’s an album,” he said, referencing the Curtis Hanson-directed film which follows a young Detroit rapper (Eminem) as he struggles with every aspect of his life, juggling relationships with friends and foes as he chases his dream of becoming a rap star.
“Expect it’s not B-Rabbit, it’s B-Racial,” he added, seemingly taking another swing at media personality Joe Budden, who previously begged the rapper to retire from music following his divisive singing cover of Ice Cube’s “It Was a Good Day.”
“It’s a good album and I think you guys are really going to like it,” he added, subtly promoting the release.
Later on during the episode, the “Sucker for Pain” lyricist turned his attention to RZA — revealing how he got the Wu-Tang Clan group member to feature on his song “Cruisin’ Through the Universe.”
“This is back when the fucking album was half rock and roll,” Logic said around the two-minute mark, “I was like, ‘Alright, let’s start it out with some weird shit. So the album starts really weird and different, but it’s cool, though, and then it’s like some weird vocally [André 3000], OutKast vibe. I’m rapping, then out of nowhere the RZA comes in and starts rapping about COVID.”
He continued: “So he’s rapping and I’m like, ‘Okay, what the fuck is this song?’ Then I’m like, ‘Oh my God, what if this song is a dream sequence in a day in the life of me and my homies in Compton … driving in 2011 to an open mic night? Then I get to get away with this really weird intro that’s dope as fuck and make it a dream about how Logic is waking up?”
After joking about how the concept was similar to the storyline of Kendrick Lamar’sgood kid, m.A.A.d city, Logic went on to say that the point is: College Park is a great project.
“I don’t know, man. Shit just happened and changed,” he said. “This shit is a masterpiece. College Park is crazy, bro. It’s special, man. It’s really dope.”
Released on February 24, College Park boasts a diverse and star-studded supporting cast that includes Joey Bada$$, Redman, Bun B, Norah Jones and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, among others.
The project marked Logic’s first independent album after severing ties with Def Jam in 2022. His final release on the label was Vinyl Days, which he revealed was recorded in just 12 days to accelerate his departure.
Up next, Logic is lated to hit the road alongside Juicy J as part of the College Park Tour, which kicks off in Madison, Wisconsin on May 25.
The pair will hit 22 cities across North America to include Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Houston, Atlanta, San Francisco and Los Angeles — before wrapping things up in Phoenix, Arizona on June 30.