Logic has revealed that College Park was initially conceived as rock record inspired by André 3000.
The Maryland rapper spoke about his latest album in a video posted to his YouTube channel on Thursday (March 23), in which he broke down how he got RZA 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 boasted a diverse and star-studded supporting cast that included Joey Bada$$, Redman, Bun B, Norah Jones and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, among others.
The project marked Logic’s first independent album after he severed 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.
Logic will also soon be taking his indie album on the road, with Juicy J in tow. The “1995” collaborators will hit the road as part of the College Park Tour, which kicks off in Madison, Wisconsin on May 25.
The pair will swing through a further 22 cities across North America — including Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Houston, Atlanta, San Francisco and Los Angeles — before wrapping things up in Phoenix, Arizona on June 30.