It is not very common to see people realize their dreams right before your eyes. In his large estate, Logic is reacting to the news that he received earlier in the day. His second album, The Incredible True Story, is projected to sell more than 130,000 units, which means that he will have his first number one album on the Billboard Hip-Hop/R&B Albums chart.
This was done without tons of airplay, a lack of strong promotion. No gimmicks, no one co-signing and with no celebrity girlfriend on his arm. He is on the Def Jam label, and he has the rare distinction of being a beloved underground artist and a mainstream star simultaneously. While his fans include Rick Rubin, RZA, and Nas, he can walk into the supermarket without anyone noticing him.
The Maryland-based rapper reclined on his new couch while discussing how streaming and technology allow underground artists to be just as popular as mainstream ones.
He moved into his seven-figure home several months ago from a basic home that was located in the Valley. His home has a pool and a balcony that overlooks the Santa Monica Mountains, which are still green despite the fact that it is autumn. This is the kind of view that makes people feel as if they have truly made it as they yell and disturb all of the neighbors.
Logic, whose birth name is Sir Robert Hall II, mentions Jay-Z when he says “Men lie, women lie, numbers don’t.” He asks if you would rather have people know your name and hit the charts without selling countless units, or if you would rather people not notice you are there at all.
His life story is like an urban version of the film Slumdog Millionaire. He was raised in publicly-funded housing by parents who abused substances and fought all of the time. He fell in love with rap after hearing Wu-Tang Clan on the soundtrack for the film Kill Bill.
After leaving high school before graduating, he worked at random jobs and lived with the family of a friend who is now behind bars. He also spent time sleeping on the couch of friend and collaborator Big Lenbo.
The duo was discovered by Chris Zarou, Logic’s manager and they managed to build a solid fan base by creating mixtapes that showed off Logic’s technical skills and his love for gritty rappers of the 1990s. His audience identified with him due to the biracial artist’s backstory and his search for his true self.
When he was asked about the message he is trying to convey to others, he simply stated, “Peace, love and positivity.” Logic mentions the fact that his fans describe how they are loyal because they like his music, and he sees that as secondary to who he is and the message he is trying to convey. He stressed how important it was to stay true to oneself and reach for your dreams.
He admits that this may sound cliche, but this is how he views hip-hop. After spending a short time with Logic, his attitude, and sincere manner will certainly win you over. Everything he has learned stems from a less than perfect past. He does not drink or smoke but is not one of those who abstain and are viewed as a zealot. At the ripe age of 25, he is wealthy, famous and married – this is how he wants to stay.
This may seem like a corny story, but in a world that is filled with racism and violence, it is nice to stop being skeptical for a moment and celebrate the accomplishments of someone who worked hard to get where they are without compromising who they are.
Logic would love to get back to recording, but seemingly endless interviews and a cross-country tour have him far too worn out. This is his time to shine. He is smart enough to like back and enjoy it.
Logic is happy to have a wife, a dog and the ability to make music. He says that when he was younger, he told himself that making it was the only option, and he has done that. He says that even after waking up and realizing he made it, he thinks about how much harder he will have to work tomorrow.