Logic, one of the most prevalent rappers – is extremely over-hated

(“Independent Bob” from @ryanjayphoto on Instagram)

(“Independent Bob” from @ryanjayphoto on Instagram)

Bryce Barnett, Staff Writer

For as long as I can remember, Logic (real name Robert Hall) has been the forefront of my music playlists. He has the most songs added to my Musi playlist, and for his new album, College Park, which takes place in the year 2011, has been non-stop in my plays.

Take that album, and first independent album, when debated with most hip-hop fans, is an amazing and outstanding album highlighting Logic’s struggle and strife in the slums of Maryland; when rapping on car-blamming boom bap beats and many rhyme schemes, he is storytelling and expressing the uprising of his struggle, by his rhythmic psych, at a time when rap is starting to decline.

In general, Logic has embedded his name in rap. From 2010, where he started his journey of these boom-bap beats and rapping about the prejudice he faces, his strafing childhood, the reasons why he raps, which altered the course of my playlists, transforming a playlist full of jarring gibberish with no lyrical meaning to it, to constant albums from Hall.

But – he is still hated to this day, mainly by most of the rap community.

The image of Logic (Robert Hall), and plentitudes of what he raps about is slandered to the fullest, rather than the gritty, malicious gangster rap genre. One of these prime examples, being the constant criticism of mentioning his biracialism.

The Maryland rapper was born to a black father and a white mother – and seems to constantly mention that upbringing in multitudes of his songs.

To me personally, it’s not a irritant, considering that Logic faced prejudice while growing up in Maryland because of his racial upbringing.

Going back to Hall’s adolescence, many people provoked heavy judgement on him because of his biracialism.

“I’m just kinda here to say, like, who is anybody else to tell me who I am or what I’ve gone through or what I haven’t gone through? I’ve experienced a lot of really f***ing terrible things as a child.”(Logic, an interview with Genius, March 2018)

The media feels different. Most of the media believes as the Maryland rapper is trying to prove that he is black and his usual usage of the “n-word”, which is where the hate kind of roots.

It doesn’t feel justified to tell someone “Who they are” because of the life given and them being comfortable enough to capitalize on that struggle and build it into something positive for the world to unfortunately despise and jeer at.

And I feel as if that is petty, because other than that, the only other hate that can be projected on Logic is his “corny” bars and the negative interpretation of his bars.

Logic is talented in many other ways that kind of overshadow all this malignant hate towards his songs, upbringing, and his decisions in rap and how he carries himself.

Five years ago, Logic released his soundtrack album Supermarket and a novel that was added to it.

In this novel entails the protagonist, a man named Flynn, who is depressed and living with his mother after his girlfriend broke up with him.

In response, he tries to bring himself out of a negative mindset by applying for a job as a clerk at a local supermarket.

Barely optimistic about hoping if this will shadow the rest of his life, Flynn one day arrives to work in the middle of a crime scene.

His world collapses as Flynn’s spirals into a tortured mind and the secrecy of his true self is revealed.

The novel received huge praise from many readers and was a huge accomplishment, considering that not that many rappers can capitalize on multitasking and achieve something like this.

Although Logic still receives hate, even after a retirement, even after multiple albums, even after spreading his motto – peace, love and positivity, he is still over-hated.