by Ben Morris
On May 5, Logic (Sir Robert Bryson Hall II) released his third studio album, titled “Everybody.” Logic, unlike many of today’s modern artists, crafts his work not to release hits, but to put together a story through multiple songs on an album. The stories of all three of his studio albums are intertwined, with “Everybody” serving as a sequel to his 2015 release “The Incredible True Story.” However, there is a strong difference between the two. Whereas “Story” served as a fun, futuristic story, “Everybody” focuses more on the problems in modern day society. Throughout the album, Logic discusses many issues including racism, suicide, and the stress that comes with being biracial. The album cover, painted by Sam Spratt, is very detailed and resembles da Vinci’s “Last Supper,” except there are a lot more people influencing Logic on the album than there were around Jesus.
The album opens with the upbeat song called “Hallelujah.” This first song serves as a positive beginning to the narrative, with the key phrases “open your mind,” and “music does not discriminate.” The song is very soulful and sets the precedent that the album is all about equality for everybody. Since Logic has always pushed the phrase “peace, love and positivity,” this song is a clear representation of that message. However, this song also serves as the introduction to the narrative aspect of the album. After the music stops, the main character Atom (portrayed by Big Von) is on the phone when he is apparently hit by a car and dies. After a semi-humorous discussion with an unknown figure (played by atheist Neil deGrasse Tyson) about what life is about, how Atom died, what his family is now doing, and how they are in a “waiting room,” Tyson’s character reveals himself to be God.
The second song, just like the album, is titled “Everybody.” The song was released as the first single from the album on March 31, making it Logic’s first release since his “Bobby Tarantino” mixtape was released last summer. The song feels like Logic’s real return with the opening lines “okay I was gone for a minute but I’m back now” and the beat seeming like one from his older albums. In the song, Logic raps about the struggles he had growing up biracial. From this, he speaks about how he is able to move past it and how everyone should be treated justly.
Later in the album, Logic released the song titled “1-800-273-8255.” The number, which is not directly stated in the song, is actually the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The track, featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid, was the third and final single from the album and was released on April 28. This track features a calmer and smoother melody as Logic utilizes his singing abilities over his rapping. Here, Logic sings from the perspective of someone struggling in their life and dealing with suicidal thoughts. However, by the end of the song, there is an uplifting, empowering change of thought.
The final track on the album is titled “AfricAryaN.” “AfricAryan” was actually the original title of the album and was meant to represent the rift between races Logic feels internally. However, after some backlash due to the use of the word “Aryan,” Logic changed the album name to “Everybody,” but still kept the title for the final track. The lengthy 12:08 minute song has three key features. For the first 7 and a half minutes, Logic raps truthfully about his bi-racial experiences. The second piece was a minute and a half segment with the characters Thomas and Kai (who were the focal point of “The Incredible True Story”) which picks up right where it left off in the last album. However, listeners were taken aback when Thomas states: “I’m cueing up the fourth album now, his final one.” Logic later explained that despite only having three studio albums and a mixtape, he has worked incredibly hard since he was a young teenager on plenty of other projects, and after his next album release, which should wrap up all the storylines, he is considering taking a break from music. Suddenly, a slow beat starts playing and rapper J. Cole begins to speak. This came as a huge surprise for fans, because even though he was painted on the album cover, Cole was not referenced in any of the features. In his verse, Cole seems to be offering advice to Logic, as Cole himself was a rapper who also dealt with being bi-racial. After Cole’s three minute segment, the album comes to a close.
“Everybody” is currently number one on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. This is Logic’s first time having an album in the number one position and the album sold around 247,000 units in the first week. On May 12, Logic announced the “Everybody” tour, which would feature Joey Bada$$ and Big Lenbo and take place throughout most of summer 2017. The tour makes its last stop in the United States in Chicago on August 24.