The End of the Young Sinatra Series
By Monsetratt Castillo
American rapper Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, better known as Logic, kept his fans on their toes by misleadingly announcing the end of an era when he releases his fourth and final album, “Ultra 85.” After seven years in the rap community, Logic was anticipated to give up his musical career to be a family man. However, Logic then tweeted “WE GOT MUSIC!!!!!! 80 unreleased songs, 7 projects…” Although it is unknown if these are all his songs or projects with other artists, Logic’s career is not ending anytime soon. This lead up to the big release of "YSIV".
"YSIV" consists of 14 songs featuring the Wu Tang Clan, Jaden Smith, Wale and more.
His first song, "Thank You" starts off with an introduction. Two men are walking alone and finished playing the third Young Sinatra album. One of the men complains about how long the walk is, and asks if there was any more good music to listen to. At this point, the other man mentions "YSIV", describing it as Logic’s fourth and “final" album. The other man, confused, says “what the (expletive) are you talking about, he has like a million albums.” The other one clears it up by saying it is Logic’s final Young Sinatra album, meaning there are more albums to come. This short introduction is Logic’s way of saying that he lied. His career is not coming to an end, but the Young Sinatra series is. This clever way of starting off his album has his fans more than relieved.
One of Logic’s greatest accomplishments with his new album is his song “Wu Tang Forever.” The Wu Tang Clan is an American hip hop group composed of about 10 members that started in the 1990s. They are a prestigious group with one platinum and four gold albums. Logic’s collaboration with them is history in the making. The song was a lengthy 8 minutes, but does not disappoint. Each member of the group is featured, and more than demonstrates each rapper’s talent.
Along with Logic’s great collaborations, the artist writes songs that revolve around violence and struggle. The song "YSIV" is about struggles he has experienced throughout his childhood, and is a motivational speech that runs down Logic’s troubled life to his achievements and motivation. “Here come the cops, they saw the gun and blew them both away. Now there’s two more kids dead in the street, all before 20,” is one of many lyrics from the song that portray the struggles of poverty, homelessness, and drug addiction that happens everyday across the United States. Logic ends the song by dedicating his accomplishments to Mac Miller, stating “Mac showed me that I could do it all on my own.” Mac Miller was a rapper who recently passed, and Logic dedicating this album to him shines some light on Miller’s career.
"Last Call" is the album’s last long. Logic describes the abuse he dealt with at home, but mentions how he never turned to drugs. The message of this song is to explain to those who are troubled that there will always be a way out. For Logic, the way out was through rap. However, Logic explains how rap not only gave him money, but also knowledge to apply later in his life. After becoming famous, his family members turned to him for money. Logic then begins to explain how knowledge is more important than money by saying “I ain’t dropping stacks I’m dropping knowledge, unless it’s for my niece and nephews to go to college.” Logic then gives a small speech thanking and motivating his fans. A great ending to a great album.