To conclude a short yet sweet music career, Logic has released his sixth and final album No Pressure. The Maryland lyricist tweeted about the project earlier in July alongside the announcement of his retirement. 

Logic has been an influential name in the game beginning with his 2014 debut album, Under Pressure. Since then he has released a project every year, including mixtapes, full albums and even a soundtrack for his novel “Supermarket.” Despite his almost manic productivity, Logic’s discography reminds rap fans that quantity does not always mean quality. While his more authentic, self-driven projects like The Incredible True Story or YSIV are excellent displays of talent, other albums like Confessions of a Dangerous Mind or Everybody can get a little preachy and repetitive.

 

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On No Pressure, Logic concludes his rap career by paying homage to the great artists that influenced his creativity and music. His sampling of songs and styles honors both genre legends like Outkast and modern trendsetters like Kendrick Lamar, people who Logic has cited as inspiration in the past. He takes wisdom from his mentors and peers, saying goodbye to rap by showing his love for hip-hop history. 

In order to enjoy No Pressure to its fullest, we’re diving into Logic’s nuanced production and the artists that inspire him. Dissecting each sample, style and sound, we put together a playlist of the tracks that feed Logic’s wisdom and creativity. If you stan Logic’s new album, these songs will help you understand his tip-of-the-cap to hip-hop and his heroes. 

 

 


 

Logic - Mac Miller

If you like Logic’s “Hit My Line”, listen to Mac Miller’s “Red Dot Music”

On “Hit My Line,” Logic’s lyricism and breathless bars push forward over a percussive piano and deep, almost distorted bass. Sampling the heavy, jazz drums of Head West’s Attention, Logic takes a page from Mac Miller’s “Red Dot Music,” making a loud, ever-expanding song that kicks off the album with gusto. Both songs also focus on embracing the criticism that comes with fame and being one’s true self. Whether through Mac Miller’s woeful rhymes or Logic’s unabashed bombardment, let these talented musicians share their struggles with you.

 

 


 

Logic - outkast

If you like Logic’s “GP4”, listen to Outkast’s “Elevators”

Logic channels his inner André 3000 and raps over a remixed classic. “GP4” is made with a slightly edited version of Outkast’s “Elevators (Me & You)” and has a similar twisting tell-all sound. Logic’s rapid rhythm fits well over the beat, though it is near impossible to match the storytelling talent of André 3000 and Big Boi. While Outkast raps about Cadillacs and the come-up on “Elevators,” here Logic shouts out rap pioneers, referencing The Notorious B.I.G., Erykah Badu and others throughout the song. Take a listen to the eerie slow jazz beat, because if it’s good enough for Outkast, it’s good enough for this playlist.

 

 


 

Kanye West

If you like Logic’s “Celebration”, listen to Kanye West’s “Celebration”

Both Logic and Kanye make it clear, “You know what this is / it’s a celebration b*tches.” Soulful and reflective, Logic’s “Celebration” mimics Kanye West’s early discography, whose own “Celebration” sits proudly on his second album, Late Registration. The songs feature simplistic, unedited choruses and uplifting melodies that bring that feel-good flair to happy hip-hop. Logic, on one hand, reflects on his experiences fighting critics and his celebrity status, celebrating his freedom from the world’s judgement. Kanye, on the other hand, simply celebrates his success and reasons to smile. However, both beats bounce like early Kanye and are full of that rebellious, College Dropout sentiment.

 

 


 

The Roots

If you like Logic’s “Open Mic\\Aquarius III”, listen to The Roots’ “A Peace Of Light”

On “Open Mic / Aquarius III” Logic calls upon hip-hop and jazz pioneers The Roots for jazzy production, soft drums, and smooth inspiration. The song directly samples “A Peace of Light” by the legendary Philadelphia band. The vocals and soothing key allow Logic to flow reflectively and poignantly, and he begins to sound like his old self. However, he is not the first rapper to work with and learn from The Roots. Kendrick Lamar consistently samples them as well, and even used “A Peace of Light” in his 2010 song, “The Heart Pt. 2.” Unfortunately, none of “The Heart Pt. 1-4” songs are on streaming services, but you can still enjoy the jazzy joints of “A Peace of Light” and “Open Mic / Aquarius III.”

 

 


 

Lupe Fiasco

If you like Logic’s “Soul Food II”, listen to Lupe Fiasco’s “Gold Watch”

Soul Food II” is one of Logic’s best performances on No Pressure. The first half of the song is an honest ramble of rhymes that is reminiscent of early Logic, sounding as if it fits in the middle of The Incredible True Story. Meanwhile, the second half switches up to a more lo-fi sound, sampled from a blues song by The Propositions which Lupe Fiasco also chops up on his song “Gold Watch.” Lupe’s light, bright lines center around why he loves himself, “I am American mentally with Japanese tendencies, Parisian sensibility.” Logic’s lyricism also describes why he loves himself, rapping about his second album and his own incredible story from Southeast DC to superstar. If you need some wholesome food for both thought and soul, check out these two terrific tracks.

 

 


 

A$AP Rocky

If you like Logic’s “Perfect”, listen to A$AP Rocky’s “Babushka Boi”

Perfect” is Logic’s own way of saying “more cowbell.” The song features a bouncy, beat and repetitive use of Street Fighter II sound effects. Though creative, “Perfect” is not exactly unique in its use of strangely-tuned bells and chimes. A$AP Rocky’s 2019 track “Babushka Boi” has the same bounce and braggadocio while featuring a similar cowbell clanking around in the background.” If you need a percussive pick-me-up or a little pep in your step, listen to Logic’s “Perfect” and A$AP Rocky’s “Babushka Boi.”

 

 


 

Noname

If you like Logic’s “DadBod”, listen to Noname’s “Diddy Bop”

Dadbod” is a luscious, laid back song on which Logic talks about his transforming life. He covers how everything, from his mental illnesses to buying underwear, is different now. His life has a new meaning, not rap, not money, but a “Little Bobby.” However, the casually reflective bars and wavy lo-fi synths emit such strong Noname vibes, you might catch yourself preparing for her soft yet slicing rhymes to pop in at any moment. Noname’s “Diddy Bop” is quite similar sonically to “Dadbod,” yet her lyrics are full of warm summertime shine and innocent happiness. As Noname reflects on her own childhood, Logic prepares to shape his son’s.

 

 


 

Tyler the Creator

If you like Logic’s “Amen”, listen to Tyler, The Creator’s “EARFQUAKE”

Logic has honored those who came before him and shown respect to those by his side. Now, he turns to the next generation, specifically Tyler, The Creator, to encourage new creativity and a fresh vision. “Amen” features Logic looking hopefully to the future and leaving behind a troublesome past. The crescendoing beat and eventual bass drop reflects Tyler’s signature style on songs like “EARFQUAKE” and “Who Dat Boy.” Unsurprisingly,  the underlying blues piano riff is sampled from a clip of the “IGOR” rapper playing “EARFQUAKE” on his home piano. Logic knows he is leaving bad days for better ones and shows his fans that the future of hip-hop is in good hands.

 

 


 

Logic has had his ups and downs throughout his influential career, but his music stands as creative and inspiring for many at the end of the day. No Pressure presents a refined, matured Logic who is ready to walk away from rap but still wants to honor his mentors and colleagues with one final album. Listening to and learning from his peers, Logic ends his tenure in rap among those he always looked up to.