Logic
The Incredible True Story


4.0
excellent

Review

by SPRFanOf5H2 USER (2 Reviews)
November 14th, 2015 | 83 replies


Release Date: 10/30/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Prepare for takeoff and launch.

After Logic's release of "Under Pressure", the Gaithersburg, Maryland rapper needed no more to reiterate the personal struggles of his life into one, inflated record. That had been essentially evident throughout his discography, whether in the "Young Sinatra" mixtapes or his debut album. But a change in direction was in store for him - he needed to bring that. If he wanted to continue sticking out and cruise beyond the dark, dirty sound that has been evident throughout his previous material, he needed to go into uncharted territory. That change meant the move towards more vibrant, pompous production with a twist and that's what you get in the lively concept "The Incredible True Story".

The difference in sound is prominent when you first turn up the first track, the roaring "Contact". The slow, almost vulnerable piano that started off "Under Pressure" is traded off for large, grandiose drums, emotive strings and gracing background vocals that creates excitement and anticipation for the ride ahead. It's like the main score for a blockbuster sci-fi film, and of course it is. That twist is that this has science fiction written over most of it, spaceship power ups, fuzzy space communication, artificial intelligence (featuring Dahlia once more), the whole spiel. This is meant to be an epic of big-beamed, cool sounds and gritty, smooth rapping from Logic which delivers in spades. It's a switch from the darker, street essence of his debut which featured stronger, raw lyrical content and production.

The refined, polished sound works in Logic's favor - charting him to more of a commercialized sound while not refraining from his creativity. The confidence booster in "Lord Willin'" awes as Logic bolsters the listener that you have it in yourself to make it, having the feeling of a Hoodie Allen-esque track because of the promising synths and cheerful yet emotive guitar. He even takes it back a little with a few references to previous content like "925" from his fourth mixtape. It creates a sense of empowerment that is rare for a Logic track, a refreshing reminder that he has more to the table than the hopeless, haunting content that we're used to. He even belts out his inner The Weeknd in the sparkling and spacey "City of Stars", delivering in surprising, elegant vocals in a R&B track filled with glistening strings and ominous background vocals that crowds the glossy atmosphere. The addition of more R&B-oriented material than from "Under Pressure" is a major plus, especially since he had a major hand in conjuring the production.

While he takes a minor yet much-needed reminder of his old sound with the mind-numbing, defining "Fade Away" and the grimy, braggadocio "I Am The Greatest" - "The Incredible True Story" gives Logic the face that felt concealed in his debut album. It was difficult to figure out his identity in his last outing where while he told his reiteration of his struggle - the distinction wasn't there. That factor has found itself and it results in one of the top rap albums of the year, giving Logic a refreshing, powerful sound he can call his own that fronts with his signature rhymes and strong lyrical basis. In the end of the thunderous "Contact", the leading voices of the concept interludes, "space cadet" William Kye bring ups to his "captain" Quentin Thomas on how this album "is the one that changed everything". While not to quite the scale as brought up, this one does change a lot about how we view the Maryland rapper and his place in hip-hop. His true colors come flying free like a bird who's found it in itself to fly. He didn't just elevate himself a bit, he ascended himself to more elite company in the business.


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SPRFanOf5H2
November 14th 2015


7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

57th review if you include my original account. Feedback, criticism and otherwise much appreciated.



Save my old account please. I hate my new accountšŸ˜‚

blackwatercity
November 14th 2015


16 Comments


This completely slipped under my radar, hopefully it's better than Under Pressure as you suggest. Good review, pos.

Negator
November 14th 2015


1531 Comments


"my story is true guys just look at the album title"

rufinthefury
November 15th 2015


3088 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

great review and great album. way, way better than Under Pressure. so many stand out tracks, City of Stars, Innermission, Young Jesus, etc.

Lord(e)Po)))ts
November 15th 2015


41011 Comments


is this less kendrick lamar than the last album ?

Digging: Amon Tobin - Fear In A Handful Of Dust

LotusFlower
November 15th 2015


12001 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I can vouch that this is less Kendrick than the last album, yes

Lord(e)Po)))ts
November 15th 2015


41011 Comments


k still not gonna check probably

rufinthefury
November 15th 2015


3088 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

it's really good. AND IT HAS STEVE BLUM THE GOD

LotusFlower
November 15th 2015


12001 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Probably for the better potsy, it aint nothing special.

rufinthefury
November 15th 2015


3088 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's not To Pimp A Butterfly but it is a solid album. It's easily top 5 hip hop for the year, better than Rocky or Joey Badass.

Archael
November 15th 2015


1163 Comments


This probs sucks hard

Lord(e)Po)))ts
November 15th 2015


41011 Comments


Album Rating: 3.5

It's not To Pimp A Butterfly but it is a solid album. It's easily top 5 hip hop for the year, better than Rocky or Joey Badass.


so its not as good as TPAB but its top 5 and the only things u have to compare it to other than that is being better than ASAP Rocky and Joey Badass

yet not a single one of the albums you mentioned come even close to being top 5 hip hop of the year

colour me unconvinced

SharkTooth
November 15th 2015


13954 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Little Simz hip-hop aoty tbh



still need to check the new ASAP tho

rufinthefury
November 15th 2015


3088 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

aint much good hip hop this year. Kendrick, Logic, Lupe, Gibbs, and Mick Jenkins are like the only good projects. everyone else was pretty mediocre or just plain dissapointing. Vince Staples was a let down, Earl was a letdown, Kanye didn't drop, ASAP was a letdown, etc.

SharkTooth
November 15th 2015


13954 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

check Little Simz dude

rufinthefury
November 15th 2015


3088 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Aight but this better be on some Jean Grae hard shit

rufinthefury
November 15th 2015


3088 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

okay this is dope.

LotusFlower
November 15th 2015


12001 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

You'll probably want to spin Dead Body by Lil Simz if you want some Jean Grae "hard shit"

Lord(e)Po)))ts
November 15th 2015


41011 Comments


aint much good hip hop this year. Kendrick, Logic, Lupe, Gibbs, and Mick Jenkins are like the only good projects.


omg lupe and gibbs releases this year have been awful and mick jenkins was a step down from his last LP too. just because u havent heard good hip hop this year doesnt mean its not there my young padawan. nothing uve named is even in that bracket. slum village, CanOx, little simz, Nick F & Shawn Kemp, georgia anne muldrow, dr. yen lo, theesatisfaction, the internet, shahmen, pyramid vritra, milo, earl, young troubled minds, tut, mello music group, moderator, drew dave, esbe, daye jack, clear soul forces, roots manuva, doppgang,prefuse, l'orange, scallops hotel, declaime, abstract rude, wati heru, the list of shit way better than any of that is long and deep.

Lord(e)Po)))ts
November 15th 2015


41011 Comments


year has been great for hip hop, beats, and hip hop based soul



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