Logic
Bobby Tarantino


3.0
good

Review

by RaymondPelayo USER (36 Reviews)
July 9th, 2016 | 31 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Logic excites with new mixtape

This is very much a fan-oriented project. Logic in the past couple years has proven himself to be one of hip-hop’s formidable talents, buckling traditional mainstream success in exchange for more structured albums. With Bobby Tarantino, Logic’s surprise new mixtape, the concept driven blueprint of his last two albums is largely abandoned in favor of a more trap heavy, bombastic sound. Unlike past efforts where listeners would dissect detailed narratives, Logic lets his fans sit back and enjoy the atmosphere.

Not since the Young Sinatra series has Logic released a mixtape and like them, Bobby Tarantino feels light-hearted and incredibly fun. Sure there are emotional asides and ruminations on fame, his own unflinching ambition, overcoming tribulations etc etc. You know, the usual subject matter with the same overly generic self-mythology one spins when they find success. This mixtape however is more interested in untethering Logic’s own large personality, letting it loom over each track and taking pride in his boasts rather than deep narratives.

The best moments on this tape are the ones that feel meant to be played at maximum volume and allow the listener to revel in simple, catchy hooks, in your-face delivery and flow technique. This is all done without losing total lyrical credibility though or lapsing into whiny deprivations over the state of hip-hop. It goes to show that style over substance can still be a little artistic.

At its start, Bobby Tarantino opens with the three -track sequence “Flexicution,” “The Jam” and “Slave II,” all god-level hype songs to jam out to. Each one posesses Logic’s rapid-fire delivery as he boasts about his position in the rap game and detracts those who doubt his longevity despite his success. “The Jam” features an auto-tune sung hook by Logic, which shouldn’t work but surprisingly does. “Slave II” is especially a stand-out track. Here he raps over a portion of Bryson Tiller’s “Rambo” (originally the mixtape was meant to be Logic rapping over other artists’ beats but his label put a red-light on that idea). Logic glides softly over foreboding synths and a glimmering atmosphere in the first half of the song until spazzing out with a great burst of energy in the second half.

Production on “44 Bars” is beautifully orchestrated. Angelic interpolations from Barry Levington’s “The Vibe Is Right” provide an underlying surge of emotional atmosphere to the song. Those closing moments you hear only a fading of that sample and wish it can last a little longer. While those small details may be intoxicating to hear, I have to admit as a touristic listener I was more intrigued with the beat than Logic’s rapping even with the ardent subject matter on ambition and dedication. In all honesty, I appreciate Logic’s effort instead of him simply saying eff it and trying to make a wannabe trap album.

However, despite that effort the main problem with this mixtape is plenty of it relies too much on its own braggadocio and atmosphere. This would have hindered my enjoyment of this project if Logic had not been keenly aware of this. On “Super Mario World” right after Logic reprises the hook for “Flexicution” (“oh my god”), someone in the background humorously yells out “that’s gonna be the hook right there!” Logic understands the often formulaic dynamics of pop-rap yet he also understands how fun they can be. Instead of fully immersing himself into that sound, he instead opted for his own brand of pop-rap. But does that make for an exciting new musical concoction or original voice" Of course not. A majority of Bobby Tarantino’s soundscape is not unique but it does make for one enjoyable listen.

In the rapper’s own words, Bobby Tarantino “is something to have fun with over summer.” Its surprise drop onto streaming services clearly a gift to his fans, not to convert any potential disciples. Certainly not his best project but for those hardcore listeners this record will definitely hold them over until the next album lands. For the rest of us, Bobby Tarantino goes in some interesting directions and if given the chance, is worth the ride.



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LotusFlower
July 9th 2016


12001 Comments


"Logic in the past couple years has proven himself to be one of hip-hop’s formidable talents, buckling traditional mainstream success in exchange for more structured albums"

hmmmmm.

Also when you italicize in your review, dont forget to make the second bracket a [/i] instead of an [i]

iloveyouall
July 9th 2016


6319 Comments


"Logic excites"
hahahHahahahHahHahahhHaAHahaa

TheMrAlexK
July 9th 2016


10646 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

>"Review Summary: Logic excites with new mixtape"



>3.0 good



Also, what is it with some Logic fans thinking Logic is some underground rapper when his last album sold almost 200k?

PumpBoffBag
July 10th 2016


933 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I love Logic but this is definitely one of his weaker efforts

Keyblade
July 10th 2016


26473 Comments


"Also, what is it with some Logic fans thinking Logic is some underground rapper when his last album sold almost 200k?"

makes them feel like they've uncovered a gem who's better than all those mainstream rappers despite the fact that he's pretty mainstream and bites all of those rappers they hate anyway lmao

jjbarrett16
July 11th 2016


4 Comments


"Also, what is it with some Logic fans thinking Logic is some underground rapper when his last album sold almost 200k?"
Logic has entered the mainstream but before his debut album I would have consider him an undiscovered "gem" who made four mixtapes that were lyrically genius imo. His underground fans helped get him to the level where he could sign to a major label and sell 100k in the first week. A couple of years ago none of my friends had heard of Logic and now I get texts asking if I have heard Flexicution. When I first heard that song I hated it to be honest and thought he was selling out and ripping off Drake with the "oh god's". After replaying the whole album I got Logic's angle. This was just for fun. The mixtape in a way pokes fun at the mainstream with the braggadocious lyrics over trap beats. Not Logics traditional style but "mainstream" listeners are eating it up calling it fire. I can bob my head and "get blunted" to this while I wait for his next album. Listen to "studio ambience at night: Malibu" for a preview. On "The Jam" he even says "fuck around with this trap shit but this next albums a (w)rap, shit". If you haven't heard his "underground" mixtapes I recommend you check those out too

LotusFlower
July 11th 2016


12001 Comments


"The mixtape in a way pokes fun at the mainstream with the braggadocious lyrics over trap beats. "

thats what i call lil dicky levels of pretentious

Keyblade
July 12th 2016


26473 Comments


so basically this is mainstream rap u can enjoy without compromising ur integrity lol

LotusFlower
July 12th 2016


12001 Comments


its not like that OTHER rap music thats all about the drugs, sex, and partying. Its DEEP and has SOUL!

TheMrAlexK
July 12th 2016


10646 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It annoys the fuck out of me when people use that as reasoning for why they like Logic, as if he is changing the genre by not rapping about that shit, and he's the first ever to do it. And how is creating a concept/story album that takes place in space deep on any level at all?

torts
July 12th 2016


4300 Comments


yea I play call of duty my favorite youtuber is faze rain

LotusFlower
July 12th 2016


12001 Comments


"It annoys the fuck out of me when people use that as reasoning for why they like Logic, as if he is changing the genre by not rapping about that shit, and he's the first ever to do it. And how is creating a concept/story album that takes place in space deep on any level at all?"

People also undermine a lot the cultural significance of rap music with that really dismissive attitude of it not having soul for being all about "drugs, money, sex" which for the most part is a terrible generalization of the entire genre. A lot of it can easily relate to the artist's upbringing, their ideals vs a "society against them" like a lot of 90s rap was thematically rooted in, or simply thats their lifestyle who gives a damn?

People who make those comments then turn around and praise people like Hopsin or Logic or Eminem just rub off as either super lazy and should never open their mouth or completely racist even if they aren't meaning it. Its an insufferable lot for sure, especially when people praise Logic for being profound when he's ripping off Kendrick and Drake 80% of the time.

Keyblade
July 12th 2016


26473 Comments


it's the same people who have no problem with lyrics about drugs and sex in other genres like rock. it's lowkey racism, especially since it's always a white rapper they champion as 'breaking the mold'. i side-eye anybody who uses the drugs and money line

the comment section for that song that rips off Still Here is pretty hilarious. apart from the corny "this is fire" lines, any mention of Drake has his fans frothing at the mouth. they dont even want to fathom the idea that their favorite rapper wishes he was all these rappers they hate lol

jjbarrett16
July 13th 2016


4 Comments


I think the difference is that Logic doesn't do/sell drugs like a lot of other rappers in the game and this to some is like a breath of fresh air. He still raps about it because it affected his childhood but he has to tell the story from a different perspective which is part of why I love his music. On Wrist he tells the story from the viewpoint of a Colombian drug dealer, on Under Pressure he raps from the eyes of his dad/sister. He's been doing conceptually different stuff like this since his very first mixtape. I agree that a conceptual space album isn't necessarily "deep," but it does show off his personality and interests which are quite unique. How many other rappers are writing albums about space and super mario world? To say that he rips off Kendrick and Drake 80% of the time is pretty ridiculous as I would say Logic has always been an individual who makes new and creative music. However, he is entering the mainstream and as he clearly established on his last mixtape he is also out to make money and prove he's one of the best. For someone who only listens to radio hip/hop (i.e. rappers like Kendrick and Drake), the sound of songs like Flexicution and I Am The Greatest which take a note from Drake's hard hitting bass and intonation offers a familiar sounding track. That same familiar sound under the new brand "Logic" have people who mainly listen to mainstream hip/hop commenting "this is fire." I prefer songs like 44 Bars where he showcases his lyrical ability but I understand that to expand his following and grow his name he needs to make music that appeals to more than underground hip/hop heads. I think the whole point of the last mixtape was to say "hey look I am on a sold out world tour and can still throw together a mixtape FOR FREE that sounds like the mainstream turnup songs that Drake takes months to put together and profits enormously from." The whole mixtape is laced with this message about how he's just fucking around with the trap shit.

StarlessCore
July 13th 2016


5857 Comments


subject matter isnt the point, kid is just bland, unoriginal, not a good rapper/lyricist, sucks really

Digging: Chief Keef - The Leek 7

Keyblade
July 13th 2016


26473 Comments


""hey look I am on a sold out world tour and can still throw together a mixtape FOR FREE that sounds like the mainstream turnup songs that Drake takes months to put together and profits enormously from." The whole mixtape is laced with this message about how he's just fucking around with the trap shit."

wow he's even more insufferable than i thought

StarlessCore
July 13th 2016


5857 Comments


yea, this dude and his fanbase are atrocious and the kids I meet that argue how good he is because they compare him to the other 3 rappers theyve heard who normally consist of drake future and lil uzi vert

LotusFlower
July 13th 2016


12001 Comments


wait who is lil uzi vert?

StarlessCore
July 13th 2016


5857 Comments


a bad rapper

LotusFlower
July 13th 2016


12001 Comments


oh, that explains why i havent heard of him



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