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QUICKSPINS: Logic – YSIV

by Immanuel Matthews October 16, 2018
QUICKSPINS: Logic – YSIV
In his most recent project, Maryland rapper Logic, one of the most frequently joked about hip hop artists, reminds everyone how he got famous in the first place: spitting bars.

YSIV is Logic’s fourth studio album and fourth project in his Young Sinatra series. First brought to the public with his mixtape of the same title in 2011, the four-part series features the Def Jam rapper’s alter ego, Young Sinatra, which pays tribute to one of his biggest influences, Frank Sinatra.

In the 14-track project, he returns to the musical sound that grew his fan base to one of the most loyal ones in hip hop today. The unmistakable old school boom-bap beats throughout YSIV are sure to inject any hip hop-head with major nostalgia.

Logic uses the album as a way to sway slightly off the path of his most recent pop-friendly musical releases, like his hit song “1-800-273-8255.” From discussing his trials and tribulations during the beginning of his musical career to his achievements and growth, he uses YSIV as a reminder to all hip hop fans of his often-ignored rapping abilities.

Spitting deep-hitting bars throughout the album, as well as Eminem-esque ultra-fast flows on songs like “100 Miles & Running” and “Iconic,” Logic refuses to let anyone put down his album without experiencing his lyrical arsenal.

From the Wu Tang Clan reunion on “Wu Tang Forever” to the 13th track “Iconic” featuring Jaden Smith, YSIV is an entertaining, old-school style hip hop album with noteworthy guests and top-notch production.

 

8/10

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