BY DREW LACOUTURE
Maryland’s MC Logic’s sophomore album is his stab at a concept album and though it is satisfactory, Logic is the least interesting part of it.
Through his numerous mix tapes and debut album “Under Pressure,” Logic has been acclaimed for his world play and conscious messages. So when it was announced that he was making an album about space, the fan’s hype thrusters went into full throttle. After multiple listens, it is clear that there is a gap between most of Logic’s lyrics and the narrative.
The story is told mostly through skits and stars two astronauts named Quentin Thomas and William Kai. The two are traveling in a space ship looking for a planet called Paradise because the human race destroyed Earth decades earlier (if this plot sounds like Interstellar, it is because it is pretty identical).
On the beautiful opener “Contact,” the two agree to listen to Logic’s second album which in their time is considered an ‘oldie. Not only are the skits well done, they are funny too.
Logic comes through but he does not follow through on this album. His flow remains top notch and really does spit a ton for the listener to absorb.
However, he discusses what he has talked about on past projects like his fame (“Upgraded”), his past (“Never Been”) and his rivals (“I am the Greatest”) and this made this listening a little bit frustrated. On top of that, most of the songs have little to no ties with the space theme. It is very easy for a listener to forget that this is a “space adventure” until a skit sneaks up.
There are several tracks that do make the concept seem real and where Logic really delivers some interesting material.
Kanye West comparisons aside, “City of Lights” is a darn compelling track that feels epic. The lyric “I love Hip Hop and I hate Hip Hop/ Cause people that love Pac hope that Drake get shot/Cause he raps about money and bitches/for heaven’s sake, Pac did the same shit, just on a drum break,” was insane.
The closer “The Incredible True Story” is easily the best track because: One, they got a real band to perform the instrumental, two the speech used in the middle of the track was awesome and third, the final dialogue between Thomas and Kai was hilarious.
“Immersion” is also a spectacular track. Logic kind of connects to the adventure (“Sometimes I fantasize about traveling space and time/I think about specific moments that I could rewind”) and the interview between the adult and the child about space was cute. Up until this track, it is the only track with a good chorus thanks to Lucy Rose and the production sounds like A Tribe Called Quest.
Speaking of production, the samples, beats, transitions and the overall sound of the music is phenomenal. Logic, 6ix and all of the other producers really did some work on this album. There are so many little, musical details that just are not present anymore in most Hip-Hop and they really should release an instrumental version of the album.
The chill “Like Woah,” the two spacious and bass heavy beats on “Paradise” and the boom bap drums on “Young Jesus” really elevate Logic and the album. If Logic’s lyrics do not create the science fiction experience, then the instrumentals will at least bring you halfway there. The instrumental on “Stainless” is incredibly trendy plus some of the choruses/breaks are boring.
Logic is not facing a sophomore slump, but the skits and production are the most enjoyable pieces of this album. This is a case of quality over quantity because he says a lot, but not much is really an engaging or new as his past work. Logic is an artist that is capable of creating such a project as it shows in the music and skits.
The elements are all there but the massive separation of Logic and the music keep “The Incredible True Story” from being a great album instead being a good one.
The Flyer gives “The Incredible True Story” by Logic a 6/10.