Reflecting on Logic’s departure from music in his final album
Exploring “No Pressure” to understand his reasons for leaving the rap game
While much of Logic’s discography has been a disappointment for me, his new confidence through leaving music has been important in shaping much of his future as a father. I find that his new project “No Pressure” encapsulates that confidence, and proves to be an impactful ending to Logic’s stay in the rap game.
“No Pressure” is Logic’s sixth and final studio album, a spiritual successor to his first studio album “Under Pressure,” containing many songs that directly reference songs on his debut record. “No Pressure” is a strange album. While it represents a change in Logic’s life from being a rapper to a father, it manages to retain Logic’s old charisma and witty bars previously shown in records like “Under Pressure.” It illuminates Logic in the most organic light possible, concise with its themes and ideas. For the first time in his music, he came off as more genuine –– he was being truthful about his struggles, emotions and his beliefs. Due to this, I began to appreciate Logic’s struggles more and came to empathize with his emotions.
“Open Mic//Aquarius III”
The song starts off with a performer named Mr. Hall, Logic’s surname, being announced in a jazz bar, leading to a simple drum and hi-hat beat with a female voice sample laced over it. Logic’s flow is fast and aggressive, but very controlled in his setting.
His voice in this song seems more real, as the audio distorts the sound of his voice. Yet he aggressively taps down his Ts and Ps, making his voice sound like an open mic performance, further immersing the listener into his story.
He raps about his mother having an addiction to drugs while pregnant. He talks about almost being taken away to a group home and making and dealing cocaine with his brother. He then compares his current life to his previous one, and surprisingly makes the bold statement of his current circumstances being almost worse than his turbulent childhood.
Unlike his other productions, he compares his new life as a father with fame to his childhood, saying that fame brought forth harder challenges than his childhood. He also compares his childhood with his son’s, and reaches to go beyond for his family than his mother did.
Why did this song stand out to me? I wanted to say it was the clean flows and the beats — but really, it was the lyricism and heart of the track that made me appreciate Logic’s tone of finality more. His bars about providing the best for his child reminded me of the feeling of moving on, proving much about the themes and messages of the album.
Even beyond that, the song showed a certain sadness in Logic that I didn’t realize would be so fleshed out by the end of the record in this album. After his self destructive behavior over critics noting him as one of the worst rappers of all time, it caught me off-guard to see his character development, from being destroyed by hate on the internet to suddenly becoming a loving father.
This track’s importance and concision sets it apart, and demonstrates an old-school Logic that displays the significance of his work.Logic explains his true feelings about being famous, which were shown throughout this song. The message is further solidified in an interview clip where Logic says:
After watching this clip, I began to understand more about his initial feelings toward fame and money. He mentions the hardships that come with fame and celebrity life, which further emphasizes the themes presented in the song. It felt more impactful, because he mentioned that he at least felt like he was someone to the people around him when he was dealing cocaine, while his current situation makes the perception of him one-dimensional.
As the album progressed, Logic’s story really felt like it was ending. He was retiring from music, but this album gave me the impression that he was in a better place than before, and that his retirement may be a positive. “DadBod” is a cute song about Logic taking care of his new child, comparing it to his childhood. He seems sure of himself and his ideas, and he is finally truthful to himself and his fans.
In this song, Logic touches on how fans dig into his personal life. He goes into detail about his life with his son, daily chores and his experiences with touring. He digs into simple complaints like how the hotels he stays at have “sh*tty WiFi,” a basic issue that turns the preachy Logic back into a simple, relatable human. The song is charming, making you laugh through its witty and realistic nature, full of attitude and charisma.
This album is not about Logic’s departure from music — it is about him finding what he truly loves, whether it be with his kids or his fans. It’s about him unraveling his perspective on his goals, and his lack of enjoyment in rapping for the masses. For him, happiness had always meant releasing mixtapes in his basement rather than becoming a wealthy artist. This track solidifies this in an intelligent way.
“Heard ‘Em Say”
“Heard ‘Em Say” is Logic’s emotional change. It exhibits rising action— from loving what people say about him to just loving himself. The sample and beat make the song feel like a celebratory end credit sequence, with a hopeful set of synths and vocals.
The beat drives Logic’s passion to grow up and move on from his past life. It invokes a sense of nostalgia, reminding everyone of his success and how he touched and was touched by everyone he met. This is the song that makes it truly feel like the end –– the kid selling cocaine in the streets has grown into a father vigilantly following his duties as the protector of his child. From questioning his self worth and identity, he blossoms into someone with true passion and purpose in his life.
“No Pressure” helped me understand Logic — the album felt as though it was made solely for himself. As he moves on to a new chapter in his life, the album serves as a commandment of sorts, providing reasons for his departure. This album connected to me because it showed honesty in such an organic way. It didn’t force emotion; it presented it. For me, his newest album was the best closer to his career. Contrary to my prior critiques, “No Pressure” made me miss his presence. And despite being a formal end to his career, I hope it’s not the end of Logic’s relationship with music.