Release Date: Nov 13, 2015
Record label: Def Jam
P.O.S. :: Chill, dummyDoomtree RecordsAuthor: Patrick TaylorI've been a fan of Stefon "P.O.S." Alexander since his debut nearly 10 years ago. On "Audition" and 2009's "Never Better," he proved himself to be one of the few artists who could successfully meld punk rock and hip-hop. Fellow Minnesotans ….
With a story that takes place 100 years in the future, Logic's sophomore LP is also a concept album, and with the Gaithersburg, Maryland MC's vibrant, ambitious debut providing evidence the young artist could do it, it doesn't take long for The Incredible True Story to live up to its title. The "true" bit comes from the album's honest yet uplifting message, as early highlight "Fade Away" gives up "Everybody's gonna die, gonna go one day/Maybe it'll happen on a Monday, drop in to work and get hit by a Hyundai," as that flippant wisdom is delivered with Logic's usual breakneck speed. As fast as he raps, it's arguable that the musical ideas come even faster, with the flute-driven "Like Woah" reimagining hip-hop in the age of hippies and flower power, while highlight "Young Jesus" kicks with the old-school boom-bap from 6ix and Sir Dylan, as this clever devil MC gets in the Eminem spirit with "Eat whack MCs like Hannibal/Cause Joe Pesci's my spirit animal.
“I’m a visionary, that’s long-term / But Def Jam said they needed that,” Logic spit on “Til The End,” the swaggering conclusion to his critically acclaimed debut album, 2014’s Under Pressure. Great expectations ran supreme when the Maryland native nearly shattered the Internet when he released Young Sinatra: Welcome To Forever, amassing over a 100K Datpiff downloads in less than 24 hours, but Logic managed to remain faithful to all the boundless elements that made him a star — his storytelling prowess, pristine lyricism, and spellbinding instrumentals. Not too many artists would elect to release their sophomore project in the digital melee of new Justin Bieber and Jeezy projects respectively, but Logic’s artistic purview is vastly different than the typical fold.
Twenty-five-year-old Maryland rapper Logic's rap career has been defined by two seemingly contradictory through-lines: on the one hand, relentless criticism; on the other, a cult following. With four mixtapes and his debut album, Under Pressure, under his belt, the Def Jam signee's sophomore effort, The Incredible True Story, comes with weighted expectations, both good and bad. It may just silence a few of his critics, if not all of them — The Incredible True Story delivers a multi-faceted aural experience.Set against a sci-fi backdrop, The Incredible True Story follows two "post-Earth" individuals on a journey to Paradise nearly 100 years into the future.
New artists face intimidating challenges after signing to major labels. For starters, creating a debut that not only sees the light of day, but is successful enough to warrant a follow-up. In certain cases, that first album is everything they’ve been waiting to say for years, but the second album is the bigger test, as it proves that the artist has something to say beyond the cathartic release of emotions heard on their debut effort.
Following in the footsteps of Mac Miller and Earl Sweatshirt, Maryland rapper Logic finds a looser, weirder, and ultimately more interesting version of himself on his second major-label release. Like them, he sounds eager to leave behind expectations prompted by a debut album — in his case, the overeager, overproduced “Under Pressure” — and dig deep into his core influences. “Fade Away” finds him flexing a breathless, incisive flow to promise that “reinvention is my intention, what’s showing more than this third dimension.