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August 2014
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New Music: Logic - Driving Ms. Daisy (feat. Childish Gambino)

 

As Logic preps for the release of his debut album, he gives the RattPack and BobbySoxers a new song. The self-produced “Driving Ms. Daisy” features Childish Gambino and will be a bonus track on the album.

"I was deathly sick and dealing with a lot of problems, not personal so much as business and getting the album ready. I decided to put it on a song, and the fact [that] I produced it made it feel more honest to me. I gave the listener every aspect of my mind on this matter," Logic told Billboard.

Listen to the song above and look out for his debut album this fall.

(source)

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August 2014
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Coming Soon: Logic - Driving Ms. Daisy (feat. Childish Gambino)

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Sooo who’s ready for some new Logic tunes? Earlier today (August 26) Logic announced that the new song the RattPack has been teasing on Twitter will be released tomorrow and will feature a certain multi-talented friend of his by the name of Childish Gambino.

"Driving Ms. Daisy" is about "appreciating where you are and what you have. Yeah sure, we should plan and look to the future, but not at the expense of the present." 

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August 2014
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Videos: Logic’s Vevo Interview

 

In the video above, Logic talks to Vevo and 247HH about a crazy fan experience that happened during his homecoming show on the Welcome to Forever Tour last year.

Below, watch Logic speak on why he feels some women should have a bit more respect for themselves.

 

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August 2014
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Hypetrak: Logic - Master of His Craft

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The below conversation is with an artist in a blessed, but delicate situation: already affixed into cult stardom, but teetering on the brink of mass commercial success. To be of Logic's stature may seem like the sweet life to many, but from family drama to sample clearances to label matters, getting his debut album out has been far from a stress-free ride.

 

Your debut album is due later this year. Are you satisfied with its progress so far?
Oh yeah, definitely. I mean, it’s been done for six months and I haven’t changed anything. In the time since it was finished, I was tempted to go back in because I would find new inspiration. However, I saved that feeling to currently work on the second album. You can’t fix something that ain’t broke, as they say, so I’ve just been sitting on the first LP.

How has the creation process differed from your previous projects?

Well, with mixtapes, that was an era in my life where I was on the come-up. I wrote as if the listener was my best friend and I was venting about everything I was going through daily, both good and bad, as a rapper. However, the album is far from that. The album is not about the coming of Logic, it is about the Growing up of “Bobby” narrated by Logic. It is the story of my adolescence and the things I went through that transformed me into the young man I am today. Of course, there’s a bit about my experiences in the industry, but 80% of this tale is just about who I am, where I come from, and the things I’ve endured.

Creatively speaking, for you, what is the main difference between working on an album and a song? Do you approach certain songs with an idea that fits with the album, or make the songs first and see if they fit later?

Very good question! I think you definitely just make songs — you don’t want to confine your creativity. It’s like, I may be really inspired by a Drake melody and want to do something in that lane, but then I’ll hear some 36 Chambers and want to do some raw RZA shit instead. I won’t tell myself to only do one of them. Why not go the Kanye route? Make the hook a ballad melodically, then switch the key, BPM, and tone on the verses, and go raw spitting on the verses. However, with an album, I do think generally you have a bit of an idea going in what you want, but you let each song tell the story as a whole.

You first got into rap through RZA’s score of Kill Bill. Is this (scoring a movie) something you could imagine yourself doing? What else would you like to do (outside of music)?

Scoring a movie would be fun; Hans Zimmer is a big inspiration of mine. However, I would rather act in movies than score them and this is something I have a growing passion for (writing and acting in that industry).

But, I feel it best to master one craft before diving into another. It’s like when you go on Twitter and see some random chick and in her bio it says, “soul singer/rapper/dancer/student/full-time mom/astronaut/President of the United States” (laughs). Focus on one thing! Then, move on when you are ready.

You’ve been in the game for a few years now, putting out music independently before announcing your signing to Def Jam last year. Since you started, what’s been the hardest part of getting to where you are now?

The hardest part of getting where I am now was signing my deal and putting this album out. And that’s no knock to my label Visionary or Def Jam. Getting fans is fun, making music is fun, touring is incredible, but waiting for an album to come out sucks! See, the thing about me is I walked into Def Jam and went, “here!” I played my album and they all clapped and were excited. I told them, “THIS IS IT, THIS IS WHAT WE ARE PUSHING.” It wasn’t like some new artist with no fans or power sitting in a little chair while a bunch of powerful men shadow over them going, “where’s the radio record? The girl record? Make a record like that one song or like that…”

That’s why I love my team; we do what we want creatively, no question. That is also why Def Jam is dope, because they don’t interfere. The part that sucks is being patient. There are artists out there that don’t really sample because if you don’t have to clear samples you make more money and things move along quicker. But with me, I didn’t want to sacrifice the hip hop feeling of samples for more money, so that’s another reason it takes a while.

See, with mixtapes you just make that shit, pick a date, and put it out. But I am a major artist on a major label with some of the biggest stars in music, so we have to all agree on the one day in that year where all the power of that building will focus on me and my record.

Not to mention the hundreds of thousands of fans on social media that are constantly asking when the album is coming out or to just drop it already, but they don’t know nor do they care what it entails to drop an album. They just want what they want when they want it! Even though it’s hard to deal with, it just makes me that much happier that I can’t even check my Twitter without being constantly contacted by fans who want to buy my album!

There have been several rappers over the past few years who have generated devoted fanbases online, translated them into profitable touring and eventually, major record deals. You’ve certainly done it your own way, but what do you think separates you the most from your contemporaries?

My story, my face, my music, my beliefs, and how I carry myself. I’m just me. I am inspired by others and am blunt about it, but I am me and I am telling my fans to be them. I out myself; I do not portray myself as perfect. I paint my picture with many flaws in it and I believe that’s why my fans relate.

We live in an era where the radio and MTV doesn’t work anymore. You can’t just shove music down the public’s throat and expect people to buy those songs because that’s all they know! My fans have utilized the internet and their freedom and they have found me, and I them. They listen to me by choice, not by force, and they will buy MY album because they want to! Because after five years, over four mixtapes and 150 songs for FREE, they want to support! They want to show they are part of a fanbase that will not be stopped and after this album release will be recognized as one of the biggest fanbases in hip-hop!

Your parents have a troubled past. How did this influence your current outlook on life and your craft as a rapper?

The album talks about this a lot in depth. However, I will say I saw what they have done and learned not to follow in that direction and to talk about it instead of hiding from it. My father doesn’t like that I speak of him in my story because I have talked about him smoking crack and drinking in the past. The worst part is he doesn’t even hear how in these newer songs I’ve talked about his ‘that was then and this is now.’ He only hears the negative — he even told me he would sue me for telling my story. I’m sure he was just angry, but the funny part is he had no right to be. I use what I saw and experienced as a tool to heal and help others. He was never there; if anything, I should be the angry one. So, I just choose to focus on those in my life who deserve to be a part of it.

You seem to convey a lot of positivity when speaking to your fans through your lyrics, interviews, social media, etc. What do you hope people take away as the main message in your music?

The main message in my music is ‘Peace, Love, and Positivity.’ It always has been. It is about following your dreams and attaining anything you truly desire, that’s it! I wanted to be a rapper, musician and entertainer. Everyone told me I couldn’t do it, but I persevered. I was determined, realistic and wanted success more than my next breath! All I hope is that people listen and enjoy the music, for the message or the tone in the music or whatever — I really don’t care. Hell, even if people hate it, that’s fine as long as they talk about it. The more they talk, the more people are introduced, the more world tours I do, the more money I make to provide for the family I love, the longer I get to survive on this earth and continue spreading that message.

(source)

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August 2014
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LogicGram: Logic Debut Album

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Last night, Logic was in the studio putting the final placement on his debut album, due out before Halloween. The RattPack took to Instagram to share some photos from the session and you can check them out below.

Are you ready for the album?

 

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August 2014
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You know it’s getting closer to that time when Logic is in NYC playing his album for Def Jam.

You know it’s getting closer to that time when Logic is in NYC playing his album for Def Jam.

(via visionarymusicgroup)

August 2014
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In Case You Missed It: Twitter Q&A

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Earlier today, Logic decided to hold a Twitter Q&A session using the hashtag #LogicAlbum. The RattPack took over Twitter, as the hashtag was the #1 trending topic worldwide! Here are some highlights from the Q&A: 

  • We’ll be getting the first single in about two weeks

  • His “Mount Rushmore of Rap” would include RZA, Drake, Black Thought, Big L and 6ix
  • The merchandise that was sold on the While You Wait Tour will be available at LogicMerch.com soon, along with some new designs

  • His idol is Luke Skywalker

  • When Logic’s debut album is out, expect a worldwide tour with meet and greets

  • Speaking of the album, it will be available on vinyl

  • He has a big budget for first video off his album

  • The album was a year long process but 80% of the album was recorded in just two weeks

  • His current Twitter avi is a part of the album cover

Hit up Logic’s Twitter account to read all of his responses.

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August 2014
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Karen Civil: Logic Says Signing to a Major Label Has a Lot of Misconceptions

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Logic recently spoke with KarenCivil.com about his childhood, signing to a major label, and more. Read on for some news on the album, like when we can expect the title announcement and when we can expect the LP to be released. 

 

We only hear bad things about your childhood, so tell me one of the good memories from growing up in Maryland.

Logic: I remember the pool. It was right outside the apartment complex where all the homies would play. We’d play games like Manhunt and things like that, or we’d be hanging with the ladies at the park after dark. Just hanging with all the homies was some of the best times.

What’s a lowkey eating spot you can only find in Gaithersburg, MD?

Logic: There’s this place called “Dog House Ale” in Gaithersburg and it’s amazing. I always get the BBQ Ale House burger. That’s probably my favorite thing to eat.

Do you have any studio rituals when you’re recording?

Logic: I wouldn’t say ritual, but one thing I have is this really fine statue type of thing – a collectible – of Agent Smith from the Matrix. Yeah, he’s with me every time I’m in the studio, anywhere I go.

What’s one of the biggest misconceptions of being signed to a major? A lot of people think if you get a major deal with a huge signing bonus, that’s it.

Logic: Let’s say you sign for a million dollars or something, right? You only get a percentage of that as an artist in the first place and you have to literally pay back everything you earn. It’s called a “living advance.” The label will literally give you enough money to live long enough to record an album [laughs].

Your music and your message has always been more important to you than the money, has that changed now that you’ve signed?

Logic: Money was never the issue, man. I was making a lot of money off of touring and merchandise way before I signed the deal. And the funny thing is, that shit hasn’t really changed. Don’t get me wrong though, there’s plenty of money to make with music if you go about it the right way, but I don’t see myself getting as much money off of my records as I will through touring and merchandise.

What’s your take on the current state of hip-hop?

Logic: It’s awesome, man. Just the Internet in general and how you can implement it to really blow up and do your thing is cool. I’m one of the very last guys that got like really, really successful [through the Internet]. I mean, c’mon, in 2010 you had Mac Miller, you had Wiz Khalifa, you had J. Cole, you had Kendrick, you had Wale, you had Cudi, and all of these different people who were blowing up because of the Internet. Back then it was like a secret, and now it’s so over saturated that even if you’re incredible, there’s just so many rappers. But I think the current state of hip-hop is great. It’s fucking awesome.

So let’s jump into the album. First of all, who the hell is Nikki?

Logic: [Laughs] Everybody wants to know who Nikki is and everyone’s gonna have to wait. Look, I just hope people listen to the album from beginning to end. If they do, they’ll find out who she is and it will blow your mind. I promise.

Any features on the upcoming album?

Logic: Well, on the standard edition, there will be no rap features. That’s all I’ll say on that. However, on the deluxe, you’re gonna hear a familiar voice or two.

Who are some producers you’re working with other than No I.D.?

Logic: It’s funny. There was a song on the album that I did and No I.D. loved it, so I just gave it to him and let him take it to the next level. So that’s the one that he’s doing, but everything else on the album is pretty much produced by myself and my main producer 6ix. There’s a couple other people for sure: Tae Beast and Skhyehutch from TDE, there’s S1 who did “Power” by Kanye, DJ Khalil. There’s some other guys, but like 75% of the album was done by me and 6ix.

Have you announced the title of the debut album yet?

Logic: I have not, but I have a plan to do so probably in a couple weeks from now. I’m gonna do like a cool little release and it’s gonna be special.

Can we definitely expect it to drop before 2015?

Logic: Oh man, definitely. I’ll just say that it should be before Halloween.

Other than sales, what’s your goal for this album?

Logic: Oh man. I guess just to open everybody’s eyes, man. I mean, my fan base is incredible. To be able to go on tours and perform in front of thousands of people, it’s just insane. Look, I think the numbers are gonna do well. In my heart of hearts, that’s just what I believe, even though that shit does not matter at all. The biggest thing that matters to me is the music that’s being made and the people that it’s reaching.

(source)

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July 2014
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New Music: Jon Bellion - “Munny Right”

 

First QuESt, now Jon Bellion is gearing up to release his upcoming project. Support Visionary Music Group by listening to “Munny Right” above and follow VMG on Twitter @TeamVisionary to keep up with all things Visionary. Lots on the way!

(via visionarymusicgroup)

July 2014
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New Music: Statik Selektah - Alarm Clock (feat. Ab-Soul, Jon Connor, and Logic)

 

We told you about this track a couple weeks back and it’s finally arrived. Get into “Alarm Clock” by Statik Selektah with three killer verses by Ab-Soul, Jon Connor, and Logic.