“I Am King”, a fitting title. For fans anew or legacy fans of Logic, you won’t be disappointed from what really is an inclusive and representative album.
Hailing from Brixton, with roots spanning Nigeria, Jamaica and Ireland. Logic is a interesting character and that comes across in his music, specifically this “I Am King”, album as he weaves in different cultures, genres and perspectives. This album has a real community vibe to it not only in the lyrics, the features, but also the visuals too (which you can find on Logic’s usual channel of choice, Global Faction on YouTube)
My favourite track on the album is “Back Like I Never Left” — if you know Logic, this one really represents his energy and views. You will hear key themes from People’s Army, to question everything and reality. “I am not grime I am hip hop” is one of the statements he repeats throughout this song, Logic then goes on to talk about the music scene and how it relates to young listeners, highlighting the difference between consciousness-expanding Hip Hop and some of this Trap music which boils down to repetitive lyrics about who traps and beefs the best!
Another thing I loved about this album is the collaborations, from the likes of Daddy Freddy (Reggae and Junglist star), to international DnB star Skibadee, Mr Cheeks of Lost Boyz, not forgetting Rodney P (one of UK Hip Hop’s originators, affectionately known as the “Riddim Killa”). It’s fair to say these collaborations are really a testament of Logic’s standing, relationships and gravitas within the scene.
“I Am King” is a very different album than his previous album “Listen”. This most recent album is clearly addressing a lot of the same important issues including the government, the status quo, London and global culture, family, the police and so on. But, it does it in a broader spectrum of ways, in some ways I feel that “Listen” was rawer and more emotional. I Am King is a polished and integrated album that explores more styles, genres and collaborations that ultimately drive the same message of self-awareness, community, truthful expression and joy.
Watch this space for more hot releases from Logic. And, make sure you tell a friend to tell a friend that Logic’s album launch party is the 13 th of March at Brixton Jamm. Book in advance as tickets are running out fast. At the event you are going to see The People’s Army and friends, including; Mic Righteous, Amy True, DJ Snuff and hosted by Peaches!
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