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Logic’s retirement album, or so he says (I’d like to stay in denial for the rest of this review, thanks), sees the rapper seek his roots. Collaborating with co-executive producer No I.D. , he produces a much needed redemptive compilation of songs that will endure the test of time due to the sheer sincerity he has expressed throughout. For Logic fans, this album is an authentic, upgraded story about the man himself. He revisits his past and deals with the ghosts of his past and he deals with them with a brave face and far more maturity than we expect out of him. It is, for better or for worse, his cleanest album yet, as quoted by Entertainment Weekly.
“Open Mic” carries the album with similar sounds that his first performances once had, and we find out that songs like “A2Z” turned out to be a demo he had back in 2005. The latter would also hit home if you are an aspiring rapper, as Logic directly references to B-rabbit (which is a reference to Eminem’s character in the movie 8 Mile) and Nas. In the album’s entirety, the artist makes sure to express his artistic influences throughout his life and career. From Papoose’s “Alphabetical Slaughter” to Outkast’s “Elevators”, from Cowboy Bebop to even Metal Gear Solid, the artist makes every effort to go out in style.
From a storytelling perspective, No Pressure follows three parts: his recollection of his life, the highs and lows of his success, and the birth of his son and his decision to retire. Logic shines the most on this album by how laidback he is throughout the series of songs, despite that they consist of such drastically different situations that he is portraying for listeners. What separates Logic from other rappers, is that how he deals with the subject he presents.
In “DadBod”, he is blatantly practical for someone who is seeking premature retirement from rapping. The line “Got a son now, f*ck the rap game” is effective when describing the finality of his decision, while also showing the bittersweet disregard of an artist who once was so passionate for the art itself. It is surprisingly respectful compared to his previous debacle Confessions of a Dangerous Mind – an auto tune heavy mind-numbing trip that drove the rapper into a state of reflection in the first place.
Thankfully, our man goes out with a bang, if that still sustains to be his decision. No Pressure produces and endures exceptional grace unlike what you would expect if you were somewhat familiar with Logic’s discography. You might have known him to be a passionate man, but not as articulate as he has been here. It certainly is not his best album to date, but it is one that refines his fans’ perspectives on him. No Pressure turns out to be a solid album for a farewell, and definitely a meaningful final bow.