Logic claimed he was retiring from rap following the release of 2020â€™s No Pressure, which would have put the cap on a six-year Def Jam run that produced six studio albums and a handful of mixtapes along the way.
But unsurprisingly, the bespectacled rap nerd reemerged in 2020 with a project called Planetory Destruction under the alias Doc D. The album was a throwback to the golden age Hip Hop that he so desperately clings to and contained features from some of the eraâ€™s top tier artists at the time â€” Del The Funky Homosapien, Ghostface Killah and Tony Tone, to name a few.
Then in April, Logic announced heâ€™d formed a super duo with prolific producer Madlib called MadGic, a portmanteau of their monikers. With the industry seemingly at his fingertips, Logic was poised to deliver what couldâ€™ve been a dream project for Hip Hop purists everywhere â€” Madlib beats, high profile guests features from Hip Hop legends and the Def Jam stamp of approval. But instead, he gave fans Bobby Tarantino III, the third installment in the Bobby Tarantino mixtape series.
From the pointless album opener â€œIntrollâ€ â€” which finds him just saying, â€œYeah, yeah, hey, yo, 1, 2â€ a ridiculous number of times to the predictable â€œget off my dickâ€ anthem â€œVaccine,â€ this album is largely forgettable.
But perhaps the most flagrant quality of the project is Logicâ€™s tendency to unapologetically bite other artists, a theme consistent throughout his career. The Doc D superhero alias? MF DOOM did it first. His flow on the trunk-rattling â€œSee You Space Cowboy?â€ Sounds like heâ€™s consciously trying to emulate Kendrick Lamar. Going to the middle of nowhere to record his next and final project for Def Jam? Kanye West.
Even when heâ€™s trying to sound emboldened on the woozy, guitar-ladened â€œGet Upâ€ with the lines, â€œIâ€™m too up, like a layup/I walk up in Def Jam like â€˜Fuck yâ€™all, pay up,â€ it comes across as disingenuous. Despite his platinum numbers and the clout that presumably follows, itâ€™s impossible to envision Logic coming at anyone â€” especially label executives â€” with that kind of destructive energy.
But Logic gives brief insight into why he might perpetuate a phony image on the subdued yet pleasantly breezy â€œTheme For The Peopleâ€ in which he raps, â€œI get introspective on a record with a message deep in the lyrics/But after a while, that shit get depressing, they donâ€™t wanna hear it/They just wanna turn up so thatâ€™s when I come back on that Bobby Tarantino/Counting money, sipping vino shit/Itâ€™s how we stay relevant to the young.â€ He then admits heâ€™d â€œrather be rapping on breaks/But whatever it takes to get to the young.â€
In spite of Logicâ€™s best efforts to conform, the beats he chooses to rhyme over, this time largely produced by 6ix and MTK, are the only elements that slightly set him apart from the homogenized rap that currently dominates the mainstream. But thatâ€™s neither a good or bad thing in this case; many of them fail to hook the listener and fade into obscurity faster than he came out of retirement.
Thereâ€™s also no territory here that hasnâ€™t been explored before â€” â€œCall Meâ€ is a blatant recycling of his Top 5 Billboard Hot 100 hit â€œ1-800-273-8255â€ and finds him, once again, being that proverbial shoulder to lean on. Not to say that isnâ€™t admirable â€” we all struggle â€” but at this point it feels more like a crutch he uses when he has nothing better to say.
Logicâ€™s biggest issue is no matter what he does, who he works with or how many syllables heâ€™s able to rattle off in a single bar, thereâ€™s no escaping his penchant for corny raps. Hearing him pontificate about â€œpussyâ€ on the incredibly flat â€œFlawlessâ€ (that comes with a chorus stolen from TLCâ€™s â€œWaterfallsâ€) is cringeworthy and feels like another attempt at trying to be someone heâ€™s not. Needless to say, this one couldâ€™ve been left in the vault as he prepares to fire off his final Def Jam album.
Letâ€™s just hope he saves the best for last â€” at least for his fanâ€™s sake.
Logic.!!! Lol this dude. I gotta stop fronting on bro. Man was WASHED for like 4 projects in a row. But this Bobby Tarantino series has honestly become somewhat special to me. What a come back. Iss only one song I don’t like out of 10. What a tape. Wow ðŸ˜ðŸ‘ðŸ¿ðŸ™ŒðŸ¿ðŸ™†ðŸ¿â€â™‚ï¸ #BobbyTarantinoIII
â€” Sha’Carri’s Plug ðŸ (@C_Moralez) August 14, 2021
Bobby Tarantino 3 is not it and I love Logic ðŸ˜ðŸ’”
â€” Rindai (@Rxndai) August 20, 2021
Forgot this in the drafts:
I felt bad for a year that I never wrote a review of Logicâ€™s â€œfinalâ€ album. It was a really nice sendoff with some pretty great bops. But now with Bobby Tarantino III, itâ€™s a display of rushed, basic beats and an unwillingness to let good things lie.
â€” Graydon Webb (@Graytlo777) August 17, 2021