Logic’s Latest Album ‘Vinyl Days’ Features Thirty Tracks and Even More Talent
Logic’s latest album, titled “Vinyl Days”, was released in its entirety on June 17. Thirty tracks long, it oozes talent – its songs are original and clever, with brilliantly written lyrics and unique, insightful content.
Logic’s latest album, Vinyl Days, took a village of rappers, producers, and celebrities to create, and it’s worth it. With teasers first released on May 20, the full album and all 30 songs were finally released on June 17.
What I take away most from Logic’s album is that he’s ridiculously well-connected and respected – it’s the only way he’s got so much talent in one album.
Guest rappers such as Action Bronson, Curren$y, Russ, Wiz Khalifa, Royce da 5’9, RZA, AZ and The Game, among many others, would have been enough to make this statement true. However, it’s the additional recorded phone calls from Aaron Judge, JJ Abrams, Michael Rapaport, Tony Revolori, NEMS, Earl Sweatshirt, Rainn Wilson, and Lena Waithe that really show just how well-connected and respected Logic is.
“Decades” was one of the first tracks of this extremely prolific album that marked me. Here, Logic discusses how money can’t buy happiness and how he watched money become a corrupting force in his family and community.
It also includes Logic thanking God for getting as far as he has and for the life he has. This song is smart, insightful and even funny at times, like the line “Feelin’ like Annie singin’ ’bout the Sun, no food in my stomach, hopin’ that tomorrow gon’ come.”
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“Quasi” is another song you shouldn’t skip. As the title suggests, this song is about legendary producer Madlib, aka Quasimoto, whom Logic is desperately trying to bring out of retirement. This plea for Madlib to join the rap community, despite its pretty topic of niche content, came together to be a fun, boppy song.
“Therapy Music” was my favorite from this album. For me, every line struck, even though the lyrics that stood out to me were, “That was the life I led before I went to therapy, and we unpacked, I didn’t really need it, I ‘needed’ validation, which I agree sucks.
It’s basically the heart of the song, which is him exploring his headspace before, during and after therapy. He explores his ego, his anxiety, his trauma, and more. He does it so quickly and so clearly that the listener barely has time to understand how he has just concisely explained a huge problem in just two lines. He then moves on to the next number, which he explains just as well, and so on.
“Breath Control” was my second favorite from this album. The song’s message is pretty much summed up by its two opening lyrics: “Tell me who really wants it.” Everything they talk about, I’ve already done.
Essentially, “Breath Control” is Logic discussing the race for fame rappers are getting into. He comments on how everyone likes to say they’ll be the next biggest thing, but very few people actually have what it takes to do it.
“LaDonda” was the last track that stuck with me – it referenced Anthony Fantano, a music critic and YouTuber known for giving Logic unprecedented album reviews. However, this song is about Logic’s friendship with the music critic – even though at first the two were at odds for obvious reasons.
Things changed after a phone call with Fantano, where Fantano explained that he believed Logic deserved to be where he was and was a good rapper. The lyrics went on to explain that Fantano is ultimately an honorable music critic and only tries to give his most honest reviews.
The logic then shifts from seeing Fantano as an enemy, to someone who will help him improve his music. The two then walk away from the experience with a newfound respect for each other.