Logic’s sophomore album, The Incredible True Story, is a breath of fresh air from the trap rap and indiscernible lyrics that seem to have inundated the hip-hop scene lately. The album flashes Logic’s fast-paced flow that his day ones fell in love with, but also showcases a more mature sound. It is a concept driven album revealing where he has been, where he is, and where he is going.
The album is proliferated with skits that follow fictional characters Quentin Thomas and William Kai’s journey aboard the Aquarius 3 en route to the planet, Paradise. The skits follow the same story from beginning of the album to the end. However, he added to many skits. Dialogue surrounds songs like hyenas hovering over a gazelle. It’s at the beginning, middle, and end of songs. There is no way to escape them either since most of them aren’t separate tracks. While enjoyable, they unnecessarily prolong the album and detract from the songs.
The tracks on the album are a tasteful blend of Logic’s unique delivery. “Stainless” and “Fade Away” highlight Logic’s classic fast paced rhythmic delivery that substantiated his debut album Under Pressure. Most importantly, his lyrics don’t get lost in his flow. He articulates well revealing that he isn’t just trying to show off. He wants the listener to understand what he is saying.
Although, the waters begin to muddy regarding the quality of the album after listening to songs like “I am the Greatest”. The song is so reminiscent of a Drake track that one might think they are listening to the Canadian rapper rather than the Maryland born spitter. Or “Upgrade” which uses the same flow and high-pitched voice that Kendrick Lamar likes to include in his songs. Finally, “City of Stars” could have been a track on Kanye West’s Graduation taking the place of “Flashing Lights”. Obviously he is going to mirror these artists since that’s what influences him, but it would have been nice to hear Logic experiment with his own style, tweaking it more than he did this album.
He does explore his vocal range a bit in the song “Never Been”. He tests the limits of his vocal cords by dabbling with singing in the chorus. He also makes an ode to 90’s hip-hop with the song “Young Jesus” where him and Big Lenbo annihilate the track embodying the essence of old school rap not just in the beat but also in the chorus and delivery.
Logic continues to improve as an artist. While critics may knock the album down a bit for the repetitive message in this album as Under Pressure and the few copycat tracks, it is undeniable that he has matured and refined his sound. This album gives Logic serious street cred but he is yet to make his break through.