Def Jam-signed, Maryland-raised, "not-a-white-rapper" Logic dropped his debut album, Under Pressure, today to not much buzz, but a whole lot of nods of recognition. He's probably most proud of that. It's a lesson he picked up from J. Cole.
"J. Cole is a super awesome dude and every now and again I'll text him and let him know how things are going," Logic told Complex. He's long been an admirer of Cole and plans to take after the way the Roc Nation rapper stays out of the limelight in between projects.
"...He always gives me really great words of wisdom," Logic continued, "and one of them was like, 'Don't worry about the numbers. I see what you're doing, your fanbase is incredible, it's immense. Just focus on the fans and everything will be great."
So far, that's true. Logic started off the day on The Breakfast Club and by rush hour was hanging out live with fans via Google+, a far cry from how his life started. "I saw my mom getting her ass whooped by various men right in front of me, or it was sitting in the same room as my sisters getting sexually assaulted as a little child and I couldn't do anything," he said.
Now, he's sharing his story with the world, as "an ambassador of hip hop."
Under Pressure features guest spots from Childish Gambino and Big Sean. See what else Logic has to say about the LP (he describes how he's going to Illmatic the game with it) on Behind The Cypher in the video below.
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