Respects Paid: Logic: Young Sinatra (Mixtape Review)
Normally I don’t, but for this kid…I had to do it. I was living perfectly fine before Logic’s “All I Do” & “Backpack” found their way into my inbox several months ago. A life now without the young and hungry voice from Maryland wouldn’t be much of a life at all. Logic, you’re just starting to blossom into a powerful voice and talent in the music industry and you’ve already had a huge impact on me and many others. Real talk, I truly hope you get what you’ve been working so hard for. Just know that for as long as you carry this cross, I Simon of the GO will stand at your side in support of you and your every move. So go on and be who you were destined to be. Your dream and passion burns deep, and so does mine, so YNotOurs. Now all I have left to say is…thank you and see you on the other side homie. Be sure to save a glass of cold Spades waiting for your boy.
01. One – What a way to start off a mixtape. I still get the chills every time this track goes into play. Real talk, this is the way to kick off a project. For Logic, this project is supposed to be the wake up…now how does that bucket of cold water to the face feel…? #Pow!
02. Shine On – Probably my favorite track off the project. What’s not to like, everything about this track is on point…the sample, the sound, the lyrics, the meaning, and the talent. This jawn will forever be at the top of my list for favorite gems from the kid.
03. 30,000 – Already a previously released track, on this one we find Logic going in over Erykah Badu’s “Window Seat.” This one overall is hella straight, it offers us a mellow vibe with dope lyrics yet again. Something we can definitely zone to while we imagine ourselves 30,000 feet high up in the sky.
04. All I Do (Prod. Black Diamond) – The song that kicked off my journey into Logic’s world. Easily one of Logic’s best tracks thus far. I’m hella glad the kid decided to throw this jawn on this project. The song simply adds to the overall substance of the project.
05. Sell Out Records (Skit) – One of the funniest skits on any project. A great idea overall.
06. Beggin’ Feat. C Dot Castro – One hell of an upbeat cut and yet another ridiculously ILL sample. These two spit some of the heaviest bars each and every time they collab on a track.
07. Mind of Logic Feat. Camille Michelle Gray (Prod. The Official) – A for sure banger. You may not be able to bump this in the club but it sure will rock the f*ck out of your headphones. I believe this track will live on as one of Logic’s more memorable tracks.
08. Champagne Thoughts – Oh so dope! Here we get a mix of Drake’s “Champagne Thoughts” and a little bit of CuDi’s “50 Ways to Make A Record.” This is what you get when you fuse two fresh beats and one hungry up and comer. It may not be long but short and sweet aint always so bad.
09. Are You Ready Feat. Phil Ade (Prod. The Official) – The Official’s production has yet to disappoint. For this jawn we see Logic recruit fellow DMV native Phil Ade. Previously released on what will forever be a significant day to yours truly. This one is one hell of a solid joint.
10. Highs & Lows (Prod. Shamel Bryant) – A 420 anthem. This is a great song for all my fellow bud lovers to bump on any given day. Simply toke, zone, appreciate, and enjoy.
11. Addiction (Prod. BaumBeats & Logic) Logic on production…whaaaa! Keep on producing homie, this jawn is FIRE! Fire ass lyrics on a fire ass sample. One of the best tracks “Young Sinatra” has to offer.
12. Stewie Griffen (Prod. Inspired Mindz) – Probably my favorite Logic track overall. With a name like Stewie Griffen how can you not give Logic your undivided attention on this one. Hands down, this cut along with the video are among one of the kids illest pieces of work. I strongly advise you to click play.
13. Live on the Air – Logic straight spittin’ heavy ass bars on the radio two years ago. wow!
14. Young Sinatra II – Always respect those who stay true to their roots. I respect your craft for this one sir. #OhSoDope!
15. Juice (Prod. Charlie Brown) – A track which truly showcases that talent and skill that is Logic.
16. Prime (Prod. Project Marvel) – Even though this one has been out for some time now, I still find myself watching the video over and over and over and over and over again. One of Logic’s stand out cuts period.
17. Take It Slow Feat. Raheem Devaughn (Prod. The Official) – This is one of those tracks I haven’t really gotten used to yet, simply because I’m not used to Logic going in over a slow gem. It’s not a bad joint at all though. I actually enjoy a slower pace at times. The addition of Raheem on this track compliments it very well. I look forward to hearing more collab joints from these two in the future.
18. Let Me Go Feat. Lykke Li (Prod. The Official) – WOW! :0! <- that was my first initial reaction after listening to this one, I was literally left speechless. Logic is a monster for this one. The lyrics are incredible and Logic shows off the right amount of emotion. Real talk, I feel this is one of those tracks that would do very well on the radio. Just so much emotion, please applaud this man. More artists need to start making music as real as this.
19. Mixed Feelings – We all know this beat…who hasn’t gone over this one. Nothing to take away from Logic’s version though. I find it to be better than most….of course I can’t say better than Jay’s (sorry bro) but butter than most for sure.
20. Growing Pains II – One of the few times someone goes over “Dead Presidents” without calling it “Dead Presidents,” good shit. Love the “I apologize a trillion times,” who needs an uggh.
21. As I Am – Dope and witty lyricism mixed with a feel good beat. This jawn will brighten anyone’s day (especially on a rainy Chicago day like today).
22. Just Another Day (Prod. Sunny Norway) – Excellent way to close out one of the best mixtapes of 2011. Sampling Queen Latifah….F*CKIN GENIUS! Straight up, you my friend are making the future of Hip-Hop and music in general look very bright, keep on doing you fam. The Hip-Hop heads of Chicago and I will forever have your back.