“There was days when I needed I used to be Cole, wished I used to be Kendrick/Days when I needed I used to be Lupe, hella eccentric,” Logic raps on “Clone Wars III” from College Park. The Maryland-hailing MC has been nothing if not honest over the course of his profession, nevertheless it’s refreshing to listen to someone as completed as Logic look back on a time when he wasn’t so sure of himself. The song is definitely concerning the rapper realizing that every one he really needed to do to succeed was to be himself and let those that got it (his undying love for golden-era hip-hop, his complex backstory, his love for anime and video games) get it.
And we get loads of it across College Park, a project that features the RZA, Norah Jones, Redman, Bun B, Lil Keke, Andy Hull, Joey Bada$$, and Seth MacFarlane. Topically, it’s all grown-man B-I, Logic rapping about what life might have been like had he fallen victim to the streets (“Wake Up”), his battles with anxiety and the ability of therapy (“Redpill IV”), his devotion to craft (“Self Medication”), and, on “Playwright,” a revelation wholly unsurprising to longtime fans: that it’s still “family over every thing.” As an MC, Logic is today who he’s been his entire profession; it’s just that, as he puts it on “Paradise II,” he’s got much more to be happy with. “Now not are the times of my childhood,” he raps. “My priority nowadays is ensuring my wife and my child good.”