Logic's 'No Pressure' lyrics explained: Hip Hop star set to breakdown meaning of lyrics and memories of final LP
Since Logic will be giving his fans a full breakdown of what 'No Pressure' actually represents, let's dive into a few tracks and deconstruct a handful of songs from the 15-track record
Logic may have retired from his all-conquering hip-hop music career, but he's still in a generous and giving mood. On July 31, the 'Homicide' rapper promised to give his fans an exclusive and personal breakdown of all the songs on his final album 'No Pressure' on his Twitch streaming platform. Much to the delight of his millions of fans, the rapper recently posted, "Join me Monday on @twitch at 8 pm EST as I break down lyrics meaning and memories in order to the songs on No Pressure." As previously reported, the Def Jam star is a passionate gamer and had reportedly signed an exclusive seven-figure deal with the video game streaming platform Twitch, which is an unprecedented first for a musician of Logic's caliber. You can check out his post below and delve into the meaning of some of the songs from his sixth studio album.
The founder of BobbyBoy Records, formerly known as Elysium Records, had previously announced that he would be retiring from his music career, in order to focus on being a great parent. Earlier this month, on July 17, Logic had announced, "Officially announcing my retirement with the release of 'No Pressure' executive produced by No I.D. July 24th... It’s been a great decade. Now it’s time to be a great father." Naturally, fans treated the moment as a bittersweet farewell, but we can't the young star for choosing to focus on his family, especially since he's given so much hope and positivity to fans in the course of his decade-long career.
Officially announcing my retirement with the release of “No Pressure” executive produced by No I.D. July 24th...— Bobby No Pressure (@Logic301) July 16, 2020
It’s been a great decade. Now it’s time to be a great father.
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Since Logic, aka Young Sinatra, will be giving his RattPack fans (Real-All-The-Time crew), a full breakdown of what 'No Pressure' actually represents, let's dive into a few tracks and deconstruct a handful of songs from the 15-track record. Talking about the album, the rapper had revealed, "It talks a lot about really dope s**t. It’s very hip-hop and very dope, but not like my album ‘Young Sinatra 4 [YSIV]‘, which is kinda boom-bap hip-hop. This one is more modern hip-hop... I’m talking about life, things I’ve gone through, and having a child. All types of stuff." Most fans will agree that Logic is in peak form on the 'No Pressure' album, as he looks back on his past, his storied career, the state of his mental health, and reflects on his personal growth and maturity now that he has a family to take care of.
For example, on the song 'Dad Bod', which the rapper also released a music video for on July 27, the rapper claps back at fans who wanted him to revert to his old style from his previous album, 'Under Pressure'. The rapper reveals that he has grown a lot since then, and now has a loving family (a wife and son) whom he wants to settle down with. Using the phrase "Dad Bod," which pokes fun at the unremarkable physique of fathers who have let themselves go, the rapper admits that he is now ready to embrace a relatively comfortable, mundane lifestyle that comes with a regular domestic existence. "I used to be about the B-Rabbits and Mekhi Phifers / Hit the stage, grip the mic and murder you like a pro-lifer / But I'm done now, I got a son now / F**k the rap game, I'm done now."
Elsewhere on In 'Soul Food II', Logic talks about the cold, calculating nature of the make-or-break music industry, as he spits bars like "If you're searching for love in the industry you'll be let down / They don't love you 'til you dead and then they call you profound / No matter how mainstream you was in the end, you still underground... Money ain't the key to happiness and this the proof."
The song 'GP4' (Growing Pains Part 4), which interpolates the Outkast track 'Elevators (Me & You)' on the chorus, is a reflection on the rapper's early years, as he struggled to make a name for himself in this rough and tough world. The lines go -- "Came up in a world that's off its axis / All that's promised, death and taxes" and "When you come from the bottom, you ain't get no chances, man."
On the title track, 'No Pressure', which features the singer Thalia, Logic uses snippets of his idol Orson Welles, and also provides multiple callbacks to his 'Under Pressure' album. He reminisces on growing up in Maryland and also alludes to the infamous crack epidemic that gripped the United States while he was a boy. "Never graduated, but I school 'em like professor / Growing up, the world always told me I was lesser / Growing up, the world told me I could not address her / Gangsters put that heat to your head like a hairdresser."
His own father used to abuse hard drugs, and on 'Under Pressure' (2014) the rapper had previously presented his father's POV in lines like "And on the real, I’m tryin' so hard not to bug you / But do you think you could stop rappin' about my drug use? / I’m two years clean, no longer a fiend / Yeah, I’m 57, but I feel 19." Elsewhere in the song 'No Pressure', Logic mentions "Memories of powdered milk and roaches in my cereal" and "Never had a car, that's why I hate the f**kin' bus." It's clear he had a pretty brutal time while growing up.
There are plenty more interpretations and childhood nostalgia to come, so let's wait to hear the man himself break these songs down on August 3 on his Twitch channel.