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"Young Sinatra IV" Logic

by Courtney Deeren | copy editor
Tue, Oct 2nd 2018 02:00 pm

Amidst the huge releases of two master rappers, Logic decided to drop his fourth album in the “Young Sinatra” series, Young Sinatra IV (YSIV). It’s a stretch to say that YSIV will compete with “Ye” and “Tha Carter V” in the billboard top 200, but past success’s might point to Logic’s potential future success with YSIV. This studio album containing 14 songs comes only six months after the release of his mixtape “Bobby Tarantino II.” 

Opening the album is the track “Thank You.” The familiar voices of previous characters that have been featured on earlier tracks can be heard discussing this album. One of these characters mentions that this is the final album and when questioned, explains it is the last album in the “Young Sinatra” collection. The song proceeds as a thank you note to Logic’s fans and includes recordings of his fans praising him and showing him love. Between the sound clip from the beginning and the clips of fans, Logic actually has very few verses on the opening track. 

As you dive deeper into the album you are introduced to a slew of other musicians including Wale, Hailee Steinfeld, Jaden Smith and even members of Wu Tang Clan. One thing that is very obvious throughout the album is that Logic seemed to pay more attention to the lyrics than the beats. In the first few songs it’s not as noticable, but the farther you listen you start to notice that the drum beat is repetitive for every song. 

Logic starts out with a tempo that remains through the whole song, through most of the album. This tempo rarely changes from song to song and even those appearing on YSIV match Logic’s preset tempo. While Logic has made it being a conscious rapper, known for his fast flow, this album lacks any emphasis on meaningful statements, especially after putting out “18002738255” which featured one of the most inspirational messages. After listening to the album for a while it all starts to blur together, the constant beat and speed tend to blend with the lyrics and I found myself not really paying attention to anything at various points. 

The only exception to this is the song that shares a title with the album. “YSIV”  incorporates a piano with the constant percussion to add a fresh feel. In my husband’s words, the repetitive drums make it feel like you’ve been driving on the freeway for 2 hours. The whole album incorporates a throwback feel, giving listeners some late 90s, early aughts vibes.

If I had to choose between “YSIV” and “Bobby Tarantino II” I would hands down choose “Bobby Tarantino II,” maybe it’s just a matter of preferring the informal feel of the mixtape, but this felt too forced and perhaps that has something to do with the turn around rate between  “Bobby Tarantino II” and “YSIV.” Die hard fans will still love and listen to YSIV, but many can agree that there is nothing that can come close to Logic’s earliest works. 

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