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LOGIC PREMIERES EVERYBODY DOC
5/11/17

By Kenz Meadows

Coinciding with the release of his third full-length album, Everybody, Def Jam’s Logic premiered a documentary of the same name to the screams and accolades of an incredibly devoted fanbase at Los Angeles’ Wiltern last night (5/10).

The doc follows the initial conception of the album, and introduces all of the many collaborators. It also serves as a uniquely personal window into the artist's creative process, and the roots of his music’s philosophy.

In the film, Logic describes his vision for the story of his album as the story of a man named Atom, who discovers that every human that is living and ever has lived is really the same person having been reborn into different lives. This is a process of self-discovery. Atom realizes he is every person that’s ever lived, and only when he’s experienced life from every point of view, will he really be able to understand humanity. Each of the album’s tracks is intended to represent a different perspective.

Logic talks about the perspective he most relates to in “Anziety,” which has a feature from folk/rock singer Lucy Rose. Here he raps about his experience battling anxiety everyday, calling out society for not wanting to be open about it. He utilizes spoken-word prose at the close of the song, telling the story of his very first panic attack that put him in the hospital. He describes the feeling, saying his mind was “full of clarity, but [his] body insisted it was in danger.” He admits to being human and therefore scared, implying the two are part and parcel to each other. The song is an honest expression of “how hard it is to live,” while being full of acceptance, as he explained at the event after the documentary in his live Q&A.


The whole album, which could very well debut at #1 on the Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) Chart tomorrow, heavily references the duality of his perspective, being biracial but fair-skinned. That topic in particular serves as the force behind the infectious “Black SpiderMan,” while suicidal demons are probed on the goosebump-inducing “1-800-273-8255,” which features rising stars Alessia Cara and Khalid. (Yes, that is the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.)

Everybody is powerful and inclusive, which is made evident by the investment and commitment of his collaborators. Its power was also showcased by the multiple fans who took the mic during the Q&A literally fighting through sobs to express their gratitude for the man and his music, some referring to him as a savior, while others called him an inspiration, and one particularly affected fan said Logic is the closest thing he's ever had to a father figure. The documentary is a tribute to Logic’s unstoppable passion and portrays him as the creative tour-de-force he truly is. Logic has made it very clear his next album will be his last, but to expect plenty more art to come from him in other mediums as well as music.


**Event photos courtesy of Liliane Lathan for Getty Images