In his first-ever Complex cover story, Logic sits down with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson to talk about his new album Everybody, which focuses on his fight for equality. It's without a doubt his most ambitious project yet.
“When I started creating this album two years ago, it was before my other album was even out," Logic recalls. "I was writing, and it just so happened to be that a lot of the subject matter I’m discussing on this album, which is the fight for equality of every man, woman, and child regardless of race, religion, color, creed, and sexual orientation—because I believe that we are born equal, but we are not treated equally.”
At its core, Logic's music is fundamentally positive and focused on the future, and that is evident on Everybody. Logic double downs on this line of thinking during his conversation with Neil deGrasse Tyson.
“I’m just here to say, ‘Just be a good person, and really respect others.’ I’m proud to be biracial, and there’s a lot of people that say things like, ‘I don’t see color,’ and I completely understand that, but I think different is beautiful, but I think our difference shouldn’t separate us, and for me in this era, in this time, in everything that we’re going through my whole thing is just about unity man."
This also shows up on “Take It Back,” where Logic fights for his own identity in hip-hop and in life. The album-ending track “AfricAryaN” provides more context to Logic's journey through life, and even includes a hidden verse from one of his biggest influences, J. Cole, who is also biracial.
Logic opens himself up for scrutiny on Everybody, but it also serves a purpose, which is something to appreciate in this era of rap.
You can watch Logic's Complex cover story here.