If you've followed Logic's career, you know he counts Kanye West as one of his biggest influences. He's spoken to this very publication on his appreciation for 'Ye, used his production style for inspiration, and named him as one of his top five favorite rappers of all time.
So it may come as a surprise to hear Logic critique Kanye on "America" off his new album Everybody. While he raps about Kanye in a positive manner, he also calls into question how the legendary Chicago artist has handled his political views as of late:
George Bush don't care about black people
2017 and Donald Trump is the sequel
So shit, I say what Kanye won't
Wake the fuck up and give the people what they want
Man it's all love, but the youth is confused
Your music is 20/20 but them political views
Is blurred, and I ain't trying to leave your name slurred
'Cause honestly I idolize you on everything, my word
But I gotta say what need be said
'Cause I ain't fuckin' with the hat with the colors that's white and red
Prior to the release of his new album, Logic took to Twitter to share a message about Kanye and what fans were about to hear. "I love Kanye," he wrote. "He's one of my greatest role models musically... remember this."
I love Kanye! He's one of my greatest role models musically... remember this... 🙌🏼— Rap Larry David (@Logic301) May 5, 2017
Logic knew it would be a topic of conversation, and why wouldn't it be? He's sharing a critique of an artist he's looked up to. That, and Kanye has also been criticized in the past for his stance on Trump.
Clearly Logic felt some type of way about it, otherwise he wouldn't have included the raps on a song that also happens to feature No I.D., one of Kanye's biggest influences.
Logic spoke with Genius about his lyrics, and mentioned Kanye "inspired me to stand up against even him."
And he's not the only rapper who has been critical of 'Ye in recent times. It's general consensus that J. Cole also had some bars for Kanye on "False Prophets." And to bring this full circle, J. Cole counts as one of Logic's favorite rappers.
You can stream Logic's Everybody here.