Joyner Lucas has been getting props for his impressive freestyles over songs by Kendrick Lamar, Future, and Lil Pump, but he’s also been at the center of a beef with Logic. While appearing on Everyday Struggle, the Massachusetts rapper broke down in detail why he feels slighted by Logic and what went wrong between them.
Lucas says he was on Tech N9ne’s tour bus, where he got to hear some new records from Tech’s The Storm album. One of those was “Sriracha.” Lucas expressed interest on hopping on the record with Logic, but Tech felt that Logic wouldn’t be down with that move.
“I think he can rap. But I feel like he tries to prove that he’s black too much for me,” he says around the 38:40 mark in the video above. “It just seems like all his bars are just like, every other bar, every other song is ‘I’m black. Oh, I’m half-black and half-white.’ That’s cool, that’s who you are, it’s just too repetitive for me.”
Despite some gripes about him, Lucas felt the record would be a dope display of their fast-rapping abilities. After some reluctance, Tech said. “You know what? Fuck it,” and allowed Lucas to write a verse to it. Lucas says this is when things started to feel strange.
“I wanted to hear what Logic would do to it,” he says. “But we waiting and months go by. And finally, we get the record back and when I heard it, I could just tell he wasn’t too happy with me being on that record. I just knew.”
You can listen to “Sriracha” here, where you can hear Logic drop lines like, “Yeah, I guess I'm supposed to come with that fast flow/Woo! I guess I'm supposed to come with that gas flow” and “Tech, I'm sorry for the hold up but I been on the road/Should have had this verse to your ass a long time ago.” Lucas says certain parts of his verse felt like subliminals to him. Even Tech didn't like that Logic was telling fans they weren't in the studio to write the song.
Later on, Lucas explains an issue he has with Logic’s suicidal prevention song “1-800-273-8255.” He talks about showing some records to Logic’s manager, playing him the video for “I’m Sorry” and telling him the concept about his album title, (508)-507-2209. What’s more, he felt disrespected when he heard that Logic didn’t want to meet him or “new people.”
“I didn’t want to jump out the window and be like, ‘I’m the one who came up with the suicide song.’ Cool. You separating a good cause, my man. Let’s both do it. But at the same time, the Tech shit, this shit, the management. That’s what prompted me to jump out the window and when we went into interviews, that’s what prompted me to be like, ‘I think he corny,’” he says.
Lucas previously shared some of this before in an interview with Billboard a little after Logic's VMAs performance of “1-800-273-8255.” “Horrible timing,” he explained.
You can watch the full episode, above.