Logic recently met up with Zane Lowe for an in-depth chat on Beats Radio 1 about his success, and his explosive single "1-800-273-8255" that brought mental health awareness to the mainstream, as well as possible new creative endeavors.
Speaking to Logic at his home, Lowe asked the rapper to explain the nature of his relationship with success. Lowe brought attention to the duality of the way in which Logic expresses his feelings on monetary, professional, and personal success.
Logic explained, "Growing up I lived in like, a box rather than this place, which is insane. I didn't even think about that, I thought more so about just trying to make it. Forever for me, it was just about trying to make it and become a known person, and loved and revered in hip-hop and the culture. But then I even realized that that isn't really important. What's mainly important is just the fans and the connection that you have as a man and an artist." Logic then explained that he came to this realization during the process of making 2017's Everybody. This type of success surely uprooted the now 28-year-old rapper's life, but his most recent deal with Def Jam was the real life-changing turning point.
“So going from Section 8 and food stamps and welfare to 200 grand was life-changing, but the life change I’m talking about is the $30 million-dollar deal I just signed. That shit freaked me out. I felt like a target," he explained. This new deal will likely bring about Logic's latest album which he described filming in Maui along with a live orchestra, calling it a "fusion between James Brown and Red Hot Chili Peppers."
The two also discussed the hit single that launched suicide awareness into a mainstream music genre, and what that meant for him as an artist. "Thinking back to my first album, I was in the studio trying to make club bangers and I was just so confused, and now as a 28-year-old man I'm so happy I didn't have a hit record until it was that record, because now the whole world knows who I am, they know what I represent, they know the motto: peace, love, and positivity."
Logic later mentioned that Kid Cudi also played a large role in influencing him to speak out about mental health, mentioning the time in 2013 when he joined Cudi on select dates of The Cud Life Tour. "He was the dude that was like, 'It's OK to be sad, it's OK to talk about these things and go through these things,'" Logic said.
As the talk winded down, Lowe got to talking about future prospects, the possibility of kids, or new eras. "I think about all of it. I think about music, I think about film, and it stretches, because I'm already on my third film from my fourth novel," Logic admitted, trailing off, "People look at me and they're like, 'Yo, chill out.' But yeah, I do think about that. I think about children, I think about anything, and nothing, I mean who knows what's to come."
When it comes to movies and books, Logic got to geek out, describing his opportunities to try his hand at both. "It's a work of fiction, but it still stems from my life. It's funny because it's about a guy who's writing a book for the first time. I'm on the last stage of editing it."
Logic revealed of his nearly-finished first novel, Supermarket. He was a little more tight-lipped when it came to the film, but explained that he wrote an original movie that was intended to be an personally-funded "indie" style flick which got the greenlight when he showed it to a mysterious buddy in film who he "reveres and really appreciates" who proposed to make it.
Watch the entire interview with Logic and Zane Lowe above, and check out his latest project, Bobby Tarantino II.