“YSIV”: Sinatra Has Evolved

The Maryland rapper Logic went back to his roots with “YSIV,” a rap album that reflects on the records that inspired him throughout his triumphant rise to fame.

Logic always seems to create projects that speak to a diverse set of fans. Following the success of “Everybody” and the second iteration in the “Bobby Tarantino” series, “YSIV” is a victory lap. It’s an album that pays homage to his beginnings but also feels refreshing.

Logic establishes his versatility at the beginning of the album with “Thank You.” It has a smooth and effortless melodic beat that is reminiscent of old Logic. The rapper has always talked about wanting to explore his singing abilities, and he does so on this song. The eloquent beat is a great warm-up for the rest of the album, establishing Logic’s love and appreciation of his fans.

Two of the four singles that were released before the album — “Everybody Dies” and “The Return,” — follow “Thank You.” The two singles are quality and did a fantastic job of getting fans excited for the album.

“The Glorious Five” is a punchy, triumphant return to the Young Sinatra persona. The J. Cole ad-lib at the beginning adds a nostalgic touch that really exemplifies the entire album. It’s a tribute to the persona that got Logic to where he is today. 

“Wu-Tang Forever” establishes Logic as a die-hard hip-hop fan himself. Every true hip-hop fan will be in love with this track: over eight minutes of pure Wu-Tang flow is as overwhelming as it is special. Somewhere, Drake is crying because Bobby successfully got the whole clan on a track.

“100 Miles and Running” is, without a doubt, the most lighthearted and impressive track on the album. Jon Lindahl adds a fun high-pitched, ’80s-like chorus, while Wale comes back from the grave and kills his verse. It’s only fitting that the D.C. native is on the track, and Logic nods to that in the title with the name of Wale’s third mixtape. The song takes an unexpected turn at the end thanks to Logic’s signature mind-blowing, tongue-twisting flow. In Logic’s last verse, he manages to rap at an insane pace of eight syllables per second.

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Logic touches the hearts of many on “YSIV” thanks to a moving Mac Miller tribute. The track reworks the freestyle that he released when the project was announced. The six-minute song switches beat halfway, after which Logic delivers a heartfelt tribute to the late Pittsburgh rapper, who inspired Logic’s Young Sinatra persona in the first place.

“Street Dreams II” is a sequel to an old track from Logic’s first Young Sinatra tape. With four minutes of pure storytelling genius, it’s a track that reminds fans of Logic’s hard upbringings, while also solidifying his storytelling abilities in a world where many rappers would much rather talk about drugs and alcohol.

“The Adventures of Stoney Bob” is another lighthearted, weed-centric ballad. It’s a fun, flowy song with plenty of clever lines that fans know and love. “Legacy” is a track that tells another great story, in which Logic questions who he is and how he wants to be remembered.

“ICONIC” is arguably the hardest song of the album. It’s four minutes of Logic rapping over Jaden Smith’s “ICON” beat. It is an awesome throwback to Logic’s old mixtapes, where he would rap over other rappers’ beats.

The final song of the album is “Last Call.” The song is essentially a 10-minute ballad about Logic’s come up. Despite the length, it’s a heartfelt track that further proves how much Logic’s life means to him and how much he appreciates his fan base.

In the end, die-hard Logic fans that were expecting “YSIV” to be an album similar to “Welcome to Forever” are going to be disappointed if they were expecting an old, raw Logic.  “YSIV” just shows a new Logic, one that still throws it back to the roots, while also pointing towards new possibilities. With production quality at an all-time high, it’s safe to say Sinatra has evolved. He’s still the same Young Sinatra that fans know and love, but one that appreciates his come-up and is looking toward the future.

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