feature: louis logic annihilates rap stereotypes one-by-one

March 7, 2014

At a time where people are gleefully taking the most stagnant of musical genres to new directions, to the chagrin of the purist detractors, the timing of louis logic’s (all lowercase) return couldn’t have been better. For those following as closely as possible to his work, louis logic’s career was made to annihilate rap stereotypes one-by-one, all with wit and the honesty of your average alternative brotha. One review compared louis logic briefly to Busdriver, but only mentioning his occasional speed-rapping attempts. One other thing he shares in common with Driver is his unapologetic portrayal of the mind of an average black dude.

By Lightning Pill, AFROPUNK Contributor

While the majority of rappers are clearly down with O.P.P., logic openly portrayed the cuckold’s point of view on a Sin-A-Matic track. While most rappers would claim to be able to pull their share of women, louis logic portrayed the point of view of a guy who is afraid to talk to a pretty girl. While rappers were talking about popping bottles in the club, louis’ whips out “Factotum”, a track that is basically about being an alcoholic. Just when you think that the rap game has faced enough deconstruction, louis logic even manages to put to shame most rapper’s reasoning for stepping away from the rap game.

“A Day Late and a Dollar Short” addresses this directly with him admitting his reasoning was due to a lack of confidence. To fix this, louis stepped out for a while and studied voice, piano, and music theory before returning to write, produce, and play on the whole album. Don’t be surprised, if he pulls out his party trick of rapping while playing the piano. (Didn’t know rappers can do that, huh? Now, no ignoramus should EVER be able to say hip-hop isn’t music again!) On this album, he tackles nihilistic realism with the vocal tone to boot (the title track), homophobia and bullying (“Big Fish Eat Little Fish”), hipsterism and trust fund bloggers (“Chip Of the Old Blog”), and his interest in real love (“They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To”). He sings his own hooks, composed all the music, yes. Just when you thought he has run out of tricks, Louis demonstrates what he had learned with a closing track about both a failed relationship with a winking reference to his 7-year break (“Leaving Again”).

When rappers disappear for something like 7 years, not only do most fans assume that an artist just doesn’t have it in him anymore, but the artists in question would usually return with more bravado to show they still got it. Any idiot can spit bravado about rapping better than the next dude. Hell, I don’t even rap, and I have done that once or twice before. But how many rappers out there are willing to use it to look in the mirror and shout “It’s not okay. Everything’s not alright!”, then shamelessly rap about their grievances the way louis logic does, especially in a culture that mindlessly embraces the act of not sharing their true feelings via wax or mp3?