This month spawned the release of Maryland rapper Logic’s third studio album, Everybody. These days, it’s challenging to come across a new hip-hop album that doesn’t have SOME allusion to social injustice and the struggle against political oppression (this idea is further explored in the analysis of Joey Bada$$’s All American Bada$$). Needless to say, Everybody was full of it. This is not to say that it was on par with the work of even Joey Bada$$, let alone J. Cole or Kendrick Lamar. Starting with a less-than-thrilling “verse” of the Killer Mike ranting about socio-political issues (an underwhelming misuse of his many talents), the album was far from flawless. It does, however, do a few things differently from the aforementioned records. Here are some of the biggest take homes from Logic’s Everybody.
The collective concept of Everybody is based on the short story The Egg, by The Martian author Andrew Weir. The short compiles the aspects of many religions into one coherent theory: everybody who has ever lived is a single soul, and once that soul is reincarnated and has lived every life in every time period, they essentially become a god to further lead another soul through a similar concept. While Weir intended this to be an entertaining science fiction tale, Logic turns it into a deliberate social commentary about how we should act under the assumption that all of humanity is a single entity. Thus replacing hatred, bias, and violence with ideologies of equality. Some call it derivative, some call it a creative adaption. Whether or not this adaption is successful, it is definitely interesting.
Neil DeGrasse Tyson
The Egg plotline is laid out through a series of skits, while each underlying theme of the skit is developed in the songs. In these skits we have our car-crash victim Atom going to The Egg’s version of “heaven” to meet God… played by Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Absent is any sliver of astrophysics commentary, but the scientist instead merely acts. Is this another misuse of talent, or is it a colorful and entertaining audience appeal? Perhaps both.
In Everybody, Logic balances many things with the umbrella-concept of political oppression. As mentioned before, there are plenty of the science-fiction and fantastical cosmic allusions. But some of the other issues are what makes the album original. One of these is mental health. “1-800-273-8255” is an inspirational song serving as a loose letter for those dealing with depression. “Anziety” shares a personal story of how an anxiety attack can be a physical detriment to someone’s being. These are lofty attributes to Everybody, but meaningful contributions nonetheless.
A final theme Logic balances with political impression is his social commentary on interactions with media. In “Killing Spree” he states: “Everybody scrollin’ scrollin’ through they life” and “Everybody looking for the meaning of life through a cellphone screen.” This theme keeps in line with his ideas of treating each other with respect and eliminating ego.
Speaking of J. Cole, the final track (spoiler alert) features a hidden, uncredited verse by the rap legend. The verse is especially meaningful because of Cole’s recent concept album 4 Your Eyez Only tackling similar concepts, as well as both Cole and Logic’s biracial identity being a major theme in both of their collective discographies. Cole puts ties a bow around Everybody’s overall concept, in many ways better than Logic could have. The verse was a meaningful additive many fans were pleased with.
J. Cole was not the only thing hidden on the final track of Everybody. “AfricAryaN” readdresses the concept of Logic’s previous album, The Incredible True Story. In it, the two characters reveal that the rapper has one final album. Mic drops.
Here is a more in-depth discussion of the final reveal of Everybody and other Easter eggs throughout.
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