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Album Review: Bobby Tarantino III by Logic

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Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, or more known by his stage name Logic, is an American rapper and songwriter. You may remember that Logic decided to retire back in 2020 with his final album, No Pressure. However, things quickly changed when he announced this project. Even though it's been about a year, I'm still excited to try out a new Logic project, especially this new one, Bobby Tarantino III.

The first track from the album is introll. The track opens up with a smooth and jazz-like beat that reminds me of some of the tracks off his previous project, No Pressure. I'm really loving the beat on this track, but Logic isn't really doing anything on this one, besides using a few ad-libs and as a mic warm up it seems. He always gets to the point where it sounds like he's going to start rapping, but just keeps us waiting for more.

After that, we finally have our first rapping track from Logic titled Vaccine. This was one of the singles for the project, and if you watched the podcast, I tried to hold off on listening to any of the singles. Just listening to the track, we get some electronic notes, and then we have the classic Beastie Boys sample, The New Style. I don't really think anything is wrong with the track, but it just seems short and Logic isn't able to get much through his verses.

Get Up features some more electronic sample bits, as well as an acoustic guitar. It just seems like a complete 180, especially since Logic sings a bit on the chorus of the track. Sadly, I have to admit that this track is slowly growing on me. There are points on this track where it seems like he's trying to copy Drake, but who isn't these days. Logic seems to talk about how his friends and family helped him 'get up' through the hard times in life.
 
My Way is another track that features Logic singing. Before we get into the lyrics, the beat is something I wouldn't have really expected. We have some long drawn out synths that seem to carry out for the majority of the track. We do have some regular hip hop drumkits come in, but it just doesn't really seem like Logic to do this. On this track, Logic talks about just having a good time and doing things the way he likes it.
 
Call Me has more of a laid back hip hop beat. It's not quite like a jazz-rap track, but it definitely highlights some of the things that Logic would do earlier in his career with these types of beats. The beat also seems very wavy with all of the reverb and other effects. Logic talks about having this person call him when they're feeling lonely or no one else is listening to them. He also talks about addiction and other demons people may be facing.
 
Inside is another slowed down and laid back track. However, it's quite different from the previous track. We have some light electronic bell sounds and some quiet strings. We also have the usual trap-styled drumbeats. Lyrically speaking, this could be a follow up to the previous track, or at least on being the other side of things. He talks about some of the mental health issues he's tackling and how he's feeling on the inside.
 
Flawless is another track that starts to open up with some reverbed synths. This definitely sounds like an 80s vibe with the beat and Logic's singing. Eventually Logic does get back to his rapping during the verses. Well, lyrically, things are getting a bit... graphic to say the least. There were memes on social media talking about 'horny Logic' and this is where they get that. The second verse just goes into it, but it's not the most detailed thing I've heard on a track.

Stupid Skit is literally what you would expect it to be. Besides the lyrics, the beat is actually pretty chill and I would have loved if Logic would rap on it. Back to the lyrics, it's basically a person saying they're robbing them and then takes her purse. The voices are odd, so take what you will with this skit.

Theme For The People marks the shortest track on the project, minus the skit and introduction of the album. Also, Logic finally gets back to his normal rapping without the singing and it's over something he's been doing early in his career. It's basically just Logic freestyling over this beat, I'm just upset that it's under two minutes in length. There's several different things Logic talks about, but he does name drop a few people throughout the track.

God Might Judge opens up with a sample from Mint Condition titled U Send Me Swingin'. Besides that, Logic opens up and talks about how this is like a Kanye track, or at least something from his debut project. I can kind of catch the reference, at least with the sample added in. Also, this is another track where people are calling out for 'horny Logic' with the lyrics. That's probably another reason why I'm not digging this track as much, especially during the slow down of the track.

See You Space Cowboy... is a more trap-infused beat, but of course we have the usual hard hitting Logic again. Also, if you haven't caught on, this beat was on one of Logic's leaked tracks, 88 Bars, so some people may have the connection. We also have another beat switch up towards the middle of the track to get a more fun and piano filled beat. I don't know what I think of the outro since it's just a long line about how he came back to rapping.

The final track we have on the album is untitled, which is a short two minute track. We get some vocals and light piano to open the track up. We eventually get some more jazz instrumentation join in when Logic starts rapping. While people have pointed out that it's supposed to be similar to Live from the Country, this version just seems that much better and smoother. It's also a clean way to close the album so I can't complain with this track.

Well, I don't think we were expecting an album from Logic this early since retirement. While it isn't terrible, there are quite a few misses, especially with some of the earlier tracks on this project. At least it wasn't another Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.
Overall Rating: 6/10
Favorite Tracks: Vaccine, Get Up, Theme For The People, untitled
 
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