Logic: Bobby Tarantino II

In the spirit of Logic’s campaign for peace, love, and positivity, this review is going to begin with the remarkably small amount of positives in Bobby Tarantino II. Firstly, “Indica Badu” deserves praise. For what is essentially a weed ballad, Logic delivers some of his smoothest flows and Wiz Khalifa comes through in rare form, making us nostalgic for the Rolling Papers days. Khalifa aside, Logic himself brings us back as well on “Warm It Up,” an aggressive set of trap bars that reminds us why we started listening to him in the first place: Young Sinatra. 2 Chainz, who is remarkably starting to define himself as a rapper, and Big Sean provide solid features and quips on the less than memorable “State of Emergency” and “Wassup”. They really became the best of the most mediocre on that pair of tracks.

Now, it’s time to be honest. There have been too many YouTube videos made comparing Logic to Quentin Tarantino. It is one thing when Quentin Tarantino borrows shots within the context of his own original art and it is another thing for Logic to make entire songs based on the sounds of other artists. “Midnight” and “Boomtrap Protocol” borrows far too liberally from the likes of Travis Scott and Swae Lee to make the case that they are merely ‘inspired.’ Logic is simply proving once again that he is committed to copying and only furthers the argument that he lacks a truly original style.

The moments on Bobby Tarantino II where Logic veers away from other artist’s styles are the moments that seem the most forgettable or bland. While “Contra” and “Wizard of Oz” catch the ear nicely during a listen-through, they simply aren’t strong enough to bring the listener back to the album. “Overnight” seems to capture some of this energy, but it, too, falls short of being a true banger or at least a catchy tune. The video game inspired production can only do so much in the way of drawing on our desire for “Super Mario World” from the original mixtape. In the end, this is the real problem for this mixtape: it just is not as good as its good-ish predecessor. “44 More” puts this point into a song. “44 Bars” will always find room in a playlist that 44 More just doesn’t have access to.

Before we conclude, let’s talk about “Everyday.” That song is everything that nobody asked for. The flashy production doesn’t make Logic’s horrendous vocals any better. It’s always okay to sing, but it’s always important to know how long you can sing. Logic does not really have three and a half minutes of singing in him. This song has single handedly made a mediocre tape a bad tape. It is that bad.

The problem has always been an inner desire to like Logic for he who is and being unable to like the work he produces. In reference to the intro, I wonder if mixtape or album Logic has a place in my spaceship. With the release of Bobby Tarantino II, that answer seems to be a harder and harder ‘no.’

Rating: 4.0/10

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  • Dilan Niroola says:

    Its funny how you think you can talk trash about someone who is just putting his music out ther and wants to make others happy when you yourself cant understand that Logic isn’t doing this to be cool or rich. He just wants to make music that people enjoy, and frankly, most people would rather listen to his mixtape time and time again before anyone would want to read your hate review on him. Maybe you should really reconsider doing some research on the artist’s music you want to diss before inputting your own opinion in a public article and making yourself look like a fool. I can understand you expressing your opinion on maybe how the mixtape isn’t one of his best works (which it is), but dont use ignorant phrases like “he lacks truly original style”. I’m sorry, I dont see ANY other artist bringing up issues like suicide and racism in their music. Yeah that was on the Everybody album but this is his time for fun. he does this stuff for a living and by you writing these hate articles, you are trying to shut down his career and you should be ashamed of yourself. Now onto how this article was a complete waste of your time. You think that Bobby Tarantino II was a bad mixtape but 10 songs of his are in the top 100 forbes list. DO YOUR RESEARCH IDIOT. Also, not only are these songs in the top 100, both Midnight and Contra are in the the playlist. A-list: Hip Hop. Now I will say it again. FREAKING DO YOUR RESEARCH MORRON.
    I have a theory, Roberto. Maybe you are trying to take down Logic and these other artists because you are insecure about how you have achieved nothing in this world. Maybe being a reporter isn’t good enough for you so you have to hate on talented people who literally had it way worse than you but are still for wealthy, hard working, and cooler than you.

    I’m sorry but by writing this article you look like a damn idiot.

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