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.’