Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, better known by his stage name Logic (born January 22, 1990) is an American rapper from Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Born to an African-American father and Caucasian mother, Logic's childhood was far from ideal. One of seven siblings and half-siblings, he saw himself as the black sheep of the family for a plethora of reasons. His father struggled heavily with alcohol abuse and his mother was not only addicted to cocaine, but racially prejudiced despite being part of several interracial relationships. His mother was said to have used racial slurs against him, and due to inheriting most of his genes from her, he was also ostracized by his black peers for "appearing white", both of which led Logic to become conflicted about his identity. In the midst of racism, drugs, and violence, Logic became interested in rap at the age of 13, and first gained recognition with the promo Psychological: Logic - The Mixtape in 2009.
His first official release was the mixtape Young, Broke, & Infamous in 2010, which saw the birth of his musical alter ego Young Sinatra, inspired by Mac Miller and named after Frank Sinatra, Logic's favorite singer. Since then, he has garnered a very passionate fanbase, as well as the respect of several prolific figures in hip-hop.
Logic is well-known for his eclectic array of styles and impeccable work ethic. Since his first mixtape in 2010, he has released at least one new project every single year up until 2020. To date, he has released six mixtapes, five studio albums, and the soundtrack album Supermarket.
His sixth album, No Pressure, was released on July 24, 2020, after which he announced he will be retiring to focus on his family, at least temporarily.
- Young, Broke, & Infamous (2010)
- Young Sinatra (2011)
- Young Sinatra: Undeniable (2012)
- Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever (2013)
- Bobby Tarantino (2016)
- Bobby Tarantino II (2018)
- Under Pressure (2014)
- The Incredible True Story (2015)
- Everybody (2017)
- YSIV (2018)
- Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2019)
- No Pressure (2020)
Who has tropes? WOO!:
- Abusive Parents: Has gone on record saying that his mother was racist towards him and treated him abusively as he was growing up. In the song "Dear God", he raps about the time she almost choked him to death when he was only 9 years of age, with his voice breaking the further along he goes.
- Album Title Drop: It'd be easier to list the times he doesn't do this.
- Alter-Ego Acting: Logic has two additional musical personas: Young Sinatra (for his more lyrically-focused, boom-bap sounding material, named after Frank Sinatra) and Bobby Tarantino (for his more "turnt", trap-influenced songs, a fusion of his real first name and Quentin Tarantino).
- Author Vocabulary Calendar: There are a few words/rhyme schemes he seems to use a lot, particularly "automatic", "goddamn/I'm the man", "beretta", "escalated/hated", and "seems/dreams".
- But Not Too Black: It can be very hard to tell Logic is half-black at first glance. He's enforced the fact that yes, he truly is biracial, so much that it's become a running joke amongst the rap fandom, and in more recent years, Logic himself has come to embrace the meme even despite his genuine insecurities about it.
- Lighter and Softer: Compared to several rappers of his era. While he does use profanity, his music is generally lighthearted and positive. His uplifting, goofy personality has become somewhat of a signature trait of his, even outside of his music.
- Non-Appearing Title: 1-800-273-8255. Its the National Suicide Prevention hotline.
- N-Word Privileges: Downplayed. Despite being half-black, he rarely ever uses the word, likely due to his more Caucasian features being likely to rub people the wrong way if he says it. He has used the word on occasion, though.
- Older Than He Looks: Looked like a teenager up until well into his late 20s. It wasn't until the YSIV era when he started to look his age, thanks to shaving his head and bulking up considerably. He's in his early 30s as of 2020 and still looks a bit younger at times. References this in the song "Break It Down" when he says, "Look young, but I been a man".
- Platonic Life-Partners: With Big Lenbo, a fellow rapper and one of his closest friends since his late teens.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: Talks about his own experiences frequently in his music.
- Self-Deprecation: He definitely isn't afraid to make fun of himself. Notably, someone made a video compilation of every time he says the word "goddamn", and Logic reposted it to his Instagram because he found it funny.
- Talking Down the Suicidal: 1-800-273-8255. It worked both in story and Real Life.
- Verbal Tic: "WOO!"