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Logic’s Novel Soundtrack Supermarket: Triumph or Travesty?

By: Tyree Howard

Logic has always envisioned himself being more than a rapper. His creativity has always been on display, with his albums Under Pressure, The Incredible True Story, and Everybody. They are movies through music, as each album tells its own story, with skits and storylines similar to his favorite director Quentin Tarantino.

When he released his debut novel Supermarket, fans were excited to see his creativity expand to just words of his imaginative mind. According to the book’s website, Supermarket tells the story of a boy named Flynn, who gets a job at a local supermarket after being dumped and moving in with his mom. One day, he arrives to work, witnesses a crime scene, watches his world unravel, and sees ingenuity eventually manifest itself.

The novel quickly became the No. 1 Best-Seller on Amazon. Just a few days after its release, Logic unveiled a 13- track musical companion which holds the same name as the novel. The soundtrack album finds Logic in unchartered territory, playing with sounds of 1990s and 2000s alternative rock.

The album is immensely different from anything the Maryland-based rapper has ever done before, and it backfires.

This is evident on the album’s opening song “Bohemian Trapsody”; a weird ode to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”, the most famous rock ballad in music history. The two songs have nothing in common, except they are both over 6 minutes long.

The song contains three beat changes, no rapping, and a space-rock chorus. The song is very uninspiring and lacks substance, which is something Logic has always been good at.

On his last album, he has a Wu-Tang tribute featuring every living member of the group. His rapid-fire delivery and lyrics are what made Logic standout and what made him become a household name in the hip-hop community, but he completely abandons that on SuperMarket.

The instrumentals are lifeless, and sound like watered-down versions of what indie pop/rock songs are supposed to sound like. It sounds like Kid Bop’s versions of the genre.

But the lowest point of the album is the song “Lemon Drop”. It sounds like an exact copycat of a Red Hot Chili Peppers song; “Can’t Stop” or “By The Way” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers is what the song was supposed to sound like, but Logic executed it miserably.

The chorus is:

My vision is faded, my brain has calculated

How many licks to lick your lemon drop?

How many licks to lick your drop, drop?

….It might be Logic’s worst song to date.

One of the high notes on the album is the song called “Can I Kick It”, which is a reference to A Tribe Called Quest’s hit song sharing the same name. It has some of Logic’s best vocal performances, as he doesn’t try to do too much, but just enough to make the song be a standout track. He also raps on there, which is refreshing. However, I think the song is such a great track due to an exceptional performance from Juto. His soulful vocals are what bring the song to life, as he doesn’t attempt to sound like a singer like Logic is doing throughout the album.

Overall, the album is the sound of someone trying to take his music in directions far beyond what he is capable of. He’s a rapper, writing indie/pop and rock songs without having the slightest idea of what actually constitutes adequate songwriting in those genres. At the moment, it’s arguably Logic’s worse album to date. It’s a bad experiment gone terribly wrong.

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