Logic Brings ‘The Incredible True Story’ To Alumni Hall
World-renowned rapper and noted Quentin Tarantino fanatic Logic is preparing to take his sophomore album, The Incredible True Story, on a two-month long world tour in next week, but he carved out some time (and a flight) to rock with Alumni Hall on Friday night for SPA Day.
While a blanket of snow enveloped the Penn State campus, the Student Programming Association put together arguably the premier free hip-hop show the HUB has ever seen, and the Rattpack was certainly well represented. The line to get in formed early, snaking down two flights of stairs, around, and out the Bookstore doors.
Logic (given name: Sir Robert Bryson Hall II) took the stage to a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday, and boy was his 26th revolution around the sun a good one. Though he performed sans spacesuit — a staple and running theme throughout his newest piece of artwork — Logic was nothing short of special. During one of many personal interludes with the crowd, the Gaithersburg, Maryland, native dropped the two biggest reasons why he was standing on that very stage. “I’m fucking special goddammit. Every single one of you is special.”
Logic spun together a variety of songs from his vast repertoire, including a few of his early tracks from the mixtapes for the avid fans, he focused on dialing in his new album, The Incredible True Story, on stage. Logic shared that each new track he played, excluding the concert opener “Fade Away,” which he performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in early December, was live for the very first time.
Logic’s hour-plus-long set featured plenty of positive vibes over the stretch of nearly 20 songs, all while building a real connection with the audience. One lucky student even managed to toss his Rubik’s cube up on stage, so when Logic aced his trademark solve in no time, while freestyling, the crowd roared its approval. The tracklist for Friday night’s concert featured some real gems like an acapella version of “Ballin'” and a hyped up “Under Pressure” strewn throughout Logic’s new contemplative, extraterrestrial offering.
Logic enjoyed sudden notoriety after releasing a series of three highly-acclaimed mixtapes under his popular Young Sinatra title moniker. Young, Broke, and Infamous — Logic’s well-received introduction to the spotlight — piqued the creativity of Chris Zarou, who signed him in 2010 to his independent record label Visionary Music Group, of which he is still the proud headliner. The following year’s Young Sinatra yielded the beloved “All I Do” music video, while Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever pushed Logic’s stock through the roof by landing him on the XXL Top 10 Freshman List in 2013, the year he would also sign with Def Jam.
With two Billboard hit albums in his pocket (Under Pressure being the first), Logic has remained humble and appreciative of his countless fans. After bringing out his good friend Big Lenbo to perform “Young Jesus,” and later a new verse of his own, he shared a touching story about how Lenbo believed in him, giving him a place to stay and a chance to chase his dreams. “Almost a year to the day, I signed with Def Jam,” Logic said, “I told him to quit his job of 12 years.”
Logic kicks off an almost entirely sold-out The Incredible True Story World Tour with Dizzy Wright on February 4 in Vancouver, BC, playing 44 shows through April 4.
You can check out all of our pictures from the performance here. Thanks for a great show, SPA.