Something has to be said about dropping a quality project per year, for five straight years. That’s what Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, better known as rapper Logic, has done from 2011-2015. Criticism aside, the Young Sinatra series together with his two major label debuts have cemented Logic as one of hip-hop’s hardest workers and also one of its most talented emcees. However, when it comes to the Maryland rapper, it’s impossible not to mention the criticism. He’s gotten flak over his “biting”, borrowing, sampling, and straight up copy-paste of other rappers.  Logic says he is simply inspired by these artists (Drake, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole), but the hip-hop community is hell-bent on genuine originality. Rap popularity king, Drake, escaped a massive assault by the skin of his teeth, regarding his credibility this past summer from ghost writing allegations. Mainly, it seems as if he borrows from all of his inspirations without making something of his own…yet. With that being said, Logic is only 25 years old with a good enough work ethic that should lead to a style of his own, if he hasn’t already found that sound. Also, his focus on lyricism is nothing to sneeze at. IBtimes writer Will Lavin says, “Ever since he dropped his first mixtape in the Young Sinatra trilogy back in 2011, it was clear Logic was special. There was something about a kid who was born in 1990 that could spit rhymes like a young Nas mixed with Das EFX that demanded attention”. Logic did away with reading blogs and critics to make a truly cinematic album based on sci-fi and futuristic themes. Released from the pressure of playing it safe and keeping people happy, the rapper made a “nerdy” album concept that plays as a soundtrack for a space voyage.                                                                    Image via Instragram Logic wearing one of many space suits while promoting True StoryMain characters include Quentin Thomas and William Kai, two pilots looking for a habitable planet after Earth is destroyed in 2065. The concept of the album actually does not have too much to do with the music, other than little skits incorporated throughout the album. The album begins with “Contact”, an awe-inspiring intro that is Kanye inspired, using the same drums from “Amazing”. We get dialogue from Kai and Thomas that introduces this album as “the album that changes everything”, Logic is putting unnecessary pressure on himself here. We then hear “Fade Away” as Logic begins with a song transcribing his legacy as one that will always remain intact. It’s becoming obvious this is, in Logic’s head, a make it or break it type of album for him. Although, even with the titling of his first album, Under Pressure, he seems to put a lot on himself and sees succeeding as an only option. The album continues with “Upgrade” and “White People”, two largely forgettable tracks, the latter being a skit. Next is “Like Woah”, as it feels as if the album is going to start picking up momentum.  However, the hook is extremely bland and forced, and a bit corny. The hook, “Like woah Through it like woah Through it like woah Going through it like woah You already know You already know”, quickly gets repetitive and hard to listen to. Logic rebounds with “Young Jesus” ft. Big Lenbo, a 90’s cut in which the two rappers engage in a swift, well executed back-and-forth that compliments the Maryland duo’s flows to a tee, certainly one of the best tracks on the album. “Innermission” follows, which features guest vocals from Lucy Rose in a simplistic song interplaying the space theme of the concept album.  “The Cube” and “Lord Willin” follow, two largely forgettable tracks. “City of Stars”, probably the most controversial song on the album, follows. Taking a page out of J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive “Fire Squad”, the rapper swings for the fences with a powerful statement. Logic raps, “I love Hip Hop and I hate Hip Hop Cause people that love Pac hope that Drake get shot Cause he raps about money and b****es, for heaven's sake Pac did the same s**t, just on a drum break”.  HipHopDX writerKellan Miller summarizes the song saying “Commencing with cooled harmonizing over a sprawling instrumental, Logic pens a breakup song with the genre he loves and reserves the waning moments for an impassioned confession, criticizing the racial politics of Hip Hop.” The album continues its upward momentum with “Stainless” ft. Dria. “Babel-Scene” follows and is probably the most important skit on the whole album as the characters contemplate the fate of humanity, which Logic loosely ties into the music. The album continues it’s strong second half run with “Paradise” ft. Jesse Boykins III, “Never Been” and “Run it”. All songs are reminiscent of his Young Sinatra tapes that compliment his flows and highlight his voice. The album closes with a jazzy cut “The Incredible True Story”, saying “So they wonder who am I, so high I said they wonder who am I, so high”. The line is a fitting close to the album; a lot of listeners know who Logic is personally through his story and his trials and tribulations, yet his critics have struggled to find his own sound in the grand landscape of hip-hop. Logic discussing the hot topic regarding his "biting"His sound is more so a little bit of everyone else’s. In a discussion regarding the authenticity of Logic’s music, DJBooth writer’s Nathan S said that “What would Logic sound like if he was making music that was totally, completely his? I suspect it’d sound something like greatness. I’d love to hear that greatness”. Not all critics give Logic grief like he wants to think, in fact he is amongst the most critically acclaimed rappers in hip-hop when dealing with projects. That does not take away from the idea that there seems to be something missing from his music, whether it is the originality, the concepts, or the hit-making ability. Logic’s music does not necessarily grab you, rather it invites you to join with concepts and a grandiose appeal that does not necessarily fit the bill. I don’t know if I would call him a try-hard, but as talented as he is, it still seems a bit forced. Logic is getting closer to reaching his potential, and The Incredible True Story is a step in the right direction. 7.5/10