Logic – Under Pressure Review

Logic is a fantastic rapper. His rapid flow and multi syllable rhyme schemes help him to craft storylines that engulf the listener and ensnare them into continuing to listen and learn from him. This project shows his story telling abilities and how he can combine and intertwine that story telling into what comes across as a concept album of his life.

The production is good on the album. While not the cutting edge of current Hip Hop production, it fits together with what each track is trying to say and lends a good foundation for Logic then to build on. Some of the production was handled by Logic himself which could explain why he fits so well with the project, he built most of it by himself.

The lyricism is strong and full of imagery as he paints a picture on each track that makes it feel like you are actually experiencing what is being rapped about on the track. His particular style is very Kendrick Lamar-esque and everyone knows how good a lyricist he is. Logic may not be as well known as Kendrick at this point but with some time and more promotion, he may well rival him as the best lyricist of this generation.

With no features, this makes a change to most rap albums these days which are so packed with features that you forget who’s album it even is. This helps to keep the story telling crisp and clean, without being marred by other people getting in the way of Logic’s point of view.

Overall, this is a fantastic album for listeners and for Logic. As his Def Jam debut, it is a great introduction into the main stream music world and a fantastic introduction into a new and possibly more profitable audience. Logic should be proud of this album as it sounds crafted and not just a collection of songs.

Hilltop Hoods – Walking Under Stars

While this is a more radio friendly and emotionally connecting album, it still has all the ingredients of a great Hilltop Hoods album. As this is considered the second part of their “Drinking From The Sun” project, which was a light hearted and cheery project it does make sense this has some more emotional and almost dark songs.

The Hilltop lyricists showcase why they are considered by many the height of Australian urban music with wordplay and punchlines to rival many of the world’s top artists. With the more emotional tracks especially, Suffa and Pressure MC both seem to put more passion into what they are rapping and it creates a much more powerful track than if they had kept to their regular flow.

The production is fantastic as it is so different to what is currently floating around the world of Hip Hop. In a land populated with such synthetic sounds, when you hear a proper real life instrument on a track, even if it is suspected it was computer generated, it is a breath of fresh air and can help create a sense of atmosphere. DJ Debris does a fantastic job mixing it together and it really helps to create a smooth listening experience.

Overall this is a fantastic album. While it may not appeal to all the hardcore Hilltop fans due to some of the songs sounding more “ready for radio” than previous projects. However this album is definitely worth a spin or two even for those people as it still has everything that past Hilltop Hoods albums have had, but with the possibility of expanding the audience.