Album Review | Logic – Young Sinatra IV

This album was released on February 28th this year. It’s the sequel to Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever, which was the first Logic project that I ever listened to. That was back in 2013. I remember there was a shit ton of hype behind that project. I don’t really think this project has that much hype since it’s been kind of overshadowed by Tha Carter V, but Logic has a pretty sizable fanbase, so I’m sure it’ll do well. I’m really hoping this album is a step up from his previous album, ΞVERYBODY. That’s his most successful project to date, but it’s easily the weakest album in his discography. I think Logic is a talented MC, so I was pretty disappointed by it. I really don’t know how I’m gonna feel about this project in particular, but the tracklist looks kind of promising. I’m expecting this to be a solid album. It’ll probably be good, but not great. We’ll see though.

1. Thank You featuring Lucy Rose & The Rattpack produced by Vontae Thomas & Rascal

This track starts with a skit featuring the same characters that first showed up on The Incredible True Story. This is the final Young Sinatra project. Steven Blum’s character says “let’s get back to this boom bap shit,” which is a good sign. I definitely prefer Logic over that style of production. The beat on this track is pretty good. Logic kinda sounds like Drake if he was a better rapper on this first verse. It’s a pretty cool verse. His singing on the chorus is solid. Lucy Rose just provides background vocals. “The Rattpack” is the name he gave his fanbase. The song ends with an onslaught of voicemails from them talking about how much they appreciate Logic’s music. It lasted a lot longer than I needed it to, but I get that he probably wanted to include as many as possible. The song is a thank you to his fans. I enjoyed it. This is a cool track. It’s not gonna blow anyone away, but it’s enjoyable enough. I fuck with this.

2. Everybody Dies produced by 6ix & CuBeatz

This was the third single released from this album. I think it’s a pretty decent track. It’s not amazing or anything, but it’s pretty solid. The beat’s pretty good, and the first verse had some nice lines. The bar about having more verses than the Holy Bible was kinda cool. The second verse was solid. His flow was nice. The hook is alright. I think this is a decent song, but I’m never gonna listen to it again. Nothing about it stands out enough for me to wanna hear it more than once. It’s not really bad at all, but nothing that he said was that interesting. It’s cool though. Just not that good.

3. The Return produced by 6ix

This was the second single from this album. I think it’s a bit catchier than the previous track. I like the melodic beat from 6ix. The first verse wasn’t bad. The hook’s decent. The second verse was cool. The third verse was definitely the best one. I don’t know man… I mean, I like the song, but it just feels like… I don’t know. I feel like Logic can do better than this. He didn’t really say anything that interesting on this track. He shouted out Jay-Z & said he wants to get on a track with him. What rapper doesn’t want to collaborate with Jay-Z though? I won’t be surprised if it ends up happening. I just don’t really care about anything he’s saying. I feel like with every album Logic has dropped his verses have become less and less interesting. Don’t get me wrong; I enjoyed this song to a certain extent. I think it’s good. It’s just far from great in my opinion. It’s dope though. I fuck with it.

4. The Glorious Five produced by 6ix & Matthew Crabtree

The beat on this track is dope af. The first verse is about Logic’s rough relationship with his father. Apparently his dad asks him for handouts. WE DON’T GIVE NO HANDOUTS AT FOCUS HIP HOP. THAT AIN’T HOW WE ROLL. The melodic hook isn’t bad. This is definitely my favorite song on the album so far. I’m still not really blown away by Logic’s rapping, but I think this is a much better song than the first three tracks. I like how his flow sped up for the last few lines of the second verse. This track is dope. I don’t really have any problems with it.

5. One Day featuring Ryan Tedder produced by 6ix & Ryan Tedder

This was the first single from this album, and I have to be honest; I really don’t like this song. I’m not feelin’ the vocals from Ryan Tedder on the hook, nor do I care for the poppy piano driven production. I don’t think it’s trash. It’s just too poppy for me. I’m never gonna listen to this again. The verses did absolutely nothing for me. One thing I can definitely appreciate is the music video. Whoever directed that shit did a great job. It’s got a really great message. This is definitely my least favorite track so far. There’s not a single aspect of this song I enjoyed. I didn’t care for the production, or the feature from Ryan Tedder, and the verses did nothing for me. It’s not the worst Logic song I’ve ever heard, but I didn’t enjoy this at all.

6. Wu-Tang Forever featuring Wu-Tang Clan & Jackpot Scotty Wotty produced by 6ix & NAZ.

This is definitely my most anticipated track on the album for obvious reasons, although I have no idea who the fuck Jackpot Scotty Wotty is. I just did some research, and by “research” I mean I just googled Jackpot Scotty Wotty. There wasn’t a lot of information about him, but I saw some guy say that he was apparently supposed to be in the Wu-Tang Clan, but he turned into a crack fiend. I don’t know if any of that is actually true though. Anyway, this song is really dope. It feels like Wu-Tang featuring Logic. Not every verse is fire, but none of them were really bad. I’d say U-God had the weakest verse. Ghostface started things off really well. I mean, Logic had the first verse, so he technically started it. He did his thing. It’s just one verse after another. It’s long as hell. Jackpot Scotty Wotty fit in pretty well with the other guys. I kinda wish GZA’s verse was a little longer. He only spit like 8 bars. I guess it’s not that big of a deal. The song’s long enough as it is. I’m not blown away by this track, but I definitely enjoyed it a lot more than most of the other songs. The verses honestly got less interesting as the song progressed, but it’s still a good track. It’s dope.

7. 100 Miles & Running featuring Wale & John Lindahl produced by 6ix & Logic

This track has a much brighter beat than most of the other tracks. It’s pretty good. The first verse from Logic was decent. I feel like Logic says a bunch of random shit that doesn’t really mean anything. It’s like the lyrics don’t really have much meaning. He just says a lot of random bullshit.

I’m the motherfuckin’ man, ‘least I’m feelin’ like I am
Got the whole wide world in the palm of my hand
But don’t give a goddamn, I’m Sam, I am
What that even mean? I don’t know what you talkin’ ’bout

The hook from John Lindahl is fine. It sounds like it’s performed by a woman. Is John a unisex name? Whatever; it doesn’t matter. Wale’s verse was pretty good. Logic actually snapped on that final verse. He repeated a lot of the same lines, but his flow is faster than a motherfucker. It’s rare to hear people flow like that. This is a good track. I’m still not blown away, but I definitely enjoyed this track. It’s dope.

8. Ordinary Day featuring Hailee Steinfield produced by 6ix

This track is actually really good. This is the kinda shit I wanted to hear more of on this album. I love the simplistic, yet melodic production from 6ix, and Logic’s flow on the verse is fantastic. The long winded hook isn’t that great, but it’s not really bad enough to make me dislike the song. I think Logic’s a decent singer. Hailee Steinfield sounds pretty good singing her little bridge. I feel like I probably would’ve liked this song more if it had more rapping than singing. I think it’s one of the better songs on the album sonically though. It’s dope.

9. YSIV produced by 6ix

The beat on this track is dope af. It’s really smooth. The first verse was pretty good. He sampled the hook from Life’s a Bitch by Nas. It sounds good over this beat. The second verse starts off with the same lines that he spit on the YSIV Freestyle, which he used to announce this album. I really love the way the beat switches up halfway through the verse. It’s smooth as hell. He rapped pretty well. Towards the end of the verse he tells a quick story about two guys who got caught up in some dumb shit and then got blasted into oblivion by the police. It doesn’t really have anything to do with the rest of the song. It’s cool though. I like this song a lot. It’s definitely one of the best tracks on the album. He had a few words for Mac Miller at the end of the song. Apparently Mac Miller is one of Logic’s greatest inspirations. It’s really unfortunate that Mac died at such a young age. I was never really a fan of him as a rapper, but Larry Fisherman was one of my favorite producers. Anyway, this song is really dope. I don’t really have any problems with it. It’s really good.

10. Street Dreams II produced by 6ix

The beat on this song is dope af. This song is actually different from the rest of the songs lyrically; he’s telling a story about how his wife got kidnapped by some guy and the ransom is a million dollars. The entire track is a super chaotic story. Logic killed a shit ton of people. 6ix ended up getting shot to death by the police. The way the story ends is actually pretty cool. At the end of the song it’s revealed to have been a dream, hence the title of the song. I think this is the best song on the album so far to be honest. I really enjoyed this track. It’s dope af to me.

11. The Adventures of Stoney Bob featuring Kajo, Slaydro & Big Lenbo produced by 6ix & Kajo

This song is another ode to marijuana, much like Indica Badu, which showed up on Bobby Tarantino 2. The first verse from Logic was decent. The hook from Kajo is decent. The second verse from Slaydro was pretty weak to be honest. It sounds like something I could’ve written. Big Lenbo’s verse was a little better, but it still wasn’t that impressive. This is a pretty underwhelming song to be honest. I don’t think it’s bad, but it’s not really that good. I’m never gonna listen to this again. It’s decent though. I guess…

12. Legacy produced by NAZ. & Sunny Norway

I’ve listened to this entire song already, and I don’t think I’m ever gonna listen to it again. I feel like it’s a decent song, but I just didn’t really enjoy it that much. I like the structure of the song. Logic’s rapping the entire time. There’s no hook. Logic’s rapping from the perspective of a father who focuses so much on his legacy and work that he doesn’t spend time with his family. He switches perspectives a few times. I think it’s a solid track. It just didn’t really captivate me. Nothing about the song really stood out in a positive way. It’s definitely not bad though. It’s just average to me.

13. ICONIC featuring Jaden Smith produced by NAZ. & Sunny Norway

This song was clearly inspired by Jaden Smith’s most popular single, Icon. The production is really fuckin’ good. It actually kinda reminds me of the Icon beat a little bit. It’s the hardest beat on the album. Logic actually slaughtered that first verse. His flow was fuckin’ awesome. I’m not really crazy about the way the beat switches up for the final verse. Jaden Smith didn’t have a verse. He just said a few words right before Logic’s final verse. The song started off really well, but the last verse was just kinda boring to me. I still think this is a good song though. It’s dope.

14. Last Call produced by 6ix & Izaiah

This song is inspired by Kanye West’s Last Call, which is one of my favorite songs of his. This song in particular has a really good beat. The way Logic transitions from talking to rapping is pretty cool. This is a cool track, but I don’t know if I’d ever wanna hear it again. It was kinda to cool to hear about Logic’s come up, but it doesn’t really make for a listenable song. It’s over 10 minutes long. I’m never gonna sit through this again. It’s not really bad though.

This album is kinda good. I think it’s slightly better than Everybody. It’s a very flawed album though. There weren’t really any moments where I was truly blown away. I think the production’s pretty good, but Logic’s rapping just didn’t really impress me on a lot of these songs. He rarely says anything truly interesting on this project. Honestly, I don’t think we’ll ever get a Logic album as good as Under Pressure again. We’ll probably be lucky if he tops The Incredible True Story to be honest. There are a solid amount of good songs on this project, but there aren’t many “great” songs, which keeps this from being as good as Logic’s first album. It’s a solid project though. I’d recommend it to hardcore Logic stans. It’s a solid album. I fuck with it.

Favorite Song: Street Dreams II
Least Favorite Song: One Day




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