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Maryland rapper Logic surprised many (probably most) when he made XXL magazine’s “2013’s Freshman Class” cover, then signed to Def Jam less than a month later. With his new song, “Now,” the Gaithersburg native has fired a warning shot at everyone who emerged from the woodwork with dishonest words and smiles in the wake of his recent success. Whether they’re frenemies or fans feigning loyalty, Logic scrutinizes them all with a skeptical eye over crisp snares and other drum corps-worthy percussion arranged by producers Swiff D, 6ix and Arthur McArthur.
Like many artists coping with their initial taste of success, Logic has encountered people who only view him as a meal ticket, especially since he was placed under the spotlight so abruptly: “Goddamn everybody wonder who I am/’Cause I came out the cut like a stitch in your hand,” he snaps. Logic remains lyrically sharp when employing a staccato flow, and “Now” definitely panders to the improving weather, but the song feels like a heat check (no pun intended). He’s aware that he’s capable of better, but had to make a point here: During your rise, keep your friends close and everyone else at a stiff-arm’s distance. Logic also announced his While You Wait tour, which begins in Atlanta on May 22 and wraps at the Fillmore Silver Spring on July 1. In the interim, keep an eye out for his While You Wait EP.