Hip-hop and Seinfeld nostalgia rarely intersect, but then Logic is not your typical rapper. The 24-year-old Gaithersburg, Maryland, native is in town on a promo blitz for his debut album, Under Pressure, and asks to meet me for breakfast at Tom's Restaurant, the Morningside Heights spot known as Monk's Diner to fans of Jerry, Elaine, and George. He's ridiculously punctual, unheard of in hip-hop, and really nice about my tardiness (even more unheard of). "You watch Seinfeld?" he asks, after ordering a tuna sandwich on white bread, toasted, with light lettuce and cheese. "Jerry Seinfeld is the type of dude who would break up with a girl because she eats her peas one at a time."
Born Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Logic's regal name and pop-culture affinities seem more suburbia than his tormented, impoverished, and downright fucked-up upbringing. A light-complexioned, blue-eyed biracial child -- he absolutely hates when people incorrectly categorize him as a "white rapper" -- he grew up with a white mother who battled prostitution and addiction while his father, who is black, was addicted to drugs, even scoring crack from Logic's brothers. Terrifying violence was the norm, and Logic recounts seeing his mother and sisters sexually assaulted. His own best friend is currently serving a 14-year prison sentence for stabbing and disemboweling a man on the sidewalk, due to what he believes was a drug deal gone bad.
Somehow, Logic took this as a cautionary example and went the other way.More »