Everybody’s Tour is indeed for everybody.
I’ve been a fan of Logic since Under Pressure – meaning I wasn’t around to witness Young Sinatra in his early stages, nor was I unfamiliar with him as Bobby Tarantino. When Everybody was available for purchase, it became my religiously played opus, and revealed a side of an unheralded Logic who tackled problems amongst the bi-racial community, blacks and whites, social media, suicide, and anxiety to say the least. The end of every run of Everybody convinced me more to see him where Young Sinatra fans say he’s at his best: his tour.
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Everybody’s Tour, which features Logic, Joey Bada$$, and Big Lenbo, began on July 7th in Salt Lake City, UT. Getting the opportunity to view the Los Angeles show was an unforgettable experience for reasons that come down to three things: his openers, stage performance, and audience engagement.
From the jump, the idea of having Big Lenbo and Joey Bada$$ as openers is an enticing move for hip-hop heads. As the first hip-hop act under Logic’s Elysium record label, Big Lenbo marked himself as a true intellect of the genre with a performance of his 90s sounding tracks off Strange Days. Although I came too late to watch his opening performance (due to the fact that the ticket had said the concert starts at 8:00 PM), I could hear the crowd screaming out “Big Lenbo” from the parking lot. As recently stated in our exclusive interview with Big Lenbo, the RattPack rapper looks to work on his stage presence, however, it didn’t sound like a problem whatsoever.
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After purchasing some merchandise tees, I made it on time for the first half of Joey Bada$$’s set. I had not seen Joey live before; hence I was surprised on his involvement with the crowd. There were numerous times when he had us repeat his team with “Pro-Era-Era-Pro-Era-Era-Era,” and even called for three mosh pits after calling all his real fans to ground level. As a fan of his most recent project All-Amerikkkan Badass, I found myself hyped for records like ‘For My People’ and ‘Legendary’ and enjoyed records off 1999 that I was unfamiliar with. But the hearing a mixture of records I didn’t know and Joey’s all-around engagement prepared me for what was still to come.
Before Logic hit the stage, bright lights and angelic visuals appeared on screen, and instruments that constructed Everybody’s opening record ‘Hallelujah’ set the mood for a night filled with peace, love, and positivity. I expected Logic to play Everybody straight through while mixing in some of his previous work, but I was shocked to realize how much he spoke to us and the entertaining shenanigans he pulled off on stage.
Just like the 3rd studio album, Logic’s set provided loads of insightful commentary that told us much about himself and his team, which related to the audience on a personal level. He highlighted the RattPack members individually, and even called upon his newest personal assistant Juan Ramirez on stage for us to say, “Fuck you, Juan” jokingly.
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He gave a number of shout outs to his fans by individually pointing them out and asking for their name and age. With one female audience member who initially refused to give her age was called a “punk” by Bobby Tarantino himself, which enticed laughs from herself, Logic, and the entire audience. He even had us sing the birthday song for an audience member who could verify his birthday with his ID. Though neither of these things had directly to do with the other 5869 audience members, I couldn’t help but feel entertained by the fact that he truly loves and appreciates his fans.
At times his appreciation flew beyond his fans and reflected toward his Elysium family. Judiciously, he highlighted all his signees: Big Lenbo on ‘Young Jesus’ and his standout track ‘Stupid,’ his wife Jessica Andrea whom he shared a performance and a Kodak kiss on ‘1-800,’ Damian L. Hudson on ‘Black Spiderman,’ and John Lindahl on ‘AfricAryan.’ This was apt move by Logic in terms of production and promotion.
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However, I’d say the most entertaining part of the night was his intermission that comprised of a round of Mario Kart. Yes, he played Mario Kart with one of his homies from backstage, and I heard he played with KYLE on the first night in Los Angeles. As soon as I thought to myself, “I’ve never seen this at a concert before,” he asked us, “You probably never seen Mario Kart at a rap concert before, huh?” He pointed out the obvious, but even that was nothing short of entertaining, and Logic being Logic.
In all honesty, it seemed like I went to a kick-it session with Logic and the RattPack. Although he played all his familiar records from his discography, his audience engagement – his strong suit that is unparalleled to any other performer I’ve seen – is what made this night truly unforgettable. Moments when he told us to repeat, “I’m special” and “I’m alive” in between tracks ‘Take It Back’ and ‘1-800’ felt empowering. Because really, when do we actually say those words aloud?
Moments like Logic singing and playing the piano (which he advocated as a talent he’s trying to work on), and telling us to work on any talent we felt like mastering, made him seem like a regular human being.
To be able to feel empowered by a rapper’s words and actions that had nothing to do with actually rapping proved that Logic is amongst the best performers of all time. Everybody’s Tour is indeed for everybody to witness.
Everybody’s Tour goes on through November 5th across the United States and Europe.