5 Logic Rhymes That Every Athlete Should Be Memorizing

  • 5. "War Vet" (Rack City Remix)

    This song needed to be remixed by a true lyricist. Sorry, Tyga. For an original chorus that recites the same lines over and over, Logic sure scripted some nice lyrical content.

    Lyric 1: “Dispersin’ verses like a free throw. I’m Michael, the king, you f*cks is Tito”

    Why it is important: This is a sports blog, so let me pick some sports lines. Free throws are supposed to be easy enough, so Logic is letting the world know that all this comes easy to him. His second line is nice because it is a double meaning. “I’m Michael” is possibly talking about No. 23 since he just talked about basketball. But then he goes on to reference Michael Jackson’s nickname and then diss the competition as MJ’s brother, Tito.

    Lyric 2: “Like Jordan when he balled, never stumbled, never fall/Lyrical medicine. Repeat the formula until I get it right like Edison/Now step into my mind as I calculate lyrics like Einstein”

    Why it is important: Did Logic just reference Michael Jordan, Thomas Edison, and Albert Einstein in the same breath? Yes he did. You find another rapper that can do that.

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    4. "All I Do"

    Lyric 1: “I know we fight, but that’s poquito. Unless you do me foul like a free throw, then we’re finito.”

    Why it is important: Logic uses a basketball reference to let the ladies know what they can and cannot do. The Maryland rapper also uses three different languages in two sentences. That isn’t easy to do.

    Lyric 2: “Fame, but I shall attain on the road to success. Bumping Jay in the H.O.V. lane.”

    Why it is important: Logic continues to get more and more famous with every day that goes by, but yet promises to stay humble the entire time. It’s something any athlete should be looking at. How do you go to that next level and yet still know where your roots are? How can you conquer the game and yet still remember the fundamentals?

    The next line is a Jay Z reference. Paying homage to one of the greatest while also appreciating the many nicknames that Jay Z goes by, aka HOV.

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  • 3. "Numbers"

    Lyric 1: “Just a youngin’ with a dream, that acquired a team. Motivated by bad b*tches and rockin’ supreme.”

    Why it is important: If Mark Cuban had a lyric to define himself this would be it. Like Cuban, Logic is a young entrepreneur with a strong team behind him. Chris Zarou is the brains behind Visionary Music Group, Logic’s independent music label. Why do we all work long hours and make money? For the women and the nice clothes, of course.

    Young athletes are all motivated by dreams. Become the best. Make it out of the hood. Become famous. Be like all your heroes. It’s always good to step back and take a moment to reassert your belief in yourself, in your team, your family and friends and homies. Never forget what you’re playing for.

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  • 2. "24 Freestyle"

    Lyric 1: “Tour coming soon, man, I know the tickets finna sell/Really, coming for everybody’s Achilles.”

    Why it is important: This one is for Kobe. If the Black Mamba’s in town, you know the tickets will sell, just like Logic’s national tours. Let’s just hope Logic comes back with another lyric about he’s Coming back from an Achilles injury, finna win a championship.

    Lyric 2: “Hit you like Hiroshima then intercept/Check it, yo, see now all the real fans know the album goin’ to be crazy.”

    Why it is important: This is a great lyric for Darrelle Revis or Richard Sherman. These two cornerbacks will either lay down a hard hit on you or intercept the quarterback. Hi, Colin Kaepernick. Logic’s new album is going to be crazy, and it’s going to hit harder than just about anything else in music this year. Call him the Dashon Goldson of rap.

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  • 1. "Man of the Year"

    Lyric 1: “But you wasn’t there in the beginning/Nowhere to be found when I was down. But you show up when I’m winning/Uh, left me to drown, now I’m swimming.”

    Why it is important: This line is a pretty defining one for all of you bandwagon fans out there: not appreciating a team when they are losing, but miraculously becoming a fan when they start winning. Logic is basically letting you know that it’s not cool to be a fan now that he popular, especially since you were not rocking with him when he had nothing. After all this hard work, all this determination and motivation, he’s swimming in cash. What athlete can’t get down with that? That’s fuel for every midnight shooting session, every leg day, every suicide drill.

    Lyric 2: “Greatest of all time, I want the world addressing me.”

    Why it is important: The only reason an athlete should play a sport is to try and become the GOAT. That’s the ultimate goal, right? It’s all a competition and only the strongest, like Logic, can survive.

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I wasn’t as smart as @TwirlyHatMatt, but I have been a fan of Logic for a long time.

Someone took a screenshot when Logic had 2,061 Facebook fans, not too long ago at all. The Maryland emcee had 464,822 likes when I started this article. Be sure to tweet me how many he has while you are reading this sentence. Now I’m not saying I have been a fan since the very beginning, but I do believe I recognize talent when I see it. In this case, when I hear it.

Logic is dope. He has a distinctive flow, a strong team behind him, and most importantly a core fanbase that reminds me of a smaller Kid Cudi army. I say that knowing that Kid Cudi strongly supports Logic’s movement. Last year, Cudi invited Logic to open for him on his “Cud Life Tour.” As a fan, it seemed like this tour is the one that helped Logic realize he had star potential. Today is going to be a very special day. Logic’s debut album Under Pressure has dropped under the Def Jam label.

I’ve been hearing the same criticisms about Logic since I first started listening to the high school dropout. Looks too white. Has a very young audience. No radio hits. You know what Logic would say to those criticisms? “I don’t give a f*ck!”

I don’t blame him. Doing some quick calculations, you can guestimate that Logic takes home anywhere between Ab-Soul and Tyler, The Creator on the Complex “How Much Does It Cost to Book Your Favorite Rapper?” scale. To put it into simple terms, that is between $20,000-$60,000 per show. Logic has sold out New York City’s Irving Plaza, where Ab-Soul performed this past October. Logic sold that venue out twice, while Ab-Soul’s didn’t fully sell out. Logic did technically open for Tyler on the “Cud Life Tour,” so $60,000 per night may be a bit of an exaggeration, but I think you get the point. Logic has, at the least, created a nice income for himself while enjoying the perks of being young and semi-famous.

Under Pressure, in all of its Graduation/m.A.A.d. City glory, dropped today, and to celebrate, we’re breaking down 5 Logic Rhymes That Every Athlete Should Be Memorizing. All of these lyrics are meaningful, clever, and downright fuego.

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