Track Review: Logic, ‘Black SpiderMan’
Logic drops “Black SpiderMan,” the second single from his highly anticipated third album, ‘Everybody,’ arriving May 5, 2017.
Logic returns with the second single from his forthcoming third album, Everybody. After dropping “Everybody,” he returns with the intriguing “Black SpiderMan,” featuring Damian Lemar Hudson.
“Black SpiderMan” features lush, gospel-tinged production work, giving the record an exuberant quality. Logic sings the chorus, painting capable vocals over the spiritually-driven backdrop.
“I been feeling so down / I think they should know now / I think they should know what’s up / That’s that road I been down / I know how it go down / I know how it go now, what’s up / I feel like I don’t belong / I feel like my life is wrong…”
Following the spirited hook, he breaks into quick-paced, spirited rhymes. The central theme – everybody is included. He references his race, as well as his wife’s race to make the point that everyone should be treated the same regardless of differences.
“I ain’t ashamed to be white / I ain’t ashamed to be black / I ain’t ashamed of my beautiful Mexican wife as a matter of fact.”
Logic continues to explore the message, adding sexuality and religion to the mix.
“I don’t wanna be black, I don’t wanna be white, I just wanna be a man today / I don’t wanna be a Christian, Muslim, gay, straight, or bi, see you later, bye / Not perceived by the things I believe or the color of my skin / Or the fact I’m attracted to her, maybe him…”
The titular lyric arrives towards the end of the lengthy verse, with Logic changing the perceptions of familiar things. It begins with references to black Jesus, something few picture when thinking of the Son of God:
“Praise Black Jesus now call the preacher / Maybe Jesus was black / Maybe Jesus had dreads / Spiderman should be black / I vote for Glover instead…”
Following a reiteration of the chorus, there’s a bridge that once more mentions Black Spiderman, followed by a skit. The point, transcendence of race, religion, sexuality, etc. “Black SpiderMan” isn’t commercial by any means, but it yields a respectable message, particularly given tense times. Does Logic one-up “Everybody?” Not necessarily, but “Black SpiderMan” is an excellent companion piece. Sir Robert Hall can definitely rap, and the production is fire.