Hello, I’m MusiCommentator, and recently, I saw Black Panther. I was dying to see it, and I was glad I did! My family didn’t like it as much as me, so they must not be as cultured as me (don’t tell them I said that).
And now, let’s transition from talking about a movie focused on black rights to a song by a white rapper. Hey, you guys are the ones that voted for this, so don’t blame me. By the way, while talking about that post, thank you for all waiting so patiently for me to come back. I’ll reiterate that I just had a busy week, so thank you.
Enough of this sappy crap, let’s get to the real stuff! Logic has been a rapper I have been listening to since just before he released his “The Incredible True Story” album, which is one I would recommend to someone looking for some good conscious rap. I am a big fan of Logic’s music, especially of the album I just mentioned and his first one, “Under Pressure”. I did not think his newest album, “Everybody”, was a major hit, but there were a lot of songs on it worth checking out, like the “1-800” song and “Black Spiderman”. The song I’m reviewing today, though, is a sequel from a song that came from his “Bobby Tarantino” mixtape, his most popular mixtape to date. The “Bobby Tarantino” mixtape was his venture into the world of trap, a style he had not really covered before. He was able to make some great bangers, like “Slave II” and “The Jam” (the latter I talked about in my “Top 5 Best Trap Bangers Of All Time” list). My favorite song from the project was “44 Bars”, which, if you couldn’t guess, is the predecessor to the song I’m reviewing now.
Also, it turns out that I’m releasing this post on the day “Bobby Tarantino II” comes out, so that makes this all a lot more relevant.
On “44 Bars”, Logic became introspective and talked about his rise in the rap game and his affiliations with Def Jam Records, the label he is signed to, all over a somewhat soulful trap beat. I can imagine that this is a beat Kanye would make if he still focused on soul/funk samples. Knowing how great of a song this was, I had high hopes for “44 More”, especially since I have not reviewed a good song on here in a long time. Did it live up to my hype? Well, let’s see.
Just like the original, this song only has one verse that lasts the entirety of the runtime. Like most trap songs, it starts off with just the melodic instrumental, then brings the trap percussion in. I guess I should say now how great of a beat this is! The reversed instruments in the front half of the track give an eerie feel, only preparing you for the rest of the track. The beat switch-up with the vocal samples on the second half of the track, too, is phenomenal. The switch-up does not just happen like in some songs, but brings in certain parts of the beat to prepare you for the change. Truly a great trap piece. But, I cannot go any longer without looking at the verse.
“Ayy, b*tch, I’ve been goin’ and goin’ like the Energizer
Yeah, I’m supplyin’ the wood like Elijah”
That first line is pretty good, comparing himself to the Energizer Bunny by how he is always “going” with his raps, but the second line is kind of cheesy. The only connection is that there is a famous actor named Elijah Wood, and Logic is supplying the wood. “Supply the wood” isn’t even like a slang phrase or anything, so it doesn’t make any sense.
“Finna push it to the ledge
Yeah, I’ve been smokin’ my meds
Ain’t got no love for the feds
Can’t let fame go to your head”
If you’re trying to make 44 bars, I guess you do need some filler every once in a while.
“I’m finna kill it instead
I’m finna, I’m finna, I’m finna
Do it, do it, do it like I’ve never done it
And I wanna run it and I wanna keep it goin’ and goin’
Like infinity, be the only entity to ever rip it apart
From the start like this, from the heart like this
Finna murder it, a million miles a minute, no nitrous”
There are a lot of lines in this about Logic killing the rap game, and this is exemplified by his great flows in this song. Any time Logic wants to show his dominance, he always comes with quick flows that seem to be without any breaths in between. It’s honestly amazing to listen to.
“I-I been, I-I-I been down this road before”
I know vocal cuts like this are kind of Logic’s thing, but was that really necessary here?
“Finna get it like yeah, yeah, like yeah, like yeah (woo, woo, woo, woo)”
I hate when rappers say they’re going to do something like “yeah”. What does “yeah” mean in that case. I just feels like a lazy excuse to not write lyrics.
“I done made 20 million dollars (preach)
I don’t flex to be acknowledged (preach)
At this point it’s common knowledge (preach)
All you haters been abolished (preach)
You in the club throwin’ dollars, but I’m savin’ mine so my kids go to college (preach)
Or maybe whatever they wanna do (preach)
Just as long as they never say (preach)
“Daddy blew 20 million dollars (ayy)
He had to flex to be acknowledged (ayy)
He in the club throwin’ dollars and now cannot afford to send me to college (ayy)
Daddy just wanna be loved, just like everybody wanna be accepted (ayy)
But somehow he had neglected me and my momma for all of this rap shit” (ayy)
No, I cannot f*ck with that sh*t (ayy)
No, I cannot f*ck with that”
I know that that’s a long section to read, but I think this is one of the lyrical highlights of the song. Many rappers talk about blowing lots of money in short periods of time, one popular example seen in Travis Scott’s “Antidote” (“Blow the check on a weekend/I might do it all again”), but Logic here is rejecting that lifestyle in a forward-thinking manner. He does not want his kids to get a bad impression about money from him, so he is saving what he makes so he can send his kids to college, or pursue whatever career they want to pursue. It’s a good message to have in a trap song like this.
“I’m back again to snap again and godd*mnit, it ain’t no other way around it
Yeah, it’s happenin’ ’cause I’ve been livin’ in a world on my own
Leave me alone, I’m in the zone where I’ve been prone to destroy sh*t
You cannot avoid this, whack mothaf*ckas have annoyed this
Yes, you know I enjoy this”
There are a lot of lines in this that are meant to display Logic’s superiority by how good he is at rap, but I don’t think all of them work. Here it seems to work, but I was not impressed by lines like “I-I been, I-I-I been down this road before/Everybody think that they do but they don’t/Swear to God that they would but they won’t”. I don’t know why, I guess it’s just the timing and the presentation.
“Heard of us, we ain’t goin’ nowhere, it’s a herd of us”
This is clever wordplay, as it uses the way “heard” and “herd” are homophones to express how many people support him.
“Sold more albums my first week than Harry Styles and Katy Perry
If that ain’t a sign of the times then I don’t know what is, man this sh*t is scary”
I like this line, too, as it shows how he is a pioneer in the age of rap dominating popular music. He modifies the phrase “it’s a sign of the times” in expressing this, which works as a double entendre because Harry Styles’s most popular solo song is named “Sign Of The Times”. This is the type of wordplay I like to see in brag rap songs.
“Now my phone blowin’ up like ring
Like ring, ring, ring, ring, ring, ring, ring, ring, ring, ring, ring!
That Kevin Durant, I’m a champion”
I enjoy lines that use repetition of a word, then relate it the same number of something else. That’s a contrived way to describe it, so I’ll give a hypothetical. If I said “I’ll make album after album after album after album, call me Katy Perry”, it would work because, at the point of me writing this, Katy Perry has released four official solo albums under her stage name. That doesn’t work here though, because if my sports knowledge is up to date–which it might not be because I don’t know much about sports–then Kevin Durant had won one championship, meaning he has won one ring. Logic says a lot more than that, so he should probably take off eleven rings. But, I’m just being nit-picky now.
Overall, this isn’t a bad song. The only gripes I have with it are in the lyrics. I feel like there is a lot of filler. There are too many lines that just don’t add anything to the song, or it’s something that was said before but with a couple different words. I know he had to fill 44 bars, but the original had the same quota and did not have any filler like this. The good outweighs a lot of the bad, however. The beat on here is a great one, and Logic comes with flows that are great even by his standards. Plus, since there are lots of good lyrics on here, the filler feels like epic lead-up to these good parts, similar to when a boxer takes a few second break in between major blows so his attacks pack more punch. I’d give this song a 4.5 out of 5. Do you agree?
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