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Peace, Love, and Misplaced Responsibility

Berklee Groove reports on the rapper's controversial set at the Agganis Arena in Boston.

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NOVEMBER 15, 2019

Last Tuesday, Logic’s Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Tour made a stop at Boston University’s Agganis Arena. After the opening acts, YBN Cordae and J.I.D. warmed up the crowd with their engaging and energetic performances, Logic’s band took the stage with a captivating light show and a chest-piercing sonic presence. Shortly after, Logic humbly stepped out, wearing his signature Bobby Boy Productions baseball cap, a winter coat and blue jeans. The crowd roared and proceeded to chant, “Bobby, Bobby, Bobby…”

Bobby stated his mantra, “peace, love, and positivity,” and encouraged everyone to enjoy themselves saying, “I don’t want to see any too-cool-for-school f---k boys out there. I want to see everyone enjoying themselves… We’re all family here.” Logic maintained the energy throughout the first three songs, one of them being his hit, ‘Everybody.’ His skill and speed as a rapper left some audience members in awe and sent others into a frenzy. Logic soon settled into a more laid-back vibe for his newest track, ‘OCD,’ and slowly turned up the dial again with ‘Overnight.’

About halfway into ‘Overnight’, Logic began teasing the lyrics to ‘Homicide’ in an effort to continue building hype, but it seemed to have the opposite effect – he stopped the music twice during ‘Homicide’ to scold the crowd for not bringing enough energy. In my opinion, this could have been avoided if he hadn’t teased ‘Homicide’ during ‘Overnight.’ I feel that teasing songs within songs works for lesser known pieces. A well known song inherently holds some form of expectation in the listener’s ear. Thus it would have much more impact if the transition was more abrupt, eliciting a more explosive reaction from the audience.

I also believe that demanding an audience, who paid good money to see you perform, to maintain the energy is indicative of a flaw in the show, rather than a lack of respect from the audience, which DJ Rhetorik suggested was the case from behind his deck. He made me feel guilty, which is not a feeling that I believe an audience should be made to feel. Stopping the music multiple times throughout a single track and scolding the audience creates an awkward environment within the crowd and forces them to focus more on pleasing the artist rather than having a good time as an audience member. In my opinion, the job of a performer is to entertain and hold a space for the audience. The audience’s reaction is the clearest reflection of the impact of a performance. If they are not enthused, I believe it is ultimately the performer's responsibility.

This theme seemed to continue as Silas took the stage for his song, ‘These Days’. His rapping skills were evident, but he spent a lot of time trying to hype the crowd. This is his first major label tour, so I feel that it’s only natural for him to still be refining his craft. Silas soon left the stage and was followed by YBN Cordae, who reignited the crowd with his skills as a performer through his energetic dancing and ad-libs as he rapped alongside Logic, and then quickly receded backstage again.

Regardless of how awkward it may have felt for some of us in the audience during segments of the show, Logic later went on to say, “This might be the best show of the tour so far. I know a lot of people will say that just to say it, but this energy tonight is really special.” Logic continued to spread peace, love and positivity throughout the show, bringing a young fan named Xavier up to the stage and giving him his signature hat, and giving shout outs to people who came with their families, saying, “It means so much to me that you all come here with your families. Thank you for that.”

Bobby Boy continued playing hit after hit, eventually allowing DJ Rhetorik to play his newest track, ‘Stranglehold’, as well as a few snippets of Logic’s unreleased material, only to be interrupted by a slightly irritated Bobby returning to the stage, scolding Rhetorik for playing his unreleased material. All a part of the act, of course.

Logic then continued to tease the audience with “one more song” after shortened versions of ‘Keanu Reeves’ and ‘Commando’ played one after the other, ending with a shortened version of ‘1-800-273-8255’ being interrupted by ‘Everyday’ before the second verse. ‘Everyday' brought out the most energy within the crowd, and vamped on the final chorus as Logic humbly bowed to each side of the audience and conducted us in some final woos and exited the stage. The band continued with a crescendo to a final hit as the lights went out and Logic’s logo displayed on the screens.

There’s no doubt that Logic is a force to be reckoned with as an artist. His lyricism, technical skill as a rapper, and entrepreneurial prowess – he also wrote a New York Times bestselling novel with a soundtrack to accompany it – are exceptional. While there may have been some flaws in the arrangement of the show, causing misplaced feelings of guilt and responsibility for the artist’s performance, the show was energetic and well-received overall by the majority of the arena audience, including me. It may not be evident in this article, but I am a fan of Logic, and I will continue attending his shows in the future, regardless of any minor flaws that may be present.


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