Maryland rapper Logic has been racking up praise on the Internet. On Friday night, his supporters turned out for a sold-out show at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom. Host to the 5,000-plus in attendance, the 26-year-old MC — dressed in his signature red spaceman suit — looked to the celestial paintings on the ceiling of the cavernous venue. Such is life in the aftermath of his recently released sophomore set The Incredible True Story, which landed at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart last November.
Raising the mic, he doubled down on the message that pushed him into the limelight, urging the capacity crowd of young, mostly white high school and college students to chant “peace, love and positivity.” The favor was returned raucously as hipster-leaning kids with blonde hair donned the same Apollo jackets while others tried to apply their best dance moves to boom-bap beats or came with parents in tow.
For concertgoer Asher Rapaport, Friday night’s show was his first hip-hop spectacle. Arriving with his father, Aaron, Logic’s show also welcomed him to the world of rap shows. “I’m definitely having a better time than I thought,” said Aaron. “[Logic]’s definitely one of the better ones I’ve heard. It’s pretty palatable.”
Palatable indeed. Logic (real name Sir Robert Bryson Hall II) has been the people’s champ to the SoundCloud generation since his highly praised debut, 2014’s Under Pressure. “Fade Away” was a crowd favorite as the Aragon drowned in deafening screams. Logic battled back with a motormouth performance that saw him rise to the occasion, including renditions of “Gang Related,” “Metropolis,” “Under Pressure” and “Im Gone.” Performing with just his DJ, Rehtorik, the 301 rep was free of frills while running through the gamut of his releases from ITS and Under Pressure, going as far back as his Young Sinatra days — his second mixtape was titled Young Sinatra with the follow-up dubbed Young Sinatra: Undeniable — with live versions of “Ballin” and “5AM.”
As the house lights came up, Logic took time from the set to look into the crowd, calling out specific fans by name, reciting inside jokes and first meetings. If anything was apparent Friday night at The Aragon, it was that Logic isn’t BS-ing anyone. “People have hated my whole career, said horrible things, and hateful comments, but no matter your opinion I AM A SUCCESSFUL MAN,” he wrote on Instagram a day following the show.
With an endearing message and the technical skill to back up his game, Logic is in a orbit of his own. With space-y images flooding the large LED screen in his set, Logic relished in the spotlight of his own Frank Sinatra-esque moment: doing it his own way.