Logic | 02.29.16

He hit the stage stronger and harder than he ever did before.

The Pageant, St. Louis


It was another lively night on the Loop, and another sold-out show at The Pageant. Hoodie Allen and Kyle were there the week before with a full house, and Logic had one-upped them, with the balcony filled and just as many people waiting outside that day, before doors. The construction had caused some parking issues, but that wasn’t gonna stop any of these fans because this was the first time Logic had hit St. Louis.

The Incredible World Tour has been making its way across the world, and this tour seems unlike any other show of his. I have seen Logic in Chicago at least three times in the last few years and it was always a great time. Upon the release of his sophomore album, I could tell he was trying to make a change. After disappearing for a while, writing out the story for the album, and just learning how to enjoy life again, Logic came back out—and was different. The music is still familiar to his old fans, but what drives it is different now that he isn’t as hungry, and that isn’t a bad thing. Within the album, it’s harder to note a change besides the overall structure. In the live show, though, the difference is very clear for anyone who has seen him live before. I can get into that later, though.

The show started with Dizzy’s DJ warming up the crowd. When I walked into the venue, hands were up and all the lights were on; it was confusing, but exciting. Everyone was ready for this show to start—and the coolest part? No long list of openers that no one wanted to see. Dizzy came out and the energy was there instantly.

My favorite thing about a Logic show is how much the fans support anyone, too. I don’t know how many people were actually Dizzy fans, but I know they all were trying their hardest to pretend to be the second he hit the stage. After hitting hard early on, Dizzy had to switch it up. The highlight of his performance was when it got mellow and he performed “World Peace.” He quickly picked them back up with some newer cuts. With no special lighting or anything added to his set, Dizzy rocked the show without a doubt. Nothing else was needed; his performance spoke for itself.

After a brief intermission, the setup became clear. There was huge LED panel in the back and the DJ booth up top. DJ Rhetoric has been Logic’s DJ for a bit now; I don’t think I have ever seen a hip-hop DJ put in this much effort. The crowd was already pumped so it was hard to get them more hype, but he did. With a nice mix of everything from Kanye to Queen, Rhetoric really wound up an already crazy crowd.

Now it was time for the final act: Logic, the young DMV rapper who has been touring for years already. Logic has a religious following of fans, and for his first stop in St. Louis, I was surprised to see how many of them actually lived here. With a bright red entrance, something similar to a Ye’ performance, Logic stepped out on the stage gracefully and immediately kicked into gear.

Going into the set, I knew instantly this was a new Logic, just like I was saying before. He remained true to his albums when it came to his set list, which shows he doesn’t want to go back to his old mixtape ways. His lighting choice was very impersonal, which shows reclusiveness. I think all this (and the content of his new music) leads to the fact that he is sort of reevaluating himself, attempting to change the way the world sees him, and it’s respectable.

He hits the stage stronger and harder than he ever did before, and delivers to the crowd in a less personal way, but one that is more impactful. He goes in early with the hits “Like Woah” and “Young Jesus,” featuring his good friend Big Lenbo. He is not playing around anymore and I think this tour is the one to prove that.

A Logic show is something that is sort of rare for our city—and it is something you do not want to miss if it comes back our way anytime soon. | Cory Miller

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