The hip-hop world is a competitive place to be. More so than any other genre of music, the credentials of a rapper or performer are constantly being sized up against another. It creates a hierarchical system that ultimately leaves a few rappers with the tagline of being the “worst”. One such rapper who has been lambasted with such a tag is Logic.
It’s not difficult to see how Logic would get such a comment. He is not exactly built out of the traditional rap make-up, instead, he’s performing as a shy and often vulnerable wordsmith. It has seen him become the butt of many jokes in hip-hop, including from Joe Budden.
In 2019, as part of the Joe Budden Podcast, the rapper called Logic “easily one of the worst rappers to ever grace a microphone” in a scathing assessment of his verse on French Montana’s song ‘Twisted’, which also featured A$AP Rocky and Juicy J.
“I’m going to be honest with you – I don’t know what they tell you at Def Jam, I know you sold a lot of records, I know you sell out a whole bunch of tours and I know just how successful you are,” Budden said, referring to Logic. “I have to be honest, you are horrible, man.”
Logic opened up about the comments while on New Rory & Mal podcast: “I read this and my heart rate explodes. And I’m like, ‘Oh my God’. And I go out, and I’m at like the [Madison Square] Garden and everyone is rapping my lyrics and shit, whatever. And I’m like, ‘I’m a failure’.”
“I’m being a man who’s honest and open,” he continued. “Joe Budden is a hurt person. I’m talking about Joe. It’s the first time in my career I have openly talked about Joe.”
He continued: “What I’m saying is, at that moment it was the height of me caring about what people say. It was the height of people’s opinions of me baring deep into my heart and affecting my everyday, my everyday life. And after that I was like, ‘I can’t do this anymore.’ And then I started focusing on what makes me happy.
“So when I stepped away it was to be the best dad I could. When I stepped away to take the time to do the due diligence to be a father and the best husband that I could be. And then I was like, ‘Damn, I’m the shit as a husband and a father, I need to start rapping again.”