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Logic Discusses ‘YSIV’ & The Legacy Of His ‘Young Sinatra’ Mixtape Series On ‘For The Record’

Logic’s new album YSIV has arrived, marking the fourth installment of his Young Sinatra series that began as mixtapes in 2011. It’s been five years since Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever dropped in 2013, and many fans were surprised to see Logic resurrect the alter ego that played a pivotal role in his early career.

The Maryland rapper recently sat down with Genius' Head of Artist Relations Rob Markman to discuss the project as well as the legacy of his Young Sinatra series. He also took some time to reflect on how Mac Miller inspired him and respond to criticism that his music is “too positive.”

Logic explained how Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller inspired the Young Sinatra concept. “All these people had these things, and these kind of alter egos, and just vibes. And I wanted that,” he said. “And then I had just got the idea. I always loved Sinatra and just the Rat Pack and everything they did and represented back then in their time. I was like, ‘How cool would it be if I kind of brought that to what I was doing?’ And after I did those raps… it just came to me. And I was like, ‘Yo. I’m just gonna call this Young Sinatra.’”

He also touched on reception to the uplifting message of his music. “I think most people who have a problem or issue with me, have a problem or issue with themselves,” he said. “I think that’s really what it is. Like I’m positive dude, I came up from where I came from, through struggling and adversity, and made it, the underdog. The person who wasn’t supposed to be here. Food stamps, welfare… And to be able to make it out of that, out of that negativity and the violence, and all this bullshit and be here. It’s crazy but to be here for a positive message.”

Check out the interview in the video above and catch up on all of the lyrics to Logic’s YSIV on Genius now. Stay tuned next week for another new episode of For The Record.