Uprising rapper Logos The Poetic delivers his debut album Death, The Fool, a 10-track conceptual project that follows a character who confronts death with much temerity. The project has a myriad of styles and sounds and weaves in a mix of trap, lofi, experimental and alternative elements.


“Intro” sets the stage for what is to come with its cryptic exposition and storytelling which follows the protagonist on an unexpected meeting with the Death character. His true purpose is questioned by Death whose ulterior motives are displayed from the jump. “Hades” is the follow-up track, an aptly titled song that sees Logos The Poetic teaming up with Habeeb and Forrest Link for an energetic offering. Over the cinematic textures, rich guitar licks and drums, the emcees take turns expressing themselves even under duress. Lines like “Ok, Definitely I ain’t with that talking, I’m trying to preserve my energy” are delivered calmly while the anthemic chorus helps raise the energy levels accordingly. “Limón” is a sombre and reflective track made up of sad chords, soft downtempo drum grooves underpinned by Logos’ laidback melodic flow and candid lyrics like “Too many niggaz not willing to give up the props to me/Too many critics that making a living off- off they doubted me/Too many real ones have died on me”. Here, he also talks about the naysayers, detractors and phony individuals who he came across over the years.


“Adonis” continues the dark theme with a pounding drill-infused backdrop made up of plucky synths and moody textures. Here, Logos delivers a fiery performance rap with unfiltered bars and rhyme schemes that explore the Adonis concept and its interconnectivity to modern women. The next track “hubris” employs a cinematic sample that exudes nostalgia and Logos does it justice with his graphic lyrical showing. The chorus asserts the rapper as he finds the true reason for him being here while lines like “This Kodak moments come from a lens that don’t lose focus/The hunger’s real, the plate’s stale, this tummy’s bloated/Its in the name but we don’t wait to put the plan in motion” which details his momentum and hunger for success. “Snapshot” is a reflective and sentimental record that takes listeners deep into Logos’ troubled mindstate. He brings listeners into a world where personal loss, paranoia and longing have made him question this thing called life. In the chorus, he reaches out for help and pleads to the universe to show him the light.

“Hit Up Olympus” is a storytelling track that explores Logos’s travels through the world alongside a certain lady whose actions are subject to change. Backed by the solemn piano riff and sparse drum groove, he is also joined by Slumdogg who adds his own 2 cents to close up the record. “Fever”  is a guitar-driven track that is quite sorrowful and reflective. Here, Logos employs a plethora of flows, cadences and melodic runs underpinned by a pained emotional tale of depression, self-doubt and a slow journey to finding his true North. Abby Huston also joins him on the track with a subtle melodic background vocal performance. “Hera” is a dedication to the entity of life and it’s a short spoken word piece that showcases Logos’ versatility and overall adds a change of pace to the project.


“Loopin” is the final track where Logos is once again confronted by Death and here, he rises up to the task by going forth with what his spirit tells him to do. Over the experimental soundscape made up of distorted electric guitar riffs, ethereal synth pads and downtempo grooves, Logos gives a solid performance ripe with introspection, wishful thinking and eventually triumphant energy as he spits “Y’all be posing, aimless focus/I’m in motion/toe to dome, my fingertips/Winter’s closing, wolves is on me/Bag is on me, sheep’s clothing, it better fit”. The record continues on and changes its aesthetic into a slowed-down, pitched-down vocal-driven piece until it totally fades out into nothingness


Death, The Fool is quite distinct and weaves together some thought-provoking narratives that center around relatable themes and while the balance between topics might be a bit light, overall it gets the job done.





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