Bobby Tarantino II is the 7th mix tape to come from Maryland rapper Logic and the 2nd to feature his arrogant and aggressive character, Bobby Tarantino. While his albums portray a certain message such as being able to do anything or that everyone is equal, this style of music is more “turn-up” meaning the lyrics aren’t as deep, the instrumentals are much heavier and are intended to be played loud. Logic is heavily inspired by Quentin Tarantino films which is not only the reason for the last name, but also the idea behind the front cover. The cover resembles a taxi scene during Pulp Fiction, and the Katana from Kill Bill can also be seen on the passenger’s seat. Logic is definitely worth listening to, and to find out more, you can read the profile here. As always the cover was painted by artist Sam Spratt. WARNING: There will be strong language during the songs.
The opening track “Grandpa’s Spaceship” is a skit including the infamous adult cartoon characters Rick and Morty. The skit explains the difference between mix tape and album Logic, as the rapper himself appeared for a cameo in the show, it’s not surprising to see them here.
The production on this album is of a very high standard, everything feels tightly fitted together, vocal performances are extremely clear and instrumentals have punch to them, but all of this is to be expected of Bobby nowadays as his in-house producer “6ix” is up there with the best hip-hop producers of this age and Bobby’s diction just keeps improving. My personal favourite tracks on this project were:“Yuck” is the most aggressive I have ever heard Bobby sound, the level of energy in his voice really compliments the heavy drums and eerie melody underneath. Lines such as “Logic ain’t here right now, leave a message if you want” and “Logic never wanna flex, but Bobby finna bring the facts” further explain that this is not Logic, this is Bobby. This track was also a fan favourite as he finally responds to Joyner Lucas calling him out. This track potentially has the best beat, Indica Badu is close behind. If we are going to mention alter-ego’s we can’t not mention Young Sinatra. Frank is another one of logic’s role models and he took the name Young Sinatra for 3 of his previous mix tapes. The flow he uses for this character is arguably his best, the beats are more boom-bap 90’s and it was considered to be Logic in his prime. This track has the best wordplay and the fact he brings this back is enough to love it, but the fact he then integrates Bobby in the hooks makes it even better. The beat and flow mix up depending on his portrayed character.“44 More” is more Logic than Bobby. Lines such as “you in the club throwing dollars but I’m saving mine so my kids go to college” show that even though he is portraying himself as arrogant, he really isn’t. Message aside this is the most technical and lyrical Logic that’s been heard in a very long time. This track has the best flow, diction and message. The song is a sequel to 44 Bars which was released on his last mix tape back in 2016.
As amazing as these songs are, some sections of the project either didn’t fit with his style, was too commercial or lacked any weight to make it memorable. Two tracks that stand out are Midnight and Wizard of Oz. The track Midnight starts off sounding like a pop record with mellow synths, auto-tuned lyrics and a style that Logic just doesn’t fit. The second half of the song picks up massively as the beat switches and his flow, while still slow, fits his voice and pronunciation much better. Wizard of Oz had great potential, the hook was so catchy it should be illegal and the beat was intense, but the middle was short, lackluster and felt like an attempt to stretch out the track length. In my opinion this would have worked better as a interlude or a hook for another song. Everyday was this project’s “Radio Hit”. Featuring EDM producer Marshmello this track has the conventional format of pop music with split verses, a chorus, a come down and then an energetic climax. While Logic does display what made him famous in parts, the majority of the song is too similar to today’s music style, making it blend in and almost forgettable. It’s a good song, just a bad Logic song.
Logic has impressed me here and I probably wont be skipping this project any time soon. I thought that this mix tape would sound toO commercial and would be a bad sign of things to come, but instead it shows diversity of his talent and get’s Logic fans around the world very excited for Ultra 85, his next album. This mix tape is absolutely brilliant in isolation, but relative to his other work, not his best.