AfricAryaN

Album: Everybody (2017)
  • Logic was born Sir Robert Bryson Hall II to Robert Bryson Hall, an African-American Maryland native, and a Caucasian mother. On this song, he explores his mixed race background, the impact it has had on his life and his self-perception and acceptance in both Black and white communities. Logic said in a Genius annotation:

    "People either treat me like I'm some racist Aryan mother---er or racist ass white people treat me like, 'Send your ass back to Africa.' These are things that people have said to me."
  • This was originally going to be the title track of Logic's third album, but he eventually decided to call it Everybody. The Maryland rapper explained:

    "Because AfricAryan is a negative thing. It's not a good thing. Like how I felt in America, people had branded me as one or the other, extremes of either end. But as the album really grew, it became much less about me and became more about everybody. So I decided to change the title because that's what it reflected. It reflected everybody. You look on the album cover and who do you see? Everybody. The perspectives I'm rapping from are everybody. Who is this for? Everybody. Who am I rapping for? Everybody. I'm am f---ing getting behind and parading behind? Everybody."
  • The track is just over 12 minutes long, and after five poignant, personal verses from Logic and a skit, J. Cole jumps in to contribute some unexpected rhymes. Cole is also bi-racial with a similar story to Logic, and the "Deja Vu" rapper lends some pertinent words of wisdom to the mixed race Maryland MC.
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