“Rick and Morty” adds one of hip hop’s most acclaimed modern rappers, Logic, to their running list of special guests with last night’s episode.
After waiting for nearly four months, fans of the animated sci-fi sitcom “Rick and Morty” rejoiced for the continuous run of season three. Season two concluded on October 2015; season three’s first episode unexpectedly premiered on April 1, 2017 and the remaining seven episodes have been premiering weekly since July 30.
— Bobby Tarantino (@Logic301) August 13, 2017
Hours before the episode premiered, the rapper teased a photo of his cartoon self with Rick and Morty on his Twitter account. The episode, entitled “Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender”, presents Logic headlining an intergalactic festival organized by drunk Rick Sanchez. The concert was literally and figuratively out of this world with extraterrestrial beings and Rick’s family bumping to his bars.
Born as Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Logic grew up in the rough neighborhood of West Deer Park in Maryland to an African-American father and Caucasian mother. He admits to having a rough childhood; both his parents suffered from cocaine addiction and alcoholism, and he witnessed his brothers produce and distribute crack cocaine for their block and their own father.
His interest in hip hop sparked after watching “Kill Bill: Volume 1”. The movie was scored by RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan. He honed skills as a lyricist and began performing under the stage name Psychological. The release of his unofficial mixtape “Psychological — Logic: The Mixtape” gave him opportunities to open for artists like Ludacris and Pitbull all over Maryland. Eventually, he shortened his stage moniker to Logic.
With three studio albums and six mixtapes listed on his résumé, he credits his love for hip hop’s sub-genres and all the other music genres as his driving force. He joined fellow rappers Schoolboy Q, Joey Bada$$, and Travi$ Scott on the cover of XXL’s Annual Freshmen List in 2013. The magazine’s been famed for shining light on underground artists who are on their way to taking over the world. Notable alumni of the list include Chance The Rapper, J. Cole, and Kid Cudi.
His latest album “Everybody” dethroned Kendrick Lamar’s “DAMN.” on the Billboard 200 earlier this year. The album incorporates astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson as God and radio personality Big Von as Atom, the album’s protagonist. Logic and Tyson appeared on the cover of Complex together where they discussed the origins of their collaboration, the concept album, humanity’s past, and black people in the Louvre.
I was completely unaware (I know, I’ve apparently been hiding under a rock over the weekend) of Logic’s guesting on the show and it really took me by surprise but it was fun to watch. Shoutouts to Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon for showing love to the hip hop community!