The 30-year-old hip-hop star grew up in Gaithersburg.
At just 30 years old, the rapper Logic has established an extensive discography, including six albums, six mixtapes, and over 30 hit singles. The Rockville native has collaborated with artists like Childish Gambino and Eminem and has been nominated for two Grammy awards. Despite his early retirement from the music business, the hip-hop star continues to surprise. Find out how Logic got his start down below!
Named Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Logic was born on January 22, 1990, in Rockville, Maryland. He and his seven half-siblings were raised in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Early in his life, he witnessed first-hand the effects of drug addiction and alcoholism through his parents, including the use of cocaine. He attended Gaithersburg High School but was expelled in the 10th grade due to skipping classes.
Combining his love of Frank Sinatra and rap groups like The Roots and Wu-Tang Clan, he started creating his own music under the name "Psychological." His first mixtape Psychological—Logic: The Mixtape established his stage name and recruited him for the opening acts on tours for Ludacris and Pitbull. In 2010, he released his first official mixtape, Young, Broke, & Infamous. His Young Sinatra mixtape series brought him mainstream attention, in particular, Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever. In 2013, he signed a contract with Def Jam Recordings.
In 2014, he released his first album Under Pressure, featuring the singles "Buried Alive" and the title track. It charted at No. 4 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and brought his first TV appearance with The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. From there he released a string of critically acclaimed records, including The Incredible True Story (2015), a dystopian concept album centered on the planet 100 years into the future, YSIV (2018), and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2019). He appeared on the song "Sucker for Pain" alongside Lil Wayne and Wiz Khalifa for the Suicide Squad film soundtrack.
In 2017, his album Everybody shot up to No. 1 on the Billboard Charts and produced the single "1-800-273-8255." The song, which was named after the National Suicide Prevention Hotline to raise awareness of mental health, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Song of the Year.
In 2019, Logic made a foray into writing with his debut novel Supermarket, which he tied into a soundtrack of the same name. While the project was panned by critics, the book landed on the New York Times Best Seller list, making him the first rapper to do so.
This year, he released his final album, No Pressure, after confirming his retirement from music to focus on raising his son.
In addition to music, Logic is also an avid gamer. He signed a seven-figure deal with the streaming platform Twitch last month. While he may be out of the music biz, it's clear Logic can do anything he sets his mind to. We look forward to seeing what he does next!
Logic fans, what do you think of his decision to retire? Do you have a favorite album or song? Hit us up in the comments—we would love to hear your recs!