Who is Logic?
Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, also known as the rapper "Logic," is an American modern-day renaissance man, with parallel careers as a Grammy-nominated hip hop artist, streamer, writer, record label owner, and retired rapper. Since beginning his music career in 2010, Logic has released six studio albums, written a novel, and signed an exclusive deal with Twitch to stream music and gameplay on the platform. In 2020, shortly before the release of his latest album, "No Pressure," Logic announced that he was retiring from the music scene in order to focus on fatherhood and the development of his streaming career.
Now, here's everything else you need to know about the world-famous Logic:
Sir Robert Bryson Hall II AKA "Logic" was born on January 22, 1990, in Rockville, Maryland. ("Sir" is not an honorific, but rather part of his given name.) His father, Robert Bryson Hall, was active in the Maryland music scene prior to his birth, and he credits his father as the source of his musical talent. Logic is biracial; his father is Black, and his mother is white.
Logic's childhood was marked by adversity. He is open about his fraught relationship with his parents: his mother was sometimes verbally abusive, and his father was initially not a large presence in his life. Growing up with seven half-siblings, he often watched his brothers get involved in illegal activities. Although he attended Gaithersburg High School, he was expelled after failing most of his classes during his sophomore year. He began smoking cigarettes at age 13, continuing the habit until 2014.
In spite of the adversities he faced in his youth, Logic's personal life has remained remarkably stable following his success as a rapper. In October 2015, he married his girlfriend of two years, Jessica Andrea; though they later divorced in March 2018. The split was amicable, and they remain friends to this day. In September 2019, he married Brittney Noell, a clothing designer, and the couple welcomed their first son in 2020.
Logic first became interested in rap as a teen, after watching Kill Bill: Volume 1, a movie whose music was produced by Wu-Tang Clan member Robert "RZA" Diggs. He began to write rhymes over instrumental beats and performed for the first time in 2009, then under the moniker "Psychological." It was under this name that he released the first of many mixtapes, Psychological – Logic: The Mixtape, in December 2009. Shortly after releasing that, he shortened his nickname from "Psychological" to simply "Logic," the name under which he has released all of his content, musical and otherwise, ever since.
A year later, in December 2010, Logic released Young, Broke, & Infamous, his first mixtape under his new name. The tape garnered over 300,000 downloads on DatPiff and eventually made its way into the headphones of Chris Zarou, the president of Visionary Music Group, an independent label. Zarou was stunned by the creativity and maturity of the rapper's artistic voice and immediately offered him a contract.
With support from Visionary Music Group, Logic released his second official mixtape, Young Sinatra, in 2011. The first installation in a series of mixtapes titled Young Sinatra, a reference to the musician Frank Sinatra, from whom the rapper has drawn inspiration throughout his life. Growing up, he developed a taste for Sinatra's style while watching black-and-white movies with his mother. The rapper credits Sinatra as a major musical influence, along with contemporary rappers and musicians such as Eminem, J. Cole, Drake, Outkast, Mos Def, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Wiz Khalifa, and A Tribe Called Quest.
Young Sinatra drew praise from critics throughout the hip hop scene, leading to the release of Logic's third mixtape, Young Sinatra: Undeniable, in April 2012. To support sales of Young Sinatra: Undeniable, the rapper launched his first national tour later that year. In early 2013, he was featured among XXL Magazine's 2013 "Freshmen List," a list of new blood in the rapping scene that included other popular stars such as Action Bronson, Chief Keef, and Travis Scott. His star continued to rise in 2013, with the rapper announcing his first European tour and his second national tour to support his fourth mixtape, Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever. In April 2013, he was signed to legendary label Def Jam Recordings, working with Def Jam staffer Ernest "No I.D." Wilson to produce his debut album. In fall 2013, the rapper toured nationally with Kid Cudi, Big Sean, and Tyler, the Creator.
After months of production, Logic achieved mainstream popularity with his debut studio album, Under Pressure, on October 21, 2014, selling over 70,000 copies in its first week. The album was noted for its autobiographical content, with each song addressing a different element of the rapper's childhood and upbringing in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Many of the lyrics were adapted from voicemail messages that his family had left on his phone. Under Pressure has since been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
In September 2015, Logic released his second studio album, The Incredible True Story. The album was even more popular than its predecessor, debuting at No. 3 on the Billboard 200. In 2016, the rapper supported the release of The Incredible True Story with two tours, The Incredible World Tour in spring 2016 and The Endless Summer Tour in summer 2016. To top off this flurry of activity, the rapper released a surprise mixtape titled Bobby Tarantino in July 2016.
In May 2017, Logic released his third studio album, Everybody. With a stunning painted album cover in the style of renaissance masters, the album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, with its third single and most popular song, "1-800-273-8255," getting certified as 5x platinum by the RIAA. "1-800-273-8255" features guest vocals by Khalid and Alessia Cara, and was produced in association with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. After struggling with his own depression as a youth, the rapper was stunned by the many fans who would approach him during his tours to tell him that his music saved their lives and was inspired to write a song with the express purpose of reaching out to troubled and suicidal fans.
In March 2018, Logic released his sixth mixtape, titled Bobby Tarantino II, following this up in September of that year with his fourth studio album, YSIV—short for "Young Sinatra IV." Acting as a sequel to Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever, YSIV was the latest project in the Young Sinatra series and the first installment in the series to be a full album, rather than a mixtape. As with "1-800-273-8255," the rapper used the lead single of this album to reach out to troubled people through songs—in this case, undocumented immigrants in the United States. He performed the song onstage at the 2018 VMAs and brought hundreds of migrant children to the performance with him.
In 2019, Logic released two albums: Supermarket and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. Supermarket was released in March 2019, acting as a soundtrack accompanying a novel by the same name written and published by the rapper. The album peaked at 56 on the Billboard 200, while the novel became the New York Times' number one best-selling book following its publication. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind came out on May 10, 2019, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 on the strength of features by prominent artists such as Eminem. Later that year in June 2019, the multi-platinum rapper announced BobbyBoy Records, a joint venture with Def Jam Recordings and rebranding of his previously known label, Elysium Records.
In July 2020, Logic announced his retirement from the rap game, with his sixth album, No Pressure, as his last. On July 24, the album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200; since then, the rapper's fan base has patiently watched as "rapper Logic" has made the transition to "streamer Logic."
Officially announcing my retirement with the release of “No Pressure” executive produced by No I.D. July 24th...— Bobby Billion (@Logic301) July 16, 2020
It’s been a great decade. Now it’s time to be a great father.
Art by @SamSpratt pic.twitter.com/stgSU6dMBt
While Logic said he retired from rapping, he didn't retire from the rap game. In January 2021, Logic released "Planetory Destruction," the debut album from BobbyBoy Records artist Doctor Destruction.
|ALBUM TITLE||RELEASE DATE|
|Under Pressure||October 21, 2014|
|The Incredible True Story||November 13, 2015|
|Everybody||May 5, 2017|
|YSIV||September 28, 2018|
|Confessions of a Dangerous Mind||May 10, 2019|
|No Pressure||July 24, 2020|
|MIXTAPE TITLE||RELEASE DATE|
|Psychological – Logic: The Mixtape||December 26, 2009|
|Young, Broke & Infamous||December 15, 2010|
|Young Sinatra||September 19, 2011|
|Young Sinatra: Undeniable||April 30, 2012|
|Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever||May 7, 2013|
|Bobby Tarantino||July 1, 2016|
|Bobby Tarantino II||March 9, 2018|
|SOUNDTRACK TITLE||SONG TITLE(S)||RELEASE YEAR|
|Earth to Echo||"Ballin"||2014|
|Suicide Squad||"Sucker For Pain"||2016|
|Madden NFL 17||"Wrist"||2016|
|Madden NFL 18||"Everybody"||2017|
|The Hate U Give||"Everybody"||2018|
|Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw||"100 Miles And Running"||2019|
Logic has been open about his love for video games since at least 2017, when he launched a YouTube channel dedicated to videos on the subject gaming. Since then, the channel, BobbysWorld, has grown to have nearly 1.3 million subscribers, and its top video (a music video for the song "DadBod") has nearly 4 million views. The channel's top gaming-related video, a tour of the rapper's game house/studio, has over 2.9 million views:
In July 2020, Logic announced his retirement from rapping in order to become a full-time Twitch streamer, telling The Verge that he had signed an exclusive contract to stream weekly on the Amazon-owned platform. His Twitch channel is currently followed by more than 500,000 fans, averaging around 3,500 viewers in late 2020/early 2021.
Logic's time in the gaming world has not been limited to the content creation side of things: in 2020, he voiced a character in "The Last of Us Part II."
In March 2019, Logic published his first novel, Supermarket, with Simon & Schuster. Described by bestselling author Ernest Cline as "like Naked Lunch meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest—if they met at Fight Club," Supermarket tells the story of a grocery store cashier named Flynn whose world is turned upside down when he arrives to work one day only to find a crime scene. The book became a New York Times Best Seller and was released alongside a soundtrack album with the same title.
Aside from appearing as himself across a wide variety of video content, Logic is a talented actor who has lent his voice to an episode of "Rick and Morty" and video games such as "The Last of Us Part II." He was also featured in the first episode of Netflix's docuseries "Rapture," and in a few films/documentaries including "Band Together with Logic," "The Andre 3000 Documentary," and more.
Below is Logic's filmography as an actor and personality.
- Voice as Logic "Bobby Hall" in the Rick and Morty episode "Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender" (2017)
- Voice as Small Rattler in The Last of Us Part II (2020)
- I Used to Be a Gangsta (2008)
- RapFix Live (2013)
- Guest on Revolt Live (2014)
- Musical Guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014 - 2015)
- Musical Guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2015 and 2017)
- Explicit Language (2016)
- Harmontown (2016)
- Tavis Smiley (2017)
- Sneaker Shopping (2017)
- Winner and Performer at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards
- Access Hollywood (2017)
- Access Daily (2017)
- Guest on Hot Ones (2017)
- CBS News Sunday Morning (2017)
- Musical Guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2017 and 2018)
- DashieGames (2017 and 2019)
- Nominee and Performer at The 60th Annual Grammy Awards (2018)
- Entertainment Tonight Canada (2018)
- "LOGIC: Gray Matters" episode of Rapture (2018)
- Performer at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards (2018)
- The Andre 3000 Documentary (2018)
- Complex x Fuse (2018)
- Logic x Hitrecord: Do What You Love (2019)
- Band Together with Logic (2019)
- The Daily Show (2019)
- GMA3: Strahan, Sara & Keke (2019)
- Guest on Hotboxin' with Mike Tyson (2019)
- Tiny Meat Gang Podcast (2019)
- Guest on Today (2020)
- I Still Breathe (2020)
Sponsors and Partners
As a prominent artist and influencer, Logic has partnered with and been sponsored by leading companies and brands, including:
Logic first partnered with G FUEL in 2016. In fact, Logic-branded G FUEL shaker cups have always been some of the most highly demanded shaker cups produced by G FUEL, with the original 2016 run going for top prices on the secondary market.
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In July 2020, Logic signed an exclusive deal with Twitch, the world's most popular gaming livestream platform. Since then, he's streamed an average of more than 80 hours a week on the platform.
All official Logic merchandise can be found on his merch website. The current merch line includes a wide variety of tee shirts, hoodies, hats, and other apparel emblazoned with Logic's logos and lyrics. There's also a full line of merch dedicated to his most recent album, "No Pressure."
“I’m literally fighting for the equality of every man, woman, and child regardless of race, religion, color, creed, and sexual orientation and here to spread a message of peace, love, and positivity.” – Logic
"If you don't wake up and have your own thing, whether it's writing or reading or traveling or acting or dancing or singing or being a mother or a father, something that drives you, then it's all worth nothing. One of the key elements in happiness is purpose." – Logic
"The biggest part of why I am where I am today is not only because people can relate to me and my story but because I hit the road and actually saw them face to face and shook their hands." – Logic
"Be not scared to use your voice." – Logic
"Lyricism is about painting a picture. It doesn't have to be a bunch of punchlines." – Logic
"Just because you got money doesn't mean you're gonna be happy, and just because you can buy everything in the world doesn't mean you're gonna find your purpose." – Logic
"Everyone is beautiful, and the world isn't equal. And we need to fight towards that." – Logic
"I'm proud to be biracial, and there's a lot of people that say things like, 'I don't see color,' and I completely understand that, but I think different is beautiful, but I think our differences shouldn't separate us, and for me in this era, in this time, in everything that we're going through, my whole thing is just about unity, man." – Logic
"When I grab the microphone, I am the greatest rapper, musician, and artist that ever lived, ever, in the entire universe. But when I put that microphone down, I am a man with so much to learn, personally and professionally." – Logic
"I truly believe that if I'm out partying and not in the studio, there's somebody out there who will be. When I'm asleep, somebody else is working. So I have a lot of sleepless nights." – Logic
"If you're right, then be right. There's no need to hurt others." – Logic
Awards and Nominations
- 2017 MTV VMAs - Best Fight Against the System for "Black SpiderMan"
- 2017 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards - Most Performed R&B/Hip-Hop Song for "Sucker for Pain"
- 2018 BMI Pop Awards - Award Winning Song for "1-800-273-8255"
- 2018 Grammy Awards - Song of the Year for "1-800-273-8255"
- 2018 Grammy Awards - Best Music Video for "1-800-273-8255"
- 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards - Best New Pop Artist
Throughout his life, Logic has consistently been an advocate for the power of art to help spread awareness of mental health and suicide. His hit 2018 song, "1-800-273-8255," was dedicated to spreading awareness about the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and its release led to an increase in calls by more than 50%. After his performance of the song at the 2018 VMAs, calls tripled. "Through his music, Logic is helping to save lives," said Robert Gebbia, CEO of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Logic has also held concerts and events at schools in order to inform students about mental health resources.
Trivia and Fun Facts
- Real Name: Sir Robert Bryson Hall II
- Aliases: Logic, Psychologic, Bobby Hall
- Birthday: January 22, 1990
- Astrological Sign: Aquarius
- Age: 31
- Height: 5 feet, 9 inches
- Hometown: Gaithersburg, Maryland
- Logic rapped 69 words in under nine seconds, at least 7.7 words/second, in his song "100 Miles & Running" from his 2018 album, "Young Sinatra IV." This is faster than Eminem's rapping on "Rap God."
- In high school, Logic was relatively asocial and never went to a house party.
- Logic proposed to his wife, Brittney, while inside a photo booth.
- Logic is a Rubik's Cube master and can solve one in under 90 seconds.
- Before signing with Def Jam, Logic turned down a record deal from the legendary rapper Nas.
- According to Complex, Logic bought $6 million worth of Bitcoin, and spent $226,000 on a rare first edition Charizard Pokémon card.
- 22 songs, either by Logic or featuring Logic, have appeared on the Billboard Charts Hot 100. Two of those songs, "1-800-273-8255" (Logic featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid) and "Homicide" (Logic featuring Eminem") are a Top 10 Hit, peaking at #3 on September 30, 2017, and #5 on May 18, 2019, respectively.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is Logic?
He's a multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated rapper, gamer, streamer, author, and G FUEL ambassador, and the founder of BobbyBoy Records. In 2020, he retired from rapping in order to focus on streaming on Twitch full-time.
What is Logic's real name?
His real name is Sir Robert Bryson Hall II.
Why is Logic a Sir?
"Sir" is part of his given name, added to his birth certificate by his mother. It isn't an honorific title.
When was Logic born?
He was born on January 22, 1990.
How old is Logic?
He's 31 years old.
How tall is Logic?
He's 5 feet, 9 inches tall.
Where is Logic from?
His hometown is Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Where does Logic live?
He lives in Los Angeles, California.
What race is Logic?
He's biracial: he's half Black, half white.
When does Logic's new album drop?
His most recent album, "No Pressure," dropped in July 2020. This is likely his final album, as he announced his retirement from rapping shortly before its release. However, in his first post-retirement move as a music executive, he released "Planetory Destruction," the debut album of BobbyBoy Records artist Doctor Destruction.
Who is Logic signed to?
He's signed to Def Jam.
Who is Logic married to?
His wife is Brittney Noell.
How did Logic meet his wife?
Logic and his wife, Brittney, met in 2018, while she was working at a juice shop that he often frequented in Calabasas, California.
Where has Logic toured?
He has toured worldwide, with numerous shows in the United States and a European tour in 2013.
What car does Logic drive?
He drives a BMW i8.
What mic does Logic use?
He uses a Shure SM7B vocal microphone.
What is Logic's Twitter?
His Twitter username is @Logic301.
Social Media Profiles
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/logic/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/logic/
- Snapchat: https://www.snapchat.com/add/logic301
- Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/logic
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/Logic301
- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/logic301 and https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4EDjfs78AhVgpBqE3WFGJg
This article was written by Alexander Lee, an editor, freelance writer, and esports enthusiast based in New York City. Follow him on Twitter @alexleewastaken.