Now that Logic has a major-label rap debut on the horizon, things are starting to look up for the 24-year old MC. But things weren't always so sunny. Young Sinatra, as Logic affectionately refers to himself, has had to overcome a lot.
"People look at me like, 'He's from the suburbs and he was raised rich, and mommy and daddy pay for everything,' " Logic told Complex.com. "Man, get the f--k out of here. Growing up [in Maryland], there were guns in the house, my brothers were out selling crack. I grew up on Section 8 housing, food stamps, welfare and dealing with social services. I never had a Christmas, I never had a birthday."
Looking at Logic, it can be easy to place him in a stereotypical "white rapper" box, but the Maryland native was born to a white mother and black father and has a story that's more 50 Cent than Asher Roth.
"My mother was a good woman," he said in the interview, which was published online late last week. "But she went through a hell of a lot of sh-- from drugs, prostitution -- all types of sh-- -- it f--ked her mind up.
"My mother got stabbed, she was raped, she tried to choke me to death as a child," he continued. "I can’t even begin to explain the tormenting feeling of living in my household: constant screaming, death-curdling screams, arguments between my mom and other men, her getting her f--king ass-whooped. At times, there was blood all over the kitchen and f--king floor."
Then there was the racism that Logic experienced. "It's so hard to wrap your head around that and the fact that my own mother would call me a n----r as a child. I'm not talking about 'What's up, my n---a,' I'm talking in a fully prejudiced way. Here's a woman who wants to sleep with a black man and makes babies and wants to be racist towards them. It's extremely hard to grasp."
The rapper's relationship with his dad wasn't much better. Growing up, Logic watched his dad battle a terrible drug addiction and he tells those stories in his rhymes.
"My father has called me and been like, 'I don't really appreciate you talking about me smoking crack all the time,' " Logic revealed. "I'm like, 'Would you appreciate it if I didn't say anything and induced those same drugs into my body to try to get over what you put me through? Or would you rather me do it in a positive way?'"
Logic doesn't have a release date set for his still-untitled album, but in May, he sat down with MTV News and revealed that he recorded the whole thing in two weeks. "It took two weeks to record the majority of the album,” he told us. "Don't get me wrong -- years went into it; there's concepts and things that were around long before."