“GP4” is the third track on Logic’s retirement album ‘No Pressure’ released on July 24, 2020. Through this track, Logic pays homage to many names in the music industry while discussing his own ‘growing pains.’
‘No Pressure‘ is Logic’s seventh studio album, and the rapper announced that it will be his last courtesy of his newborn son, whom he wants to dedicate his time for.
On “GP4,” Logic samples OutKast’s 1996 classic track “Elevators (Me & You).” Another sample appearing on the track is lyrics from “Shut ‘Em Down” by Public Enemy.
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“GP4” Lyrics Meaning and Song Review
These lyrics resonate OutKast’s “Elevators (Me & You).”
“We’ve come a long way since H.O.C.” raps Logic which is a clever double entendre. On one hand, H.O.C. stands for Housing Opportunities Commission, which is an organization dedicated to providing housing opportunities to the homeless. Logic is trying to hint that he has come from nothing. On the other hand, H.O.C. also stands for Higher-Order Component (HOC), which is an advanced technique in React for reusing component “logic”!
On the only verse on “GP4,” Logic addresses many topics.
Logic kicks off the verse by pronouncing his dedication to music. He lives by the beat and dies by the beat, the rapper says. Although he has announced his retirement from music, this does not necessarily mean that he will stop writing songs or producing tracks. As long as he lives, he will hold rap and music near and dear to him.
Akai MPC is a music producing workstation from the ’90s which has seen its better days in the rear-view mirror.
Logic also has come to the understanding that there are only two certain things in this world: death and taxes. So he would be rather focusing on more important things such as his family.
Logic is also known to be one of the fastest rappers in the game. But he says that he did not care for it. It only added to his work pressure and anxiety.
The rapper also touches on the police brutality that has seemed to fester in some countries. He equates this to the popular first person shooter (FPS) game Call of Duty: Black Ops. Just jump in the game and shoot everything that moves!
Logic also mentions some artists on the verse of “PG4.” He shouts out to The Notorious B.I.G.’s track “Kick in the Door” from 1997. He also mentions reaching out to Erykah Badu to sample the “Dreamflower” song by Tarika Blue. Although “Dreamflower” is not by Erykah, she did use it in her own track “Didn’t Cha Know” featuring JDilla and ended up in a lawsuit. Logic did use this sample on the album’s eighth track “man i is.”
Logic may also be throwing some shade at singer/producer T-Pain for using auto-tune, while Logic performs ‘unplugged,’ which stands to mean there is no use of any electronic support for his vocals.
In the latter part of the verse, Logic wonders how his legacy will be remembered after all said and done. He merely introduced all of his fans to his train of thought . A ‘train’ is an appropriate metaphor since he is known to rap extremely fast.
In these lyrics, Bobby says that he had a different perspective of the world when he was crawling in the bottom of the barrell. He could only see the light on top of him. And that is all he wanted. He also confesses that he lived off of charity of other people. But that’s a long time ago.
He is perfectly content with the roof over his head, his wife, and his newborn son. He shouts out to his own record label ‘Bobby Boy Records.’ Logic will be focused on this enterprise as a source of revenue for the future.
Thank you and goodbye, Logic. Rap will miss you. Until we see you again…!
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