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  • Summary: The debut full-length studio release for the Maryland rapper was produced largely by 6ix.
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Nikki
I can feel you in my lungs, feel you in my veins Bloodstream only way to make it to my brain I tried some others but man they just not as good as... See the rest of the song lyrics

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Oct 29, 2014
    90
    When nostalgic old-timers lament the golden age of hip-hop, for those championing our current era, Under Pressure is the album to point to.
  2. Oct 29, 2014
    90
    Under Pressure finds Logic breaking out as an all-star emcee, raising the bar higher than anyone could've predicted.
  3. Oct 29, 2014
    90
    This has the feel of a full, complete body of work, one embedded with nuances, themes and a larger, interwoven framework that nobody could digest in one listen.
  4. Oct 29, 2014
    80
    Just like Kendrick's stunning Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, Under Pressure is an autobiographical and odds-beating debut that arrives more fully formed than expected. Maybe all those mixtapes were all called Young Sinatra because the best was yet to come.
  5. Oct 29, 2014
    80
    Under Pressure feels like a roadmap to the influences he states on the album--OutKast, A Tribe Called Quest, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Quentin Tarantino films.
  6. Nov 5, 2014
    40
    This album is all surface-level, free of sharp punch lines ("I been Hungary like Budapest") or metaphors that connect.
  7. Oct 29, 2014
    20
    It’s not a verbatim copy of Kendrick’s work, but it’s every bit the stylistic counterfeit, and while it, along with the other mentions above, could be seen as imitations done in reverence had they been released on a free mixtape, their use on an album is no doubt a calculated effort to profit off of the ideas and work of another who did it first, in an attempt to capitalize on the ignorance of those listeners who may not know better.

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  1. Positive: 31 out of 33
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 33
  3. Negative: 2 out of 33
  1. Mar 29, 2017
    10
    Every song in this album is godly. Under Pressure, Gang Related, Soul Food, they're all amazing songs.
    He's one of the only rappers I like to
    Every song in this album is godly. Under Pressure, Gang Related, Soul Food, they're all amazing songs.
    He's one of the only rappers I like to listen to nowadays anyway.
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  2. Oct 28, 2015
    10
    Under Pressure is one of the most honest, realistic,respectable albums that have come out in while. Its good representation of telling theUnder Pressure is one of the most honest, realistic,respectable albums that have come out in while. Its good representation of telling the story of the struggle and of young man growing up and in and out of the struggle. This album perfectly paints a picture in your head of how growing up on welfare and around narcotics is and how it was daily routine for Logic. Logic is not just telling you what he sees he's painting the picture of what he's sees. He gives you chapters or events of his life through each track explaining his childhood his come up and things he's experienced growing up as child and into the young man he is today. Logic story telling is so strong with this album its something that makes the album very unique. In no way I see logic copying any other artist with this album in my opinion I have not seen any other artist out now paint a picture so well, the way Logic describes and paints the struggle and the issues he faced growing up is so well that it can really move you. The sonic's and beats for this album are so amazing that it showcases Logic's creativity and story telling even more and helps paints the story more clear and helps you appreciate his rapping ability and story. Overall great album that showcase the real life struggle of drugs and violence in America really recommend this album. Listen to it with an open mind don't listen to the critics and listen to it and decided for yourself what the album is. Expand
  3. Oct 31, 2014
    10
    This album is simply everything. A lot of people have already said it is the best hip-hop album since GKMC and then there have also been a lotThis album is simply everything. A lot of people have already said it is the best hip-hop album since GKMC and then there have also been a lot of people who talk about him copying Kendrick. This is not true though. Logic is a really honest artist and he has stated that he is not only influenced and inspired by the legends of the old days, but also by new greats such as J. Cole & Kendrick Lamar. I find it strange how people can appreciate new school lyricists for sampling the veterans or taking inspiration from them but not when a new artists appreciates another new (relatively) artist such as Kendrick. GKMC has been labeled the best thing in hip-hop and nothing thus far has been able to top it. So where's the logic in Logic not appreciating a project as big as GKMC by taking inspiration from it? Exactly. Logic still holds his own by telling his story instead of someone else's over brilliant production, by switching up his flow and still holding it down lyrically. He's definitely not the most complex lyricist in the game but far above average still and also very easy to connect and relate to. My personal favorite rap album of the year and possibly my AOTY. Support it if you can! Expand
  4. Mar 25, 2018
    9
    This is a dope album that expresses Logics personal life and his story. amazing production and nice bars.
  5. Nov 8, 2014
    8
    The best aspects of this album is the production, Logic's flow and the revealing lyrics of Logic's past and his childhood. Tracks such asThe best aspects of this album is the production, Logic's flow and the revealing lyrics of Logic's past and his childhood. Tracks such as Soul Food, Under Pressure, Gang Related and Growing Pains III is worth the price of the album alone. Other tracks such as Buried Alive and Bounce contain slightly more simplistic lyrics and rely on the hook to take up the majority of the song. Overall, its's a great debut album and a breathe of fresh air for Hip Hop which has been plagued with bad rappers and watered down lyrics. Expand
  6. Mar 28, 2017
    7
    It is entertaining and well produced and Logic certainly has flow and the album is open about his life, but the album isn't reallyIt is entertaining and well produced and Logic certainly has flow and the album is open about his life, but the album isn't really groundbreaking or anything completely fresh. Expand
  7. May 13, 2015
    3
    This album has its minimal highs and its hellish lows. Logic's flow and voice are pleasing to the ear, but his lyrical content is next toThis album has its minimal highs and its hellish lows. Logic's flow and voice are pleasing to the ear, but his lyrical content is next to nonexistent. From repeating "kill em" four times to the vomit worthy reveal that "nikki" is nicotine, this albums lyrics are poor, and I feel that a good hip hop album needs content beyond face value, something to make you think. Expand

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