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  • Summary: The debut full-length studio release for the Maryland rapper was produced largely by 6ix.
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Yeah, livin' life like this Gotta paint a picture when I write like this Tales from my hood, not a sight like this Where they up to no good on a... See the rest of the song lyrics
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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 47
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 47
  3. Negative: 2 out of 47
  1. 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
  2. Oct 2, 2017
    10
    Logic is my favorite white rapper, and for good reason. This album has phenomenal production, amazing wordplay, incredible flow (but what doLogic is my favorite white rapper, and for good reason. This album has phenomenal production, amazing wordplay, incredible flow (but what do expect with Logic :) ), and some of the most personal stories that Logic has ever told us. This is my 7th favorite rap album of all time, and it will stay that way. Never stop rapping, Logic. 10/10 Expand
  3. Oct 18, 2015
    10
    My favorite album. I normally never actually buy albums, but I gotta support this dude. Definitely my favorite artist and I loved almost everyMy favorite album. I normally never actually buy albums, but I gotta support this dude. Definitely my favorite artist and I loved almost every song and I never get sick of them. I just feel connected to him when I listen, can't wait for The Incredible True Story, Young Jesus is fireeeeee. Expand
  4. Mar 24, 2015
    9
    This album is a brilliant debut. It isn't a single filler (everyone loves a single filler), it is a completely different outlook compared toThis album is a brilliant debut. It isn't a single filler (everyone loves a single filler), it is a completely different outlook compared to his mixtapes, and although it seems 'borrowed' off of GKMC I thoroughly enjoyed it. Logic possesses a lot of lyrical proficiency which he effectively employed in this album's contextual story line from "Intro" right through to "Till The End". I think the production team (6ix, NO ID, Tae Beast, among others) did a great job of ensuring the success of this album. Expand
  5. Aug 26, 2019
    9
    Dude will never follow up with anything close to as good as this. Been years since the last solid release. Sad to see him benefiting fromDude will never follow up with anything close to as good as this. Been years since the last solid release. Sad to see him benefiting from rushed and surface level released when he got gems like this. All the Logic yes-men in his circle really is doing no favors and are just encouraging weak bars and brain dead wanna be radio hits. This really ain’t a review of the album no more lmao, had to bring the score down since his new **** overshadow the good releases. I can’t enjoy them as much anymore. Expand
  6. Dec 11, 2014
    8
    I had zero expectations from the album, as I hadn't really paid attention to Logic, until his BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher.

    This album is
    I had zero expectations from the album, as I hadn't really paid attention to Logic, until his BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher.

    This album is amazing- Lyrically Logic is strong and the production is A1. Logic's clever delivery truly allows the listener to experience his emotions.

    Really impressed by this album, best rap album of 2014 by far!
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  7. May 10, 2015
    3
    A pastiche of all around it. Watered down and easily digestible with hyperactive flows which must mean there is something in them,A pastiche of all around it. Watered down and easily digestible with hyperactive flows which must mean there is something in them, right?....r..r..rright? I could give the guy a pass for his subject matter, but the songwriting and music itself are hideous. One of those guys that everyone gets excited about over some freestyles of beats the public has already accepted. Hey, he rhymed a lot of words there, maybe he could make a song of his o- wait, no, identity-less and insipid like 99% of fast-rappers. Expand

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