Def Jam emcee and YouTube gaming channel owner Logic is gearing up to release his third full-length studio album, Everybody, tomorrow, Friday, May 5.
But while everyone is chatting about the big name guest features (Killer Mike, Black Thought) on the album and his Alessia Cara and Khalid-assisted crossover hit-in-the-making “1-800-273-8255,” which has already racked up over 7 million streams on Spotify, we thought it would be nice to shine a spotlight on the nine producers—Logic included—whose behind-the-board contributions helped make Everybody everything.
Just as we've done for Kendrick Lamar (DAMN.), Rick Ross (Rather You Than Me) and Ab-Soul (Do What Thou Wilt.), below you will find a super-crammed crib sheet highlighting all the producers whose audible backdrops complimented the musical talents the artist and producer born Sir Robert Bryson Hall II.
Bobby Campbell (@_likethesoup)
Credit: “Take It Back”
In addition to earning a production credit on Everybody, Los Angeles-based audio engineer and mixer Bobby Campbell is also Logic's primary recording engineer, having worked with the Visionary Music Group emcee on his pre-Def Jam mixtape Welcome to Forever, as well as full-length releases Under Pressure, The Incredible True Story and Bobby Tarantino. In addition to mixing and recording Logic, Campbell's engineering resume also includes work with Common, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna and Solange.
Credit: “Ink Blot”
The Deats-produced “Ink Blot,” which features Juicy J, represents the German-born producer's first major appearance on a U.S. retail release, following a beat placement on Trey Songz' Anticipation III mixtape earlier this year. Although his production resume is currently on the lighter side, Deats' production credit on Everybody will surely raise his prile and boost his stock price.
DJ Khalil (@DJKhalil)
Credit: “Mos Definitely”
Los Angeles-based producer DJ Khalil is best-known for being the producer behind Aloe Blacc’s top-10 hit “The Man” as well as his work with Aftermath for Eminem (“Survival,” “Won’t Back Down”), 50 Cent (“I’ll Still Kill”), Dr. Dre (“Kush,” “All In a Day’s Work”) and more. In a career spanning nearly two decades, he’s worked alongside Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, Clipse and more, and most recently contributed heavily to Joey Bada$$’s ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$, A$AP Ferg’s Always Strive and Prosper and Anderson .Paak’s Malibu. Khalil also co-produced Logic’s Under Pressure cut “Soul Food.”
Credits: “Hallelujah” / “Everybody” / “Confess” / “Killing Spree” / “America” / “1-800-273-8255” / “Anziety” / “Black SpiderMan” / “AfricAryaN”
While we were initially a little skeptical someone named Logic being a key contributor to Logic’s album, it turns out he’s involved in a pretty major way. For starters, it’s his album, so there’s that.
The Gaithersburg, Maryland native is obviously better known as a rapper, though, his work behind the boards has been a steadily increasing element in his repertoire over the course his discography. Logic has had a production credit on every one his projects since 2010's mixtape Young, Broke & Infamous, and Everybody finds him tackling the highest percentage production on any his album’s to date, a step up from Under Pressure (four 12) and The Incredible True Story (10 18).
No I.D. (@cocaine80s)
Chicago staple No I.D. has been active in hip-hop for over 25 years, and produced the entirety Common’s '92 debut Can I Borrow a Dollar? (back when he was known as Immenslope). In addition to being known as the “Godfather Chicago Hip-Hop,” No I.D. is also the founder supergroup Cocaine 80s, and after a stint as the president G.O.O.D. Music, he became the current Executive Vice President and Head Creative at Def Jam. He’s worked alongside countless superstars, including Common, Jay Z, Nas, Kanye West, Big Sean, Drake, J. Cole, Jeezy, Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Rick Ross, among many others, and has recently worked extensively with Vince Staples, producing a majority Summertime ‘06. Prior to producing and being featured on posse cut “America,” No I.D. produced “Man the Year” from Logic’s Welcome to Forever mixtape.
PSTMN (No Twitter)
Gaithersburg, Maryland producer PSTMN (pronounced Postman) is more shadowy ghost than boastful producer online. While his latest work can be found on fellow DMV native Silas' 2016 mixtape SKiWALKER, for whom he is an in-house producer, by and large, his social media presence is scarce and his resume is minimal. PSTMN's first big production credit will come on the title track Logic's Everybody.
Vontae Thomas (@VonTaeBeats)
Credit: “Killing Spree”
Hailing from Honolulu, Hawaii and currently based in Maryland, producer Vontae Thomas has racked up an impressive number credits with an assortment well-known stars and up-and-coming buzzmakers. In addition to working with Logic on Everybody, Thomas has produced records for Wale (the front half “Shine Season”), Chris Brown (“Otha Niggas”), Jefe (“Let it Rain”), and DJBooth Top Prospect Jay IDK (“Mentality,” “I Picture”).
Wallis Lane (@WallisLane)
Production duo Wallis Lane, consisting beatmakers Nizzy J Beats and Farsi Beats, is on a nice little roll. With credits on projects by Mac Miller, Nicki Minaj, Tory Lanez and Trey Songz already taking up lines on their resume, the pair landed a huge placement in March, when Drake released his More Life playlist (“Nothings Into Somethings”).
Credits: “Hallelujah” / “Everybody” / “Confess” / “Killing Spree” / “Take It Back” / “America” / “Ink Blot” / “1-800-273-8255” / “Anziety” / “Black SpiderMan” / “AfricAryaN”
Even the most casual fan Logic should be well-acquainted with 6ix, the Maryland rapper’s right-hand man and go-to producer. The producer born Arjun Ivatury executive produced Everybody and is credited on 11 the album’s 13 tracks. If you know Logic, you damn well better know the name 6ix too.
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