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The skill of an emcee is usually tested through its longevity and ability to withstand time itself. Not everyone should pick up a mic because it’s not an easy feat to accomplish for most. For the few that are able though, the results sometimes border on genius, which leads us all to the rapper out of Columbus, Ohio mainstay Illogic.
Throughout the years Illogic has released a plethora of material. After 20 years, the independent rapper/wordsmith/lyricist is starting fresh, a “new beginning” so to speak. While Illogic has always been comfortable with his notebook, penning lyrics to the beats of others comfortably seated behind boards, this time he’s grabbing onto his new release by the proverbial throat, controlling all aspects of the release. His new album, Autopilot, set to drop on October 20, 2020, is a project, which for the first time, he’s self-produced and mixed. It isn’t an easy task but with the experience Ill has, he was up for the challenge.
Today Illogic shares the video to the second single, “Aphextwin,” also self-directed. The imagery is up close and personal, tightly knit, boxing the artist in, which matches the claustrophobic feel of the music surrounding him. Now while he may have borrowed the named for the track after Richard David James’ musical alter ego, he didn’t sample anything from the artist. He says, “I named it ‘Aphextwin’ because I was listening to his track ‘Actium’ when I wrote the lyrics, so it sparked the idea for the song.”
Of the track itself, Illogic offers, “The track Illogic said “I believe it represents the angst felt by all human beings right now in all aspects of existence. Angst felt not only due to politics but life in general, due to the current climate of the world.”