I relish being around inspirational people who take mastering their craft as serious as I do. If you had to look up that definition in the dictionary there would be a picture of Logic right next to it. The MC out of Maryland has been out here pushing his message of peace, love, and positivity for quite some time now. From day one I’ve been a fan of his, so big of a fan in fact that I wrote my first ever rap review on his album The Incredible True Story. I love rappers who can not only give us banging’ beats but some substance in their bars. There’s been many nights where I’ve put on some Logic when the world feels like it’s upside down and for that split second, everything feels like it’s going to be alright.
My boy Chris (@Chris93Soto) works for a company that produces tickets and wristbands for concerts, festivals, shows, etc. My birthday happens to be next Saturday so he copped me a few extra tickets as a gift. Shout out bro, you a real one.
I shared the news with my girlfriend and she was possibly more excited than I was. At first I almost told her I was going to take someone else and record her reaction. Then I was going to upload it to World Star for the culture but then I thought about it. I probably would have gotten shanked and I’m not about that life anymore. Just a word of advice fellas, small Latina women got the world’s largest mean streaks, this is science, don’t debate me. Plus, I’m happy I ended up taking her. I had the hottest girl at the concert with me in this tiny blue dress that I had to make sure didn’t rise up on her but it comes with the territory.
Not only did I get to see Logic, I got to see Big Lenbo and Joey Bada$$. Also, two very dope rappers. I’m one of those guys that likes to look around and really take in the moment. So, while they were both on stage I sat there bobbing my head and just watched as the crowd went crazy. Not only do I love taking in the moment, I love using these moments as a source of inspiration. Whenever I’m at professional basketball games, or NFL games, or even rap concerts I look at those guys as the pinnacle of success. They’ve grinded, sacrificed, and put it all on the line to get to where they are. I find it a bit emotional sometimes and have even caught myself tearing up just thinking that if they can do it, so can I.
The thought of one day being in front of thousands of people yelling because they love what I do gives me the ultimate rush. I don’t plan on just writing articles and interviewing celebrities my whole life, I want to grow. I have a podcast alongside the homie Wardell (@ponaxWardell), my brother (@Hi_MyNameIsAli) and I want to write and animate our own YouTube show, I want to try my hand at stand-up comedy, I want to write TV shows and movies. I can’t tell you how many people have laughed at me when I tell them these things, but just being in the presence of a rapper like Logic who started with nothing like I did gives me hope. It gives me something to strive for.
I sat there and waited until the lights dimmed and Logic made his way on stage. The warm Austin night was still and quite when suddenly the beat dropped. It was at that point that I knew shit was about to get real. I have never in my life seen so many people jump to their feet and start yelling at the same time, it was fucking insane. I felt this tidal wave of energy move through the arena and I just rode it. I got goosebumps when I saw him hit the stage. I tried to put myself in his position as everyone around me was yelling, “LOGIC! LOGIC! LOGIC!”
Imagine standing in front of THOUSANDS of people yelling like their asses off. Those same people spend money on your music, your merchandise, your concerts and thanks to them you live a great life. Because of the people in the stands you can provide for your family. All that rushed through my head as I told myself that one day, someway-somehow, that was going to be me. I pulled my girl into me and I wrapped my arms around her. In my head, I was promising her that soon that will be me. I’m a big believer that your thoughts become reality and I was setting the plan in motion. I was planting the seed if you will.
My favorite part of the show was about halfway through the show when Logic brought out a young fan on stage. It was his birthday and Logic had all of us sing Happy Birthday to him. It was probably the dopest thing I’ve ever been a part of. My mind instantly thought about how good that young kid must have felt. I wouldn’t be surprised if in 10 years we hear about him becoming the next big rapper. When he’s interviewed, he will be able to pinpoint to this very moment and say this is where it all started. I can’t wait until I can be that moment for the next great creative talent. I can’t wait until I’m someone people look up to.