Logic Explains How He Was Able To Triumph & Get All Of Wu-Tang On His Song (Video)
Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, RZA, Method Man, GZA, Inspectah Deck, Cappadonna, U-God and Masta Killa all appear on Logic’s new album, YSIV (Young Sinatra 4), released Friday (September 28). The Gaithersburg, Maryland MC/producer was able to pull of a huge stunt in getting all living Wu-Tang Clan members (plus U-God protégé Jackpot Scotty Wotty) all on one track and, in so doing, the 28-year-old made Rap history.
Pulling off such a triumph will likely prove to be a standout anecdote of Logic’s career. He’s been a longtime, self-professed Wu Head and has earned the respect of veteran MCs on past albums. He’s worked with Black Thought, Chuck D, Eminem, Juicy J, Killer Mike, Royce 5’9 and others. But for Bobby Tarantino, getting the Killer Bees all together will be a hard milestone to beat. “Wu-Tang [Clan] was my introduction to Hip-Hop. The fact that every member f*cks with me is a big deal, ’cause they don’t f*ck with just everybody,” he says in a recent interview with Hard Knock TV.
The collaboration may never have happened, he says, without the help of alcohol. Logic says he was with some friends and, while drinking, he threw out the idea of getting Wu on his song. Some of his friends were apprehensive about the idea, but others were encouraging. Eventually, Logic felt emboldened enough to pick up the phone. “I called RZA and he was, like, ‘Bong, Bong, wassup, what it is, what it do?’ and I told him ‘Look, I’ve been drinkin’. I’ve got a question…what do I gotta do to get every single Wu-Tang member on my album and call the song Wu-Tang Forever?”
RZA was keen, saying “All you gotta do is ask, baby,” and the ball started rolling. Naturally, Logic was at times incredulous. “Not gonna lie. The whole time the song was getting done, I didn’t think it was going to happen. Just imagine how that sounds…I just can’t believe it. It doesn’t make sense,” he says.
Logic also shares that some of the song’s identifying features were recorded in an unusual place. “All of the ‘Wu-Tang’ [chanting] is all of us on the tour bus and then I pitched it down so it sounds like the really old Wu Tang,” he recalls. RZA gave the beat his seal of approval, which Logic says happened because “It came from within. It came from my heart. I know Wu Tang. I know the vibe. They can rap on anything, but I wasn’t going to send them some ‘Marvin’s Room’ Drake sh*t. We rappin’, you know what I mean?”
At the same time, though, Logic says he was adamant that he not be “suckin’ ’em off too much” on the song. “I wanted it to be an homage. I didn’t want them to feel old. I think that’s why they f*ck with it. My whole verse is true love.”
Elsewhere, Logic recalls opening up for Ghostface and needing a police escort at the show and touches on the possibility of a Bobby Digital/Bobby Tarantino collab project.
YSIV also features Wale, Jaden Smith, and Big Lenbo.