“Man, this one is so different, because this is where all this happened. Tonight you’re here with me and the homies in the basement.”
Logic’s highly anticipated College Park Tour recently made a triumphant homecoming stop at DC’s Echostage, creating an electric atmosphere that pulsated with the energy of diehard fans from Bobby Hall’s old stomping grounds.
From the moment fans entered the venue on June 8, it was clear that Logic had designed a stage setup unlike anything seen in his previous outings. Gone were the flashy lights and pyrotechnics of his arena tours, replaced with a more modest setup that harkened back to the humble 2011 basement in College Park where he first discovered his creative vision and committed himself to mastering his craft in hip-hop.
Logic’s set took fans on an unforgettable journey through the highlights of his vibrant discography. Stepping onto the “basement” stage in a bathrobe and waving to the crowd, Logic ignited the night with a fiery rendition of his College Park single, “Wake Up,” followed by the explosive track “Lightsabers” featuring his long-time collaborator C Dot Castro.
Watch the official music video for “Wake Up” by Logic featuring Lucy Rose on YouTube:
Before diving into his next track, Logic took a poignant moment to pay tribute to the DMV rappers who paved the way for his own success. Openers Fat Trel and ADÉ, as well as Big Lenbo, joined Logic on stage, creating a powerful atmosphere of gratitude and camaraderie. Together, they delivered a bombastic rendition of “Gaithersburg Freestyle,” each rapper bringing their own unique flair and energy to their verse.
Having paid homage to his roots, Logic made it clear that this night was a full-fledged journey for his fans, and he did not disappoint. Seamlessly transitioning through hits from his debut studio album, “Under Pressure,” and delving into tracks like “Fade Away” and “Upgrade” from the critically acclaimed “The Incredible True Story” released in 2015, Logic’s loyal fanbase reveled in the recognition of his earlier projects.
Logic’s early discography is characterized by its raw lyricism, intricate wordplay, and elaborate concepts. However, a major turning point occurred with the release of his chart-topping hit about suicide, “1-800-273-8255.” During the concert, this emotional anthem was played passionately and sung by everyone in attendance. Logic candidly admitted that being labeled as “the suicide guy” at that point in his career had taken a toll on his mental health, and he longed to create new hits with infectious hooks and high energy in 2017. The third quarter of the show showcased this era of his work, featuring tracks like “Overnight,” “Everyday,” “Keanu Reeves,” and “Homicide,” which reverberated through the music hall.
Bringing the journey full circle, Logic treated fans to songs from his more recent projects, particularly his 2020 album “No Pressure,” which served as a spiritual successor to his debut. The crowd delighted in the recognizable beats produced by No I.D. and Logic’s signature lyricism that defined their sonic reunion. Standout tracks like “No Pressure Intro” and “GP3” were masterfully performed, and Logic surprised fans with an exhilarating, high-tempo remix of “GP3” featuring the talented Tramayne “TMAN” Hudson.
As the concert drew to a close, Logic revisited a fan-favorite from his early years—the title track of “The Incredible True Story.” His poignant verses on the song, urging listeners to embrace their passions and remain true to themselves, provided the perfect outro. Logic left his adoring fans with one last message of Peace, Love, and Positivity, encapsulating the essence of his artistry and leaving a lasting impact on everyone present.
Here are some photos of Logic performing at Echostage on June 8, 2023. All pictures copyright and courtesy of Graeme Jackson.