Logic’s first (the “Caterpillar Remix” doesn’t count) collaboration with Eminem, the Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind track “Homicide,” has arrived in select international markets. The eerie instrumental sets a tone of simmering tension, and Logic sets the pace with a running flow, sounding effortless as he flexes his technical prowess. It’s likely that many have already prematurely predicted “lyrical miracles” on this go-around, yet Bobby Tarantino still allows himself room for a playful streak. It’s clear that there’s a sort of healthy competition transpiring, as both aspire to reach the upper echelon of their craft, holding shared values and principles.
Eminem matches Logic’s energy and then some, weaving impressive double-time schemes laced with homages to former collaborator Jay-Z, with whom he once traded bars on “Renegade.” The post-Kamikaze venom still lingers, as Em’s tirade picks up whirlwind momentum; the same targets are once again shown no mercy, particularly those who rely on ghostwriters to pen their bars. His clever ear remains intact (“you couldn’t hold a candle at a prayer vigil”) though at this point, Em has become somewhat of a divisive artist and unlikely to convert the skeptics. Still, he’s comfortably in his element on “Homicide,” finding himself a lyrical sparring partner and indulging in a bit of Chris D’Elia inspired self-deprecation.