Mic Logik of Chi-Native Entertainment recently released GONE featuring E.Brown, another talented Chicago rap veteran. The song surrounds the idea of how music is idolized and elevated only after an emcee has passed on. It is a slightly dark, lyrical, laid back, boom bap single that makes one introspective about their own path in the music business.
Mic Logik’s first verse starts in with lines that evoke thought, “So what did you expect? Some one to give you all the keys? For record deals I swear that y’all would fall to knees!” Eventually leading into a line with a que from your stereotypical friend that says they will come out to a show, but obviously they do not because they are full of air. “Hey whens your next show? I’ll be there bro! Trust me,” Mic Logik responds, “I lost count how many times I killed at SubT.” That line has to be relatable to every working artist that performs in Chicago, even if you are not familiar with Subterranean. Bringing in that other frat bro voice seals the cynical humor on the record.
The subsequent line again attacks that feeling when someone runs into a friend or acquaintance, just how quick they are to say they will come out to a show knowing they never will. “Be authentic, keep all that fake love please, I’ve been telling y’all forever Mic Logik’s a must see!” And he’s honestly right, he is, either by himself or rocking mics with WRDS and I.Deal of Chi-Native Ent.
Mic Logik can flow, write, freestyle, has a steadily growing catalog, and he has been sharpening his hip hop craft for a while. He utilizes tight succinct rhyme structures, and he is great at staying on topic and leading a listener from the beginning to the end of a 16 or 32 bar verse. He also has a dope feature and beat selection, and can perform all of his material live. Mic Logik, like most of the elite emcees circulating through Wicker Park on any given Tuesday night, can rap over an instrumental with out any backing tracks.
When the hook of the song comes in, it is a slightly complex but effective audience grabber that the crowd will be able to hear a few times and repeat back to get into the rhythm of GONE. As well as further exploring the concept of accolades while alive vs milestones while dead. “They gon’ miss me when I’m gone, gone. So today you’re hot, then tomorrow somebody new! They gon’ love me when I’m gone, gone. I’ve watched them come and go, acting like something was due! They gon’ miss me when I’m gone, gone. And through all the ups and downs, I always tried to stay strong. They gon’ love me when I’m gone, gone. And when my spirit rolls on, you resurrect me with songs.”
E.Brown drops hard bars and schemes throughout with rhymes like; “I don’t expect much, but it sucks when people neglect, that we do it for love, cause some of these clubs don’t cut the check.” As well as “Got more cosigns than a notary, so my shows supposed to be packed wall to wall, with all my homies g, but look out in the crowd its all strangers, most notably.” This song is a great example of staying on topic. Every single bar touches upon the theme of a lack of support for being a musician or artist while being alive. Mentally battling the negative people around you is a struggle many will face within their lifetime as a creative, and GONE illustrates this idea quite well.
The songs production was done by Chicago’s own, Custom Made. If you are not familiar with his sound or work, we highly suggest checking out his catalog of instrumentals and songs he has produced for a plethora of Chicago talent. The song ends with a chant style bridge leading back into the hook leaving a listener pondering how people will view or think of their music once they are star dust and ashes. GONE is a song every creative needs to hear, especially if they have dealt with fake support or a lack there of.