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Logic officially announced his return to the rap game on Thursday.
Over the years, rappers have become notorious for announcing short-lived retirements. In 2003, Jay-Z dropped The Black Album, only to return three years later. More recently, stars like Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj have claimed to be stepping away from the game, just to get back to the booth shortly after. Maryland MC Logic announced his retirement in July 2020 with the album No Pressure. On Thursday, he announced his return via a Michael Jordan-inspired press release:
“The following statement was released today by Logic, through his attorney Paul Rothenberg Partner of Rothenberg, Mohr & Binder, LLP located in NYC, in response to questions about his future career plans,” the statement reads, “I’m back.”
— BobbyBullet (@Logic301) June 17, 2021
The release references Michael Jordan’s March 1995 return to the National Basketball Association. After 17 months playing minor league baseball with the Birmingham Barons, Jordan announced his return to the league with a simple two-word fax.
At the time of his retirement, Logic explained that the decision was made so he could focus on being “a great father.” “I just wanted to retire because I”m over it man,” he told Billboard at the time. “Not even in a negative way, I’m just over it.” Around that same time, Logic had signed a seven-figure deal with the video game streaming platform Twitch.
“It’s going to connect me and my fans now more than ever because I’m not painstakingly in the studio,” he continued. “Now I can just be on Twitch, stream with my fans, have conversations with my fans, play video games with my fans, [and] make beats for my fans. I wanna make beats for up and coming rappers on the spot and give it to them for free and if they take it, don’t charge them and don’t even take publishing.”