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It’s been eight years since Sir Robert Bryson Hall started playing at small clubs and bars under the stage name “Psychological.” Since then, he has shortened his name to simply “Logic,” released three albums and moved up to headlining venues as big as the 21,374-capacity Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain, View Calif.

Raised in the impoverished West Deer Park neighborhood of Gaithersburg, Md., Logic is open about his troubled childhood, often addressing past experiences in his music. Both of his parents struggled with drug addiction and his father left him at a young age. He released his first unofficial mixtape, Psychological – Logic: The Mixtape, after he dropped out of high school. He spent the following years amassing a dedicated fanbase, and opened for acts such as Pitbull, Method Man and Ludacris.


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But entering the rap game wasn’t easy. He often felt adversity because he was bi-racial. “I had my ups and downs with it,” he told ET Canada. “What it really comes down to is my happiness and my acceptance of myself.”

After releasing his breakout mixtape, Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever, Logic signed to Def Jam Recordings in 2014 and dropped his debut album, Under Pressure, later that year. The album received acclaim from fans and critics alike, with most praising him for his personal lyrics.

Logic continued to rap about family trouble on his next two albums, in addition to tackling themes of depression. He launched his own suicide prevention campaign with the release of “1-800-273-8255,” the third single off his latest album, Everybody. The song borrows its title from the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, which received a 33 percent uptick in calls since the single released in April.

“I just wanted them to know that they weren’t really alone,” Logic told CBS News. 


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The single, which features Khalid and Alessia Cara, has since gone double platinum. The new album also features the likes of Killer Mike, Chuck D and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, among others.

Logic typically sells an average of more than 5,000 tickets per show, with a gross averaging above $163,000, according to Pollstar box office reports. He is set to play at various holiday festivals this fall, including the 101.5 Jingle Ball in Phoenix and 99.7 Now! Poptopia in San Jose Calif., before he heads out on the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour in December. – Ron Camacho