This morning (May 17), in the midst of a series of tweets regarding his thoughts on the success of his No. 1 album Everybody, Logic offered up a reminder to his fellow artists that true art is meant to be reacted to and that not all of those reactions will be positive.
Notice how Logic made no attempt to sway anyone who may have disliked his most recent project in that tweet? With that statement, the Def Jam emcee pinpointed a realization that far too many artists in the digital era have yet to fully internalize.
Some people are going to love what you make, and other people are going to hate what you make.
There's something to be said for constructive criticism and using it to hone your craft. But chasing an approval rating at the expense of your artistic voice is contrary to the purpose of art in the first place and beyond that, it rarely works.
When artists attempt to please everyone, they usually end up pleasing nobody. Do you, make the art that you want to make, and understand that dealing with criticism is going to be a constant part of the game. Every great artist has dealt with detractors, and the more successful an artist becomes, the more haters will be lining up to hurl insults their way.
The important thing is to focus on making the best art you can make, and cherishing the fans who do support that art. Showing love to those who show you love has been an integral part of Logic's strategy since day one, which has led to the most successful album of his career.
Art is going to be divisive, it's subjective. Sometimes the art that's hated upon (or ignored or disrespected) the most becomes beloved later on. Kanye, who had to beg record labels to view him as a recording and not just as a beatmaker, was once known as the producer you called only if Just Blaze wasn't available; things turned out OK for him.
Accept the fact that people are going to love and hate regardless and keep making the art you want to make.
Just ask Logic.