Is it possible to for someone to be a "true artist" if he or she makes the same music over and over and over? According to Logic, the answer is no.
Late Monday evening, the Def Jam emcee shared his thoughts on this topic by tweeting the following:
First, let me just say, I hate the concept of a "true" anything—a true pioneer, a true believer, a true genius. Either you're an artist or you're not an artist. If you're not a "true artist," do you automatically become a "false artist"? Of course not, it's cliché gobbledygook.
With all due respect to Logic, who in the past has stated that he believes authenticity, above all else, is what allows his music to connect with fans, it is not only possible but also often a good idea for an artist to stick to a formula that has proven to be successful.
While it's fair game to label this type of approach to making music as lazy, predictable or safe—and often, it's a combination of all three—that doesn't make the creative any less of a "true artist."
Whereas Logic has succeeded over the past six years by crafting three concept albums that, in total, have generated one hit record, an artist like Drake spent 430 straight weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 by manufacturing hit records that have mostly followed a similar blueprint. Drake has been criticized for his lack of artistic growth, which isn't off base, but nobody, not even the biggest Drake-hating troll this side of Toronto, would dare to claim he isn't a "true artist."
The same argument could be made for veteran artists like Future and Gucci Mane, who have both followed a similar sonic path over the course of their careers. There are a countless number of Future and Gucci records that both sound like previous Future and Gucci records and will undoubtedly sound like future Future and Gucci records, but both men are artists in every sense of the word.
In his last tweet, Logic wrote that it's important to "make your art from the heart." I agree. But what if an artist's musical heart keeps telling them the same thing? And what if that message is so powerful, so catchy, and so dominant, that an artist comes to the realization that it would actually be in their best interest not to change up their style or approach?
True artistry, more than anything, is about an artist just being themselves. Some artists are only capable of being momentary artists, while others are career artists, but no matter which category an artist falls into, they're still an artist.