Four years ago, Logic set pen to paper and constructed his first novel titled Supermarket. The 29-year-old rapper created a character named Flynn, a grocery store employee in search of the meaning of life after his girlfriend calls it quits in their relationship. The book, which made Logic the first rapper to have a No. 1 New York Times Bestseller in fiction, also addresses anxiety and depression. The “Everyday” rapper shared how the content stemmed from his own life.
“The research I did was all personal,” he told The New York Times, adding that he had an anxiety attack in 2015 when he was planning to see Star Wars. “I was in the most depressed, anxiety-ridden place of my life. My mother was bipolar. She took heavy medication to deal with it, and I grew up with friends who were schizophrenic, so I experienced that firsthand.”
Given these encounters, the Maryland native, born Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, said facing his novel was a hard task due to its subject matter. “One of the biggest challenges was writing something that stemmed from real life,” he said. “Nobody wants to talk about anxiety and depression and being scared and feeling crippled at times. It’s not a fun thing to discuss. I have written scripts for my albums before, I have done concept albums, so I guess it is something that has been building up.”
While writing the chapters, “Bobby Bestseller” also came up with the idea to create a soundtrack, which he shared was a departure from what fans were used to hearing from him. “It’s all indie music,” he revealed. Essentially, the music was created from the standpoint of his Flynn character.
Humbled. Thank YOU all. pic.twitter.com/AaPjZxKhEu
— Bobby Bestseller (@Logic301) April 3, 2019