The new video, “Homicide” from Logic is a double double take. The story begins with Logic’s buddy sharing that he can get a body double when Eminem is not able to make the video. Logic is freaking out because he cannot conceive of using a body double in a video. His buddy mentions he can also get Logic a body double and it’s going to be Squints from The Sandlot, aka Chauncey Leopardi while Chris D’Elia plays Eminem. Logic completely freaks out but agrees to it after seeing the awesome performance.
The video begins with Paul Rosenberg, who is Eminem’s music manager leaving a voicemail stating that Eminem can’t do the video because he’s traveling up north. Logic takes to FaceTime to chat with Chauncey who appears to be in a 7’ll and trying to downplay his excitement in getting the part. He turns around and busts out a stellar performance which is sure not to disappoint. The rap is quick, smooth with lyrics, “Slim shady, none of you mother fuckers impress me.” It is fast and sharp as Logic busts through the song. Lyrics like, “Hit em with this. I got bitches, I got hoes, I got red designer clothes. No, no please do not do that” are churned out very fast.
The song then turns to Chris D’Elia who shares with Logic that he’s ‘way ahead of you’ and portrays Eminem perfectly. He busts out lyrics, “Hold up I said, I wrote over my opponents. When I go ‘ruff’ like the doberman said. You’re about to get out rhymed. I don’t have to say a fucking thing though. I wipe my ass with six mil, big bills.” Eminem is tight with this portion of the song, it’s like time stood still in one sense that his lyrical genius pours through so effortlessly.
In the end, there is a text from Eminem that reads, “Message from Marshall Mathers” and the message says, “D’Elia doesn’t play me. I play D’Elia.” The video has reached over 18.7 million views on youtube so far. In the end, there is a clip from Chris D’Elia doing an impression of Eminem, which Eminem himself approved.
The song “Homicide” is the third single off of Logic’s upcoming album, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. Logic previously debuted the previous singles from the album: “Keanu Reeves” in January and “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” in March. According to Logic, the album should be “coming soon,” but there is no set release date for it yet.
In an interview with Billboard, D’Elia shares, “I’ve never talked to Eminem, he seems like kind of an elusive guy, but obviously he’s awesome,” says D’Elia, who admits to not being very good at impressions, but, for whatever reason, figured out how to do a very credible version of Em’s twisty, speedy flow. “But Logic reached out to say thanks, and I was like, ‘Dude, of course.’ We traded compliments, and he’s a really nice guy and he texted me today to say, ‘Dude you snapped and people love it!’ I wrote back, ‘Dude, that’s awesome. You’re the man!'”
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