“Don’t Be Afraid To Be Different” by Logic (Ft. Will Smith)
As the title suggests, Logic’s “Don’t Be Afraid To Be Different” is a song which encourages its listeners to be fearless in expressing their individuality. The artists (Logic and Will Smith) use two different strategies to encourage the audience to embrace who they are. The legendary Will Smith centers on his ‘trendsetting’ career, crediting his success to “doing it different”. Meanwhile, Logic sets out to “pump up”, as in inspire, the listener to accomplish his or her goals.
This track is heavily influenced by nostalgia, outside of the fact that it features an old school rapper like Will Smith. For instance, as alluded to earlier, it interpolates the classic 1989 dance song “Pump Up the Jam”. Logic also references vintage MCs Rakim and Run DMC. Moreover, Smith himself begins his verse borrowing a line from his theme song to the classic television show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. That show originally aired in 1990 and featured Smith as the star.
The overall message of this song
In all, this song uses a 20th century theme to relay an encouraging message to listeners concerning the achievement of their goals. And Logic chose wisely in a collaborator, as Will Smith actually has the credentials to make fans lend him an ear.
- Whereas this is the first collaboration between Logic and Will Smith, Logic did feature Will’s son, Jaden, on the 2018 track “Iconic”.
- Logic and Will Smith had assistance in writing this song in the form of the likes of Jeffrey Tonnesen and 6ix.
- 6ix also produced “Don’t Be Afraid to Be Different” alongside DJ Khalil.
- This song came out as part of Logic’s album, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, on 10 May 2019.
Full List of Songwriters credited with penning this song
Below is a full list of all the songwriters who receive writing credits on “Don’t Be Afraid To Be Different”:
- Will Smith
- Jeffrey Tonnesen
- Manuela Kamosi
- Thomas De Quincy