How Yankees’ Aaron Judge appeared on Logic’s new album ‘Vinyl Days’
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Aaron Judge was on the sidelines of an NFL game with father and a few friends when he spotted a familiar face.
It was the rapper Logic, and he wasn’t talking to anyone. Judge had long been a fan of Logic, appreciating his creativity and storytelling ability, in particular. So, Judge walked over, introduced himself, and the pair hit it off.
Two years later, Judge’s voice wasn’t just on the new album “Vinyl Days” that Logic released Friday. The song ‘Aaron Judge’ — track No. 10 — is a 23-second skit with a voice note from the Yankees slugger playing over a beat.
“Pretty cool,” Judge told NJ Advance Media Tuesday afternoon.
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really cool, some Yankees fans might say.
On the track, Judge invites Logic to appear at Yankee Stadium.
“You’re gonna be playing out in (the) Barclays (Center) here coming up up soon,” Judge says. “How about we get you out to the stadium? Chop up some beats, get it rollin’, my man. Let me know what you think. later.”
Logic and Wiz Khalifa are co-headlining the Vinyl Verse tour this summer. It includes a stop at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Aug. 16. That’s smack in the middle of when the Yankees face the Rays for a three-game series from Aug. 15-17.
Judge said he and Logic have stayed in touch over the years. When Logic works on new music, often he’ll send it to Judge.
Then, one day, Logic pitched the idea of Judge sending him a voice note to put on an upcoming album. Judge thought it might be tackled on to the beginning or an end of a song.
“I didn’t think I’d have my own song title,” he said. “That’s a little funny. He was really appreciative, and I told him that I appreciate it. I’ve never been on a song before. Maybe I’ll start up a new career.”
Judge said that he especially enjoyed listening to Logic when he was in the minor leagues and roommates with Kyle Haynes, a former Yankees pitcher.
“He was a big Logic fan,” Judge said. “So, we’d always listen to it, listen to some of his old albums, and I was always a fan. He’s very creative. He’s also artsy with this thing. He keeps it pretty fresh and tries new things. I always appreciated that, and just the storytelling as a rapper. It was pretty impressive. It was pretty cool once I got to finally meet him and hit it off like that.”
Action Bronson, director JJ Abrams, Russ, Curren$y, Wiz Khalifa, Royce da 5′9″, RZA, AZ, DJ Premier and The Game are among the other notable names to appear on the album.
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