Logic did not hold back at the Grammys Sunday.
During a moving performance of 1-800-273-8255 (which had the audience cheering), the rapper made an attention-grabbing speech that addressed equality, race and President Trump's recent controversial comments about immigrants from certain countries.
"Stand and fight for those who are not weak, but have yet to discover the strength that the evil of this world has done its best to conceal," he preached. "To all the beautiful countries filled with culture, diversity and thousands of years of history, you are not shitholes!"
>> Kendrick Lamar, U2, Dave Chappelle open 2018 Grammys with political performance
Backstage, Logic explained his comments.
"I was actually asked by the Recording Academy to give a speech, and I didn't want to just spew out anything, I wanted it to come from the heart. I'm not Tupac. I'm not a prophetic dude or anything like that," he said. "I just want to make music and have fun. However, I have a power that a lot of people in this world don't, and I've been given a stage that the 1% get. I thought that if I had this power, I was going to use it for positivity and to spread a positive message. Everyone is beautiful and the world isn't equal, and we need to fight towards that."
Logic, whose father is black and mother is white, also explained the reason his speech focused on elevating blackness and African countries.
"I'm proud of who I am and I'm proud to be a person of 'undercover color,' I guess you could say. And regarding the president, which I never thought I'd say in a press room, which is insane. Look, I'm not a politician, but if that man can call those beautiful places 'shitholes,' I can stand up and say they are not 'shitholes,' " he said. "They are amazing. And that's all I wanted to do. I didn't want to stir anything up, I just wanted to tell the truth: We are all beautiful."
>> Kendrick Lamar: 5 things to know
Read Logic's powerful speech, in full, below:
Black is beautiful. Hate is ugly. Women are as precious as they are stronger than any man I have ever met. And unto them I say: Stand tall and crush all predators under the weight of your heart that is full of the love they will never take away from you. Be not scared to use your voice, and especially in instances like these when you have the opportunity. Stand and fight for those who are not weak, but have yet to discover the strength that the evil of this world has done its best to conceal. To all the beautiful countries filled with culture, diversity and thousands of years of history, you are not shitholes! And lastly, on behalf of those who fight for equality in a world that is not equal, not just and not ready for the change we are here to bring. I say unto you, bring us your tired, your poor and any immigrant who seeks refuge. For together, we can build not just a better country, but a world that is destined to be united.
Contributing: Patrick Ryan