Natalie’s Audible Artifact

The song I’ve chosen for the assignment is “Nikki” by Logic. In the song, Logic talks about his addiction to nicotine. He tries to overcome his addiction, but it hardly works out as he constantly mentions that he’s “a slave to the nicotine”. Logic feels it in his lungs, in his veins and admits that it’s an unhealthy addiction, “I hate that I need you, Nikki.” He begins to question what kind of man he is to allow this drug to consume his life, “Every day, I wonder who I am / Who will I be? Where will I go?” Aware of where this path of addiction will lead him, Logic wants to desperately let go but nicotine is everything that he craves. This reminded of Samad’s relationship with Poppy Burt-Jones. Samad wants to be a man of his religion but is held back by his sexual desire for Poppy. Samad brings up that he’s never felt such desire in the past ten years and now his every waking thought is consumed by her. He commits acts that aren’t exactly praised by Allah such as masturbation and drinking. Samad is also aware that these actions don’t make him the man he wants to be which leads to a pang of weighing guilt over him. He tries to justify his actions by making deals with his God, giving up masturbation to drink and/or fasting when he’d masturbate to make the playing field even, one sin being canceled out by the other action. Even with Samad’s deals and mantra’s, to the pure all things are pure, he continues to be tortured by his actions but shows no signs of stopping.

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