Logic Devotes His Music To Suicide Prevention
Sunday was National Suicide Prevention Day. We get the majority of our traffic on Tuesdays, so I figured this would be appropriate to post today. Logic recently topped DJ Khaled‘s 18-week #1 streak for R&B/Hip Hop singles sales with his inspiring track, 1-800-273-8255. It sold more 69,443 units, more than double the song at #2, Cardi B‘s Bodak Yellow selling 34,604 units. The song is also currently ranked #9 in Billboard‘s Top 100, making it Logic’s first single in the top 10.
The song was intended to create awareness for suicide prevention, the title of the track, 1-800-273-8255, being the phone number to the Suicide Prevention Hotline. Since it’s release in April, the song has certainly brought awareness to the cause. The day after his VMA performance, calls to the Suicide Prevention Hotlines Increased By 50%. During the performance, Logic was joined onstage by attempt survivors and loss survivors. He ended it with a powerful speech. See the performance and speech below.
Logic said in an Interview with Genius…
So the first hook and verse is from the perspective of someone who is calling the hotline and they want to commit suicide. They want to kill themselves. They want to end their life. When I jumped on a tour bus that started in Los Angeles, California and I ended in New York City and did a fan tour where I went to fan’s houses and shared meals with them, hung out with them, played them my album before it came out. Them along with other people on tour, just fans that I met randomly, they’ve said things like, “Your music has saved my life. You’ve saved my life.” And I was always like, “Aw so nice of you. Thanks.” And I give them a hug and shit but in my mind, I’m like, “What the fuck?” And they’re really serious. And they tat shit on their arms and get shit like lyrics that save their life and in my mind, I was like, “Man I wasn’t even trying to save nobody’s life.” And then it hit me, the power that I have as an artist with a voice. I wasn’t even trying to save your life. Now what can happen if I actually did?
A rising media star bringing this to the forefront is exactly what we need from our content creators these days. There are a vast number of individuals struggling with mental health issues, and knowing where to find the life rafts of communication is a vital step in the right direction. Logic helped bring this to front and center.
Next steps are understanding the issues concerning suicide and mental health – some are too ashamed to find help.
The music video is also done beautifully. It was directed by Andy Hines, who also directed Big Sean’s One Man Can Change The World featuring Kanye West and John Legend. This video won Best Video With a Social Message at the 2015 MTV Awards. The video’s protagonist is a young man struggling with his sexuality. The video has some big name actors such as Coy Stewart, Nolan Gould, Don Cheadle, Luis Guzmán and Matthew Modine. See the video below.