Up-and-coming rapper brings awareness to suicide

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Rapper Logic live at the MTV VMA’s last month.

People seem to have mixed feelings toward the Maryland-based rapper, Logic, as he has slowly grown to the top. His album, Everybody has been given mixed reviews by critics despite the fact that it has already hit  number one on the US billboard top 200.

One song on the album that has touched the hearts of many including other artists such as Ke$ha and Katy Perry, is Logic’s single “1-800-273-8255”. This song is a suicide prevention anthem that puts forth the message of hope in the face of life-threatening despair by giving out the number for the National Suicide Prevention Line .

The song takes on a perspective of someone calling NSPL wanting to commit suicide, yet after a conversation with the NSPL representative, the caller soon decides he wants to live instead!

In an interview with “Genius”, a database for music,  Logic talks about how the inspiration for the song came to him when he was on fan tour and went to some fan’s houses.

“Them, along with other people on tour, and fans I met randomly [have] said things like: ‘dude your music really saved my life’ and they’re really serious! he said in my mind, I wasn’t to try to save their lives, but what can happen if I actually did?”

The single took months to make and logic even says it was the hardest song he has ever made.

“I didn’t want to talk about that [stuff]… it was really, really hard one so I made sure I didn’t rush it out.” For more on Logic’s interview, check out https://genius.com/Logic-1-800-273-8255-lyrics

Logic performed the song live at the VMA s, and touched even more hearts as 50 suicide-attempt survivors joined him on stage, touching more hearts, while even boosting the popularity of the single. Since the performance, suicide prevention calls have increased by 50% and is now also the highest charting phone number in Hot 100 History.

Logic is an up-and-coming  rapper who has been growing since his first album Under Pressure which would debut number 4 on the U.S Billboard 200. His second album The Incredible True Story would become certified gold in the U.S. His third album Everybody was released in 2017 and debuted no.1 on the U.S Billboard, however, record for biggest sales drop for a no. 1 album.

The rapper took to twitter to tell fans he made this song for anyone in a dark place and “seem to follow the light”. Talking about suicide can be uncomfortable for some, which is why it is so important to have positive sources for people to turn to, in order to take care of their own mental health.

Songs like “1-800-273-8255”, are great ways to unwind, and work through problems.

 

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