Logic’s hit single “1-800-273-8255” remains #3 on Billboard’s Top 100

Track featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid sheds a light on suicide awareness; title shares National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s phone number

Sylvia Chan, News & Copy Editor

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Girls, money, drugs- these are just some of the popular topics that mainstream rappers nowadays talk about in their songs. How about suicide awareness? Featuring vocal powerhouse Alessia Cara and the soulful voice of Khalid, “1-800-273-8255” is a song about reaching out for help. The title shares the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL)’s phone number, and the song embodies a call to the suicide prevention lifeline, its response, and the result. The single out now is off Logic’s third studio album, “Everybody.” He shared that this is one of his heaviest songs to date, in a series of tweets before the single’s release on April 28. Logic and the NSPL partnered together to create the song in an effort to increase suicide awareness.

Logic recently shared with Genius.com that this wasn’t an easy song to write, but he knew he had to do it. “This is one of those songs where it took me a few months to do it and it didn’t take a few months because I wasn’t inspired. It’s just such a hard song to do for me. When I listen to it, it takes me to a solemn place, but for the listener it takes them to a higher place, and that’s why I do it,” said Logic.

Logic raps: “I feel like I’m out of my mind/It feel like my life ain’t mine.” Logic follows up with the prevention lifeline perspective, encouraging the listener to embrace life. “I want you to be alive…/Now lemme tell you why.” Alessia Cara enters the picture with an angelic vocal performance, singing: “I know that you’ll thank God you did.” Khalid appears at the end of the record.  He finishes the track leaving the listeners with hope.

In the three weeks following the track’s release, calls directed to the NSPL increased by 27 percent, and visits to its website increased from 300,000 to 400,000. Since its release in April, “1-800-273-8255” continues to spread awareness every day through the mainstream music industry, carrying its message of hope to everyone who listens.  

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Sylvia Chan, News & Copy Editor

Sylvia was on the The Watchdog staff for three years and served as the News & Copy Editor for two of them. She was also captain of Hylton's Academic...

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