The message in the music

Logic offers life-saving advice through new song


Story by Celeste Anderson, editor in chief

This past Sunday, rapper-singer-songwriter Logic performed his new hit song, along with Alessia Cara and Khalid, at the Video Music Awards, or VMAs.

The title of the song is “1-800-273-8255”, which is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. In the song, Logic sings and raps about how life feels out of control and unmanageable at times. He then continues into how people do not wish to be alive, they feel that no one cares about their existence and how they feel very hurt inside but they can’t show it.

Toward the end of the song, the lyrics change to show that people don’t have to feel hopeless and they do have people who care about them. When Alessia Cara joins in, she lists a couple examples of why people should push through the hurt and pain and hold on to the positive things that happen in their lives.

Logic explains how there is darkness in everyone, but they must push through because they have everything to give. The significance of the song becomes more powerful when Khalid joins in and adds a deeply troubled and emotional voice to the lyrics, which lets the feelings of those who are troubled feel palpable. To add an even more emotional appeal, the stage was surrounded by people in white shirts that said “you are not alone”— all suicide attempt survivors.

At the VMAs, Logic stops around the middle of the song to rap about how he is here to talk about the things that are cut out of mainstream media, such as anxiety, depression and suicide. He continues to say that he stands on the stage to give a voice to people, no matter their religion, sexuality, gender or race.

According to CNN and other news outlets, calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline have increased by 33 percent since last year, and many of these calls have come from people who were receptive to Logic’s call for people to push through pain to find the strength to continue.