Logic uses top-hit single to inspire hope


reproduced by permission of Genius

Johnny Chen, Staff Writer

1-800-273-8255 was a brilliant attempt from Logic to provide an outlet to those who are seriously considering suicide. He gets straight to the point with an extremely controversial topic and directly persuades listeners not to follow through with suicidal wishes. Unlike most other raps, this work by Logic conveys themes not relating to sex, drugs or money, but rather themes relating to suicide to help those who are truly in need.

Logic starts off the rap with “I’ve been on the low, I’ve been taking my time, I feel like I’m out of my mind” in order to play the part of someone contemplating suicide, and dive deeper into the mind of such an individual to explore the reasons behind suicide. With this opening line to the pre-chorus, Logic attempts to develop a connection with anyone considering suicide who are listening to the song.

Next, Logic raps the famous lines, “I don’t wanna be alive” repeatedly in the chorus, furthermore taking the role of someone considering suicide. Following the chorus, he uses the extremely powerful line, “Where you been? Where you at? What’s on your mind? They say every life precious but nobody care about mine” to deliver the message that if people loved and cared for others more, suicide rates would decrease.

Finally, after taking the role of someone considering suicide for the beginning of the song, Logic switches over to be… well, Logic himself. The chorus changes to “I want you to be alive” – a slight change but a crucial difference in meaning. Logic gets straight to the point and communicates to people that he cares. He directly attempts to persuade people not to follow through with any form of suicidal thoughts.

In order to develop the point that he can relate with suicide, he declares that he has constantly thought about it in the past and knows what it is like for other people. With the line, “But you gotta live right now, you got everything to give right now,” he pushes one final time for people to carry on living no matter what difficulties they are going through.

With a hopeful beat and a positive purpose, this song is worth a listen to everyone, especially those in need of encouragement.