The title of the third single from Logic’s latest album, Everybody, borrowed its name directly from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. "1-800-273-8255"--which features guest appearances from singers Alessia Cara and Khalid--stands alone as a powerful song about suicide and feeling helpless, but as is often the case, when coupled with a skillfully crafted music video, the song becomes even more powerful.
The video for "1-800-273-8255" follows the plight of a young gay man struggling with acceptance. His father, played by Don Cheadle, is at first troubled by his son’s sexuality. The family of the boy he likes seem to accept him but also reject the young man when they find the two in bed together.
Life at school is equally rough. The young man runs track--a great metaphor for the “running” he is doing in his mind--and is subjected to hurtful locker room taunts. His track coach, played by Cheadle’s “Traffic” co-star Luis Guzman, tries to help but the young man is at wits end and contemplates suicide. The song along with its video are a powerful reminder of why we need to carry love and compassion in our hearts, always. It might just save someone’s life. You can watch the video above.
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