Logic’s Latest Music Video Involves Don Cheadle & Luis Guzman For True Life Support
Logic uses a grand scale to tackle one deeply important issue. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Statistics, it’s the nation’s 10th leading cause of death. For every 25 people attempt to end their own life, one person sadly euthanizes themselves as planned.
Maryland-bred lyricist Logic has taken on this sensitive topic that has always been present yet taboo in the masculine-dominant Hip-Hop culture. It’s the latest single off his third studio album Everybody which features his Def Jam label-mate Alessia Cara and rising R&B sensation Khalid. “1-800-273-8255” is titled after the National Suicide Prevention Hotline number to call for people struggling with depression and harmful thoughts.
The heartfelt and jarring visual features Hollywood stars Don Cheadle, Luis Guzman, Nolan Guild, and Matthew Modine. The seven-minute video contains aspects similar to the 2017 Academy Award-winning Best Picture Moonlight. It depicts the life of a young Black male life, actor Coy Stewart, from his birth to his teenage years feeling alienated from his male peers due to his homosexuality. Cheadle plays the boy’s father and discovers his son with a magazine, which embarrasses him enough to leave him and begins his relationship with his secretive high school boyfriend played by Guild. After both being teased by his high school track teammates, plus caught in bed with his boyfriend by Guild’s father (Modine), Stewart returns home and attempts to kill himself.
In a recent interview with Genius video series “Verified,” Logic gave some context for the video’s concept:
“So the first hook and verse is from the perspective of someone who is calling the hotline and they want to commit suicide. They want to kill themselves. They want to end their life,” he said. “[Some] fans that I met randomly, they’ve said things like, ‘Your music has saved my life. You’ve saved my life.’ And I was always like, ‘Aw, so nice of you. Thanks.’ And I give them a hug and sh*t but in my mind, I’m like, ‘What the f*ck?’ And they’re really serious. And they tat sh*t on their arms and get sh*t like lyrics that save their life and in my mind, I was like, ‘Man I wasn’t even trying to save nobody’s life.’ And then it hit me, the power that I have as an artist with a voice. I wasn’t even trying to save your life. Now what can happen if I actually did?”
#BonusBeat: Logic and Joey Bada$$ helped make the Hip-Hop news this week:
This is from Last 7.