For anyone who has a friend, a family member, or a relative who forfeited his life due to depression or rejection, “1-800-273-8255″ is a relatable track that forces you to give suicide a really hard look. The titular phone number is the hotline for National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
In this track, American rapper Logic of Def Jam goes on a heavosity on lyrics about valuing one’s life. With additional vocal foils from hitmaker Alessia Cara and Khalid, the track plays around idiosyncratic lyrics, genre-jumping piano-pop, and sonically ambitious arrangements. Its sombre melodies atop a relevant message easily making it the more relevant rap recording this year.
Logic raps on the song: “I feel like I’m out of my mind/ It feel like my life ain’t mine,” and the end of the spectrum, he replies: “I want you to be alive/ You don’t gotta die today.”