Before taking the stage at Jingle Bash PHX, GRAMMY-nominated man of the hour Logic sat down with the LIVE 101.5 Morning Mess morning show team to discuss his multi-Platinum hit single, “1-800-273-8255.”
Speaking directly to the video, co-host Aneesh, who is an openly gay man, graciously thanks Logic for bringing to light issues of homophobia and queer struggle in “1-800”'s epic, seven-minute music video.
“That [video] hit me on so many levels,” Aneesh tells Logic. “I can’t stop crying when I watch it.”
Humbled, Logic reveals that he was actually quite nervous about the creation and release of the video. “It’s scary to talk about stuff like that,” Logic admits. “I felt like these are a lot of things that aren’t necessarily being discussed on mainstream platforms. Now they are, which is great! And I’m not the first person to talk about these things, but in my heart I knew that if everybody did their part right—if the song was written right, and the label did their job, and the radio station did their job, and the director Andy Hines did his job—that we could really make an impact.”
“I don’t know how to explain it,” Logic continues, overcome with emotion. “It was scary… because I going after every racist, homophobic piece of shit out there. I didn’t know what kind of lashback [sic] I’d get, but I’m like, ‘Man, bring it on because I really believe in this message.’”
Logic then points at Aneesh and cheerfully tells him that his gratitude, as well as the entire LGBTQ+ community for "being themselves," is why he made the “1-800” video in the first place.
Whether you agree or disagree with Logic’s mission on "1-800," there is no denying that people are connecting with his message. Look no further than Aneesh or the millions across the globe who have watched the video (166 million views on YouTube) or streamed the song on-demand (433 million plays on Spotify) as proof.
While Logic is correct, he’s not the first—and hopefully not the last—artist to discuss homophobia and mental illness, he is currently the biggest artist putting his platform to good use. Even fans who romanticize Logic’s mixtape days and prefer his Young Sinatra persona over his calls to social justice should concede that Bobby using his music for the greater good deserves, at a minimum, a digital dap on Twitter.
All we can ask of Logic is that he continues to use his voice to foster crucial conversation. People are listening.