After last month’s performance of the collaborative smash single “1-800-273-8255″ at the MTV VMAs resulted in a spike both on the charts and in calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Logic and Alessia Cara have recently brought the powerful track to The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
During the special live rendition of the impactful track, which also features Khalid and is currently sitting on the Billboard Hot 100 at the No. 3 slot, Logic and Cara ran through the song while backed by a full band and choir.
While sitting down with host Ellen DeGeneres, the Maryland rapper and the Canadian singer reflect on several topics, including their much-discussed MTV VMAs performance, spreading a positive message through their platforms as artists and the ways in which their collaborative track hit home for the both of them, respectively.
“I just felt like it was something so important that nobody really talks about, especially in the mainstream world, you know,” Cara says of the song and its personal meaning for her. “It’s always kind of a taboo, almost touchy subject to talk about, but this is real and there are so many people, even people close to me, that have gone through this before and felt like their lives aren’t worth it just because of simply being who they are. I just thought it would be a great opportunity to talk about that and let people know they aren’t alone.”
Ellen then asks Logic the same question regarding the track’s personal meaning and he echoes Cara’s statements, elaborating that for him, the issue also extends to equality in general.
“For me, it was just something that, like she said, I was scared to even talk about this entire album,” Logic adds. “Not just this song, but everything I’ve said is the fight for equality of every man, woman and child regardless of race, religion, color, creed and sexual orientation, period. I’ve always wanted to do this.”
As further explained on Ellen, the song shares a title with the suicide prevention hotline, with its lyrics advocating for increasing awareness and sparking conversations regarding mental health. The dialogue has even spread to South Park, as the popular show included a parody of the song in its tongue-in-cheek storyline recently. - xxl