Toussaint Lorenz is a busy man. Between juggling his entertainment company I.B.O.H, “I’ll Be Over Here”, a fresh clothing brand, “222”, and creating music I was excited to grab a few moments of his time for this socially distanced interview via email. 

 

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 21:42

Logic: The Cultural Impact of "1-800-273-8255"

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Logic is a guy that Ive been a fan of for awhile ever since my ODU days back in 2011/2012, when his career really started taking off. I remember specifically, it was the song "Mind of Logic" that really put me on to him. In the music video for the song, he walks around New York City while rapping the lyrics to the song. The cinematography for the music video was stunning. On top of that, he had a young woman by the name of Camille Michelle Gray, Sing a rendition of the popular Kid Cudi song "Mr. Rager", for the hook. It immediately bought me in and I then began to search all of his music that was released at the time.

 

From that point on to now, it is wonderful to have seen Logic's fan base grow the way it did. With each release of mixtapes and albums, he gained more and more traction. Its really dope to be able to watch a artist grow from just a local DMV artist to being the internationally known super star that he is today.

 

His latest album, Everybody, was a album that tackled a lot of political and social justice type idealogies: Racism, Poverty, anxiety, and depression. All things that real life people deal with on a daily basis. I believe that is what made this album so succesful was its reach to so many demographics.

 

In a era where artist such as Lil Pump, for example, can have a hit record repeating the same meaningless words over and over? Its easy for a rapper these days to just take the easy way out and aim for the big bucks with minimal amount of effort. Not Logic, though. He dares to be different and I think thats what his fan base loves most about him. Its why he has such a devout fan base. 

The grammys this past week ended with a performance from Logic, Alessia Cara, and Khalid, and it was probably the most powerful performance of the night, along with Kesha's PRAY performance. 

 

This song was phenomenal for the culture. I wont lie, I didnt know what that number was until I went on rap genius to have it deciphered. I know I'm not the only one who was unaware. This song educated so many people to the point that even if you dont need the number yourself, perse, I guarantee you, theres someone you know; someone you hold near and dear to your heart, who DOES need it.

 

According to the national suicide hotline statistics, calls to the hotline went up 27 percent, the day the song dropped. The trend continued and he traveled the world spreading the postive message of this tune. This song is LITERALLY saving lives.

 

I love the fact that Logic recognizes this song as the most important song that he has ever written. With all this newfound SUPERSTARDOM (Cause he was a star before but after that performance?!? hes a solidified SUPERstar) I cant wait to see all the good things he brings to the rap game and the world. 

 

Thanks for your ear as always! 

 

- Max Ataraxis

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