Rapper Logic Hits The Top After Battling Anxiety

By David Konow 08/08/17

The 27-year-old rapper is using his music to chronicle his battle with anxiety and depression. 

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Logic is currently one of the hottest artists in rap. He’s had a prolific career, releasing six albums in six years before having a big hit with The Incredible True Story.

His latest album, Everybody, is also a smash, his first number one album, and it includes a song called "1-800-273-8255," which is the number for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. Logic made the song for fans who might be dealing with suicidal ideations, so they know they are not alone.

"I made this song for all of you who are in a dark place and can’t seem to find the light," the rapper tweeted about "1-800-273-8255."

With "1-800-273-8255," Logic tells the story of a person calling the hotline at the end of their rope, “I’m out of my mind, it feel like my life ain’t mine,” but after talking it out, he decides he wants to live. As Logic told WUSA9, “Hopefully I am never there, but I know a lot of people who have [been].”

During the promo tour for his latest album, Logic has opened up about his battle with mental health issues. He told The New York Post, even after he was financially secure with his second album, he wound up in the hospital from anxiety attacks. “I was so scared because I thought I had to work, work, work because I thought I might only be around for five years. I thought I wasn’t good enough to last.”

During his relentless touring schedule, Logic found himself overwhelmed and in tears on his tour bus, saying, “I can’t do this anymore.”

Logic has a song on Everybody called "Anziety" which describes the rapper's battle with anxiety that features a verse where the rapper describes how he felt when he was hit with his first anxiety attack. Wondering what was happening to his body, he sought out medical help and found out that the feeling he was experiencing were symptoms of anxiety.  

A few months ago the rapper talked to Tavis Smiley about being in the middle of an existential crisis, “I was having these dark thoughts about death, not killing myself, nothing like that, but I was like, ‘Oh my God, I’m mortal.’ I had all these realizations, and they were all negative things. It was a culmination of a year of hell for me that I put into a song.”

Once Logic started lightening up his touring schedule, turning down shows when he needs time for himself, and spending more time with his wife, his anxiety became more manageable. “I turn down really well-paid shows all over the world because I want to spend time with my wife and myself,” he explained to The New York Post. “Is it so crazy to think my wife is worth more than that? I could sit here and think ‘I got all these people around me that I need to pay,’ which is true. But ain’t nobody getting paid if I’m dead.”

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In addition to contributing for The Fix, David Konow has also written for Esquire, Deadline, LA Weekly, Village Voice, The Wrap, and many other publications and websites. He is also the author of the three decade history of heavy metal, Bang Your Head (Three Rivers Press), and the horror film history Reel Terror (St Martins Press). Find David on LinkedIn and Facebook.