Minneapolis-based hip-hop group Atmosphere isn't one to shy away from hard-hitting topics in music. Their video for "The Last to Say" premiering today (July 13) on mtvU and MTV2 is no exception.
The video depicts how one family is broken by domestic abuse--emphasizing the cyclical nature of this violence. The father attacking the mother in front of their son leads to the son attacking his wife when he gets older, his son carrying out this behavior, and so on. It's a painful reminder of the lasting effects of domestic violence.
"This is a song that I've wanted to write for a long time, and I guess I've been waiting for the proper music to join it. So when Anthony (Ant) handed me this beat, I felt like this could be the opportunity," said Sean "Slug" Daley, one half of the Atmosphere duo. "Domestic violence is something that everyone has dealt with, directly or indirectly."
Although the scene in this video may not be one we all identify with, domestic and dating violence can happen to anyone. Considering 1 in 5 teenagers report being hit, slapped or pushed by a partner, this is clearly an issue teens and young adults should take action to prevent.
"The best way to prevent it is to get out of that relationship. There are a lot of organizations that help people get safe by removing them from those situations," said Daley. "Making someone aware of the situation you're in is difficult, but reaching out and asking for help and finding a way to protect yourself is the most important thing."
If you or a friend are in an abusive relationship, there's help. Head to www.LoveIsRespect.org or call 866-331-9474 for resources and immediate support. Find more ways to take action against dating violence on Act.