Loveisrespect is excited to see Minneapolis-based independent hip-hop group Atmosphere’s new video for the single “The Last To Say.” MTV premiered the video today on their blog, explaining that “Atmosphere aims his storytelling prowess at the disturbing cycles of domestic abuse in his poignant new video for ‘The Last To Say.’”
Atmosphere confronts the damaging effects of domestic abuse on a family and the lasting harm it leaves on children witnesses. Just because someone that grew up in a violent home doesn’t mean they will become abusive themselves, but they can still internalize the aggression for years to come. The video expresses familiar issues to teens and young adults who are, directly or indirectly, experiencing dating violence themselves.
Sean “Slug” Daley, half of the Atmosphere duo, empowers viewers when he tells MTV that “The best way to prevent [domestic violence] is to get out of that relationship. There are a lot of organizations that help people get safe by removing them from those situations.” Daley encourages that “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.”
While we know that leaving is never an easy or one step process, we appreciate Atmosphere’s emphasis on regaining control in an abusive relationship. If you or someone you know is experiencing relationship violence, reaching out for help is a brave first move in the right direction.
We at loveisrespect want to praise MTV for their coverage of this video and Atmosphere for taking a stand against domestic violence. What other artists do you know of that are doing their part to raise awareness and prevention about domestic abuse and dating violence?