Jersey City’s Indie Hip Hop scenes King and Queen, Crisis and J-Sass seized the opportunity to embody and address the issue in their latest concept video for the haunting single “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long”. In the video, Boy meets girl. Boy and girl fall in love. Boy gets girl pregnant. Boy marries girl. Boy and girl live happily ever after. That is until J-Sass, fed up with her husband’s cheating ways, puts the pressure on Crisis about his groupies and leaving her out of the lime light. Their argument comes to blows as Crisis puts his wife in her place reminding her that she is no angel herself. All the while their son watches the unsettling scene.
Video Director Ed Jansen offers insight via a series of flashbacks. First the couple is seen being intimate only to be interrupted as suspicions of infidelity arise in the mind of Crisis. A heated discussion regarding paternity takes place in the kitchen as we witness the next flashback. The mere thought of Crisis questioning the paternity of their son drives J-Sass to slap Crisis in a fit of rage. His attempt to retaliate is met with the sharp end of a kitchen knife. In the final scenes, Crisis walks in on J-Sass’ recording session and catches a glimpse of her flirting with her “friend” Hov Dibiasi. Is this the cause of his suspicion? Whether true or not, the anger that Crisis feels is palpable and Sass, realizing that the cycle will simply continue, decides that she has had enough and has truly been loving him too long so she packs up her son and heads towards the door.
Domestic abuse is real and it is never okay. As J-Sass notes in the PSA preceding the video, “Love shouldn’t hurt”. Both Crisis and J-Sass encourage viewers to share the video and the message with the men, women and teens in their lives.
If you or someone you know is being abused, don’t go it alone. Contact The National Domestic Violence Hotline by dialing 1-800-799-SAFE or visiting www.thehotline.org