Hear One Group’s Hip-Hop Inspired Fight Against Domestic Violence (Audio)
They go by the Real Clash and they are one of the many groups using the platform of Hip-Hop music to raise awareness about an issue that affects millions of people around the world. Based in St. Petersburg, Florida, the Real Clash have taken charge in the fight against domestic violence, penning and performing a song called “Sign Language.” The song’s gut-wrenching lyrics were written by group member Rashad Harrell in response to the experience of his close friend, herself a victim of domestic abuse. Since writing the song, the Real Clash has grown to include seven members, each of whom play instruments and have opened up for big-name Hip-Hop acts like Method Man & Redman.
October continues to be a big month for the crew, as they gear up do release their debut album, Clash Wednesday, in the coming days. Furthermore, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and according to a report in the Tampa Bay Times, “a woman is assaulted or beaten every nine seconds in the United States and on average nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner,” based on statistics from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Now, in support of the cause, the Real Clash has made “Sign Language” available for $1, with a portion of all contributions going to Community Action Stops Abuse (CASA) of St. Petersburg. Check out the song below, and consider buying a copy to support the victims of domestic abuse, whether physical, verbal, or emotional.