Hollohan – Helping Each Other Die [Video]
Dartmouth, NS – One of Canada’s most prolific battle MCs drops off the visuals for his latest recording, the Solid Mas-produced “Helping Each Other Die.” Directed by Tyler Ross, the dark and eye opening video tackles the struggles of addiction as Hollohan rhymes about his own trials and tribulations.
As the video starts up, the premise is made clear: “Drug addiction is a serious problem affecting millions of people every day.”
A cigarette is lit and stress is pushed away. The tools of a paraphernalia kit are pulled out with a belt soon tightening around what appears to be Hollohan’s arm. Through the lyrics and supporting visuals, the East coast MC describes the hardships brought on by the addiction lifestyle and the role it plays within his relationships – with himself, and others. There is a clear struggle between wanting to move a certain way, but being powerless to the strength of the addiction.
A female companion is seen tightening his arm and preparing the needle. Despite a clear sense that the habit needs to be kicked, the need for the drug and the view that it could make things better overpowers all. Do they love each other or just the drugs they consume together? These are some of the questions being analyzed daily. But as the apparent bliss fades to black, the female discovers he’s overdosed in the bathroom and makes an emergency call for help. Attempts to resuscitate him are then shown before the video concludes with another key message: “Get help before it’s too late.”
And it’s often too late. Having lost a family member to drug addiction, this hit really close to home. According to Health Canada, upwards of 47,000 Canadian deaths are linked to substance abuse annually. “Helping Each Other Die,” HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day, can be seen after the jump link below.
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