We seldom see stories or testimonials of domestic violence from the perspective of the perpetrator, especially stories that aim to advocate for the safety of women. But in his latest music video, Scottish rapper and activist, Loki, had done just that.
Titled ‘Gaslight’, Loki's lyrics and beats make the backdrop for a six-and-a-half-minute short film directed by Andrew MacKenzie.
The story explains what goes through the mind of a boyfriend as he physically and emotionally abuses his girlfriend. The lyrics and film clip explore how the boyfriend’s jealousy reaches boiling point, how his insecurities overwhelm him, and how he finally lashes out at his partner.
The boyfriend later apologises for his outburst swearing never to hurt his girlfriend again. But, soon after he breaks his promise.
The video has reached international attention thanks to author JK Rowling tweeting out the music video to her scores of followers.
Loki, whose real name is Darren McGarvey, was raised in a Glasgow housing estate. He first came onto the scene during the time of Scottish Independence Referendum where his lyrics advocated for his country’s secession from the UK.
He is currently “rapper-in-residence” at Glasgow’s Violence Reduction Unit, a police task force established in 2005 to help reduce the city's high rate of violent crime.
“I’m under no illusions that somebody like me can solve this whole problem,” says Loki, while performing ‘Gaslight’ live at Alloa Community Centre in Glasgow, “but if I frame it in a language those young men understand, I can get the cogs turning in their heads.”