In his latest, politically-charged music video, Snoop Dogg shoots down a clown dressed as President Trump with a toy gun. The controversial scene is part of a video released Sunday by BADBADNOTGOOD for the remix of “Lavender.” The clip is supposed to represent a satirical look at current events, with Clown-in-Chief Klump even holding a press conference to announce the deportation of all dogs. Actor Michael Rapaport steps in as the father (also a clown), who smokes weed to alleviate his stress, and is ultimately shot dead with a glitter gun by clown cops.
The track, which focuses on police brutality, shows a world inhabited by clowns. "This is the final call,” Snoop says before pointing a gun to the head of a cigarette-puffing clown dressed as Trump. After pulling the trigger, a “bang” flag shoots out from the music star's gun. In an interview with Billboard about the video released Sunday, the rapper said “the whole world is clownin’ around,” adding “if you really look at some of these motherf--kers, they are clowns.”
When asked what was going through his mind as he wrote the song, Snoop says he was "making a song that was not controversial but real -- real to the voice of the people who don’t have a voice. It’s not like [Jesse] told me to make a record to express what I’m expressing on the song, but there were certain things that he said that brought that feeling, to make me want to express that when I was writing."
Dogg, who endorsed Hillary Clinton in last year’s White House race, slammed Trump:
"The ban that this motherf--ker tried to put up; him winning the presidency; police being able to kill motherf--kers and get away with it; people being in jail for weed for 20, 30 years and motherf--kers that’s not black on the streets making money off of it -- but if you got color or ethnicity connected to your name, you’ve been wrongfully accused or locked up for it, and then you watching people not of color position themselves to get millions and billions off of it. It’s a lot of clown sh-t going on that we could just sit and talk on the phone all day about, but it’s a few issues that we really wanted to lock into [for the video] like police, the president and just life in general."
"When I be putting shit out, I don’t ever expect or look for a reaction,” Snoop Dogg said of the video. “I just put it out because I feel like it’s something that’s missing. Any time I drop something, I’m trying to fill in a void"
"I feel like it’s a lot of people making cool records, having fun, partying, but nobody’s dealing with the real issue with this f--king clown as president, and the shit that we dealing with out here, so I wanted to take time out to push pause on a party record and make one of these records for the time being."