Snoop Dogg Pulls A Gun On Donald Trump Clown In New Music Video
Snoop Dogg pulls a gun on a Donald Trump clown in a music video for his new song called “Lavender.”
The “Lavender” (Nightfall Remix) is a rework of an original BADBADNOTGOOD track featuring Kaytranada. Snoop’s version of the song focuses on police violence and other political hot-topics, like Trump’s travel ban.
The video, directed by YouTube sensation Jesse Wellens, depicts Trump as a clown named Ronald Klump ruling over a world of other clowns. At one point in the video, the Trump character is held up in the street by Snoop Dogg, who fires a toy gun off aimed at his head.
“I just had been seeing this go on in the world politically, and I actually was a cop for six years in the military, so I can kind of see it from the cop’s point of view too,” Wellens told Billboard. “When I originally wrote the idea of the video, the video of [Philando Castile] getting shot came out online and it was causing riots. We just kind of wanted to bring the clowns out, because it’s clownery — it’s ridiculous what’s happening.”
“The whole world is clownin’ around, and [Jesse’s] concept is so right on point with the art direction and the reality, because if you really look at some of these motherf–kers, they are clowns,” Snoop Dogg added.
The rapper, who endorsed Hillary Clinton during the presidential election, then noted a number of issues he has with the president, which are highlighted in his song and music video.
“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,” Snoop Dogg said.
“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,” he continued.
Snoop Dogg said that he’s not looking for a reaction from the video, but wanted to deliver a song that’s “real issues” instead of simply making a cool “party record.”
“When I be putting shit out, I don’t ever expect or look for a reaction. 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,” the California-based rapper told Billboard.
“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.”