Snoop Dogg is veritable royalty in the world of music, and particularly in the hip-hop community. For more than 20 years he has been making music that is consumed by millions of listeners here in America and around the world. While some readers may not enjoy his particular brand of music, or the overt sexuality and drug use in his lyrics, it cannot be denied that Snoop Dogg has had a tremendous impact on American music and culture over the last 2 decades.
Sadly, his latest music video may have finally gone too far.
While the rap star has always pushed boundaries and has often been willing to test the limits of the acceptable, his latest video has stepped across a line that he may not have wanted to cross. In the video for his most recent song, Lavender, Snoop Dogg mock executes a be-clowned President Trump with a toy gun.
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.”
Snoop continues, “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.”
He also runs through his list of grievances with the president: “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.”
While it might seem counterintuitive, the rapper says that he isn’t looking for any kind of reaction from the President or from America in general.
“When I be putting sh** 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. 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.”
Ironically, even as Snoop Dogg argues that he is writing to fill a void in American culture and to expose the hypocrisy of life here in America today, he avoids the reality of the world he helped to create. His iconic career and the men and women that he has worked with have helped create an urban culture where violence, drug and alcohol addiction, and rampant sexual immorality, are commonplace. He has normalized deviant and dangerous behavior, he has played an important role in mainstreaming certain vices and evils that destroy lives every day… and yet he has the temerity to lecture the mass of America for our moral failings. We do have problems, social injustice does exist, but Snoop Dogg has done nothing to help matters. In fact, he has only ever exacerbated our problems. His latest song and video are more of the same – taking a problem, and creating even more problems by alienating, “otherizing”, and denigrating the people he disagrees with. If Snoop Dogg wants to “help” America become a better place, he needs to take a long hard look at fixing himself first.
Here’s the video – but be forewarned it’s filled with foul language and not for family consumption: