In the track Lavender (Nightfall Remix), Snoop offers foul-mouthed commentary on the current troubled state of race relations in the U.S., police brutality against African Americans and the presidency of DonaldTrump.
Warning: Strong language in video below
The footage also features an orange-faced, Trump-like clown figure named “Ronald Klump” ranting during a televised press conference. Later, the figure is shot at with a fake gun — which releases a flag with the word “bang” — by Snoop.
Snoop Dogg’s remix of a song by Canadian group BadBadNotGood has sparked some controversy with its politically charged message and satirical music video. (YouTube)
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a self-described hip hop fan, chastized Snoop Dogg for the music video. (Steve Helber/Associated Press)
“Snoop shouldn’t have done that,” Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a former Republican campaign rival to Trump, said in a video posted by TMZ.
“We’ve had presidents assassinated before in thiscountry, so anything like that is something people should be really careful about,” declared the self-professed WestCoast rap fan.
“If the wrong person sees that and gets the wrong idea, you could have a real problem,” Rubio added.
‘I’m trying to fill in a void’
Snoop added he is not looking for any response for the video.
“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 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 partyrecord and make one of these records for the time being.”
Snoop (whose real name is Calvin Broadus Jr.) was apparently inspired by Lavenderafterhearing a studio engineer playing the new BadBadNotGood album and, after discussing the timely music video concept with Wellens, immediately wrote fresh verses for the remix.