Snoop Dog has released a new music video which follows an anti-police theme and Snoop "shoots" President Trump.
The video for "Lavender" (Nightfall Remix,) starts off the police hate with a fat cop eating doughnuts on the side of the road, who then stops and shoots a driver for having a toy gun in their car. During the scene the listener gets to hear lyrics like, "Fu-- the police, from a black man’s point of view..." "Resident evil, it’s all on camera and they still don’t believe you/Clowning around, don’t come your clown ass round here ni--a you gon get down/Real talk, I’m leaving all you clown ass ni--as outlined in chalk."
The scene was based on the shooting of Philando Castile, which had occurred just before the concept for the video was thought up during a smoke session.
Snoop Dog laid out his motivation behind the video while speaking to Billboard:
"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."
Snoop Dog went on to explain that the video wasn't about "making a song that was not controversial but real -- real to the voice of the people who don’t have a voice."
The video shows a scene where a clown Donald Trump announces a ban on dogs, prompting Snoop and an armed gang to jump him and shoot him with a gun that says "BANG."
“When I be putting sh-t 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,” Snoop says. “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-cking clown as president, and the sh*t 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.”