Snoop Dogg remixes BadBadNotGood's Lavender into politically charged track
Intention to make a song 'real to the voice of the people who don't have a voice,' says rapper
The veteran rapper released a music video Sunday for his remix of BadBadNotGood's Lavender, a track from the Toronto instrumental hip hop-jazz troupe's latest album IV and featuring a collaboration with Montreal DJ and producer Kaytranada.
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 Donald Trump.
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.
The intention was "making a song that was not controversial but real — real to the voice of the people who don't have a voice," Snoop told Billboard magazine.
"We've had presidents assassinated before in this country, so anything like that is something people should be really careful about," declared the self-professed West Coast rap fan.
'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 party record and make one of these records for the time being."
Snoop (whose real name is Calvin Broadus Jr.) was apparently inspired by Lavender after hearing 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.
"I love what they do," he said in a statement, calling the Polaris Prize-nominated BadBadNotGood "so real."
With files from The Associated Press