Here's Every Artist Who Has Defended Snoop Dogg's Trump-Referencing 'Lavender' Video
In Donald Trump's eyes, Snoop Dogg's career may be "failing" but in real-life, not so much.
The West Coast rap veteran is not only cooking up a second season of his VH1 show Martha & Snoop, spearheading the Snoop Youth Football League, and releasing a forthcoming album called Never Left, he's also caused much debate over his politically charged video for BADBADNOTGOOD's "Lavender."
The Jesse Wellens-directed clip finds the Doggfather aiming a prop gun at a clown parody of the president. While politicians and Trump himself have expressed their disappointment in the "mock assassination," hip-hop is riding with Snoop.
While Snoop Dogg has taken to Instagram to let the world know he's "got nothing to say," see who's come to Snoop's defense below.
Bow Wow (Shad Moss)
In a now-deleted tweet, the rapper/actor came to his "uncle's" defense, despite drawing major criticism from both Trump supporters and social media spectators alike.
"Ayo @realDonaldTrump shut your punk a-- up talking s--t about my uncle @SnoopDogg before we pimp your wife and make her work for us," he tweeted on Wednesday (March 15).
Tip went all the way in on the Commander-in-Chief, dropping expletive after expletive in his tirade against Trump for coming at Snoop.
@snoopdogg is a Fuckin Legend u Fucking Tangerine Tanned Muskrat scrotum skin, Lacefront Possum fur Wig wearing, Alternative fact,Atomic Dog diarrhea face ass man!!!! Leave our legends names out ya fuckin old ass puppy piss smelling ass mouth & continue to focus on dividing minorities,building barriers, alienating immigrants, &fuckin this country up like u been doin.... #UWannaBeDictator #PresidentialLevelFuckBoy
Ice-T and Treach
In a joint interview with TMZ Live, the MCs weighed in on the "artistic" video and expressed how they sided with Snoop despite the gun scene.
"And it was a confetti gun," Treach said. "Anybody got shot, confetti came out. It was artistic." He later adds, "I don't think it was threatening neither."
"I was nervous," Ice-T then admitted. "He's messing with the line. We'll see how this weighs out, but I roll with Snoop. I thought it was a good video."
In a run-in with TMZ, Common emphasized the freedom of expression in hip-hop. "Hip-hop always been about freedom of expression, that's one of the most powerful things," he said. "Hip-hop has been like a voice for so many people... If you go think about the days of Public Enemy and you fast-forward to Kendrick Lamar, hip-hop artists have always been speaking up and saying what they feel... if it's a president they don't like, if it's a politician they don't like... if you didn't like what was going on you speak up and we're entitled to do that as people."