Lil Dicky went on Ellen on Thursday morning (April 18) to pull back the curtain on his all-star “Earth” video, which is slated to drop at midnight.
“It’s literally got 30 of the biggest artists in the world on it and every artist plays a different animal,” he explained, noting that Justin Bieber is a baboon, Ariana Grande plays a zebra and Ed Sheeran is a koala bear.
“It’s all about saving the Earth,” he continued. “There’s an environmental crisis going on right now.” The bearded rapper-comedian admitted that when he started work on the song and video he wasn’t that well-versed in the dire nature of the environment and the fact that climate scientists have said humans have 12 years to completely change the way we interact with the environment and stop the heating of the planet before irreversible damage is done.
All proceeds from sales of the song will go to Leonardo DiCpario’s foundation, with Dicky noting that he went to Leo’s house to talk about the project and he was impressed with the actor’s breadth of knowledge about the climate crisis, as well as his intensely competitive pickelball skills. Dicky then previewed 20 seconds of the animated video, which opens with Babbeiber singing “Hi, I’m a baboon” while overlooking a lush valley, adding “I’m like a man, just less advanced, but my anus is huge” as he scoots his bottom toward the camera.
Zebra Grande takes a minute away from chomping grass to sing, “Hey, I’m a zebra/ No one knows what I do/ But I look pretty cool/ Am I white or black?”
The preview ends with caveman Dicky, in a loincloth and holding a spear, jumping into the frame. Previous teasers revealed that Shawn Mendes, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, DiCaprio, Halsey, Zac Brown, Brendon Urie, Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, Kevin Hart, Adam Levine, Shawn Mendes, Charlie Puth, Sia, Hailee Steinfeld, Lil Jon, Rita Ora, Miguel, Lil Yachty, Sheeran, Meghan Trainor, Joel Embiid, Tory Lanez, John Legend, Bad Bunny, Psy, Kris Wu, Backstreet Boys, Benny Blanco and Cashmere Cat are on board.
Watch the preview below.