The president has long shown himself to be incredibly sensitive to negative depictions of himself, so the art that goes with new music from popular rapper Snoop Dogg is likely to set him off if he ever hears about it.
Trump’s obsession with trying to shoot down every single negative depiction of himself in the media has birthed his go-to rebuttal cry of “Fake news!” at anything that he doesn’t like, something that has prompted concerns about the safety of the free press under Trump.
It’s not just news; Trump has made waves for his attacks on Saturday Night Live, which he called “boring” and “unfunny” following Alec Baldwin’s appearance on the show impersonating the president.
His paranoia over SNL was so over-the-top that he stated that satirical criticism of him on the show was a part of an effort to rig the election against him.
Last fall, he wrote on Twitter:
‘Watched Saturday Night Live hit job on me. Time to retire the boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks. Media rigging election!’
It would take national politics to yet another new low if the president decides to go after Snoop Dogg on Twitter over this art.
The art for the rapper’s new music features him standing over a corpse, of which only the foot sticking out from under an American flag covering can be seen. On the foot is a toe tag reading “Trump.”
Check it out below.
Snoop Dogg says that he doesn’t mean to inspire violence with his new album art. Rather, he says that he just wants to make an artistic statement.
As he put it:
‘It’s not a statement or a political act: it’s just good music. Certain people feel like we should make America “great again,” but that time they’re referring to always takes me back to separation and segregation so I’d rather Make America Crip Again.’
The art is not fully even the rapper’s own creation. It’s a recreation of album art from music released by Ice Cube in 1991. On Ice Cube’s album art, the toe tag on the corpse read “Uncle Sam,” and not “Trump.”
Check out a comparison of the two posted to Instagram below.
Explaining his message in the context of the title song from the album, the rapper says that he’d prefer America go back to the time when African Americans looked out for each other, something that was born out of necessity because of being basically “left for dead” by mainstream society.
In comments published by Rolling Stone, the famous rapper explained what he wants America to return to:
‘In my lifetime, that’s when young black men in impoverished areas organized to help their communities and to take care of their own because society basically left them for dead. A lot of people glorify the gang-banging and violence but forget that in the beginning, the Crip’s main and sole purpose was to be the reflection of the Black Panthers. They looked after kids, provided after-school activities, fed them and stepped in as role models and father figures.’
Snoop Dogg is far from the first musical artist to make their anti-Trump political beliefs widely known through their art.
Eminem recently dropped a surprise freestyle rap at the BET Hip Hop Awards, slamming the president and demanding his fans pick one or the other if they happen to be fans of Donald Trump as well.
Check out Eminem’s rap below.
— BET (@BET) October 11, 2017
Snoop Dogg himself has gone after the president in the past. In a music video released earlier this year for the song “Lavender,” the rapper “shot” a clown dressed like Trump.
Check out an image of that below.
Watch the full video below.
Trump, at the time of the video’s release, went after the rapper, tweeting:
‘Can you imagine what the outcry would be if
@SnoopDogg, failing career and all, had aimed and fired the gun at President Obama? Jail time!’
To be sure, Trump himself quipped that “Second Amendment people” could take care of Hillary Clinton at one point, so he’s hardly the one to talk here about the necessity to keep images of violence out of the national discourse. He also urged his supporters to beat up protesters during the election season.
It remains to be seen whether or not he decides to go after the rapper again on the occasion of the release of this album art.
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