Snoop Dogg has announced a new tour to go along with his new public feud with President Donald Trump, and that tour will make a stop at Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre on Sunday, April 30.
The 45-year-old rapper’s “Mount Kushmore Wellness Retreat Tour,” which also will feature hip-hop group Flatbush Zombies and rapper Berner, marks his second visit to Charlotte in less than a year; last July, he co-headlined a concert at PNC Music Pavilion with Wiz Khalifa.
But about that hostility with our president. On Sunday, Snoop Dogg released a new music video for his track “Lavender” (Nightfall Remix) that includes – among other bizarre moments – a clip of the artist firing a toy gun at the head of a clown version of Trump, who is dressed in a suit and too-long red necktie.
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You can see the video here, although we should preface it by saying it does contain explicit language (skip to the 3:00 mark if you just want to see the “Ronald Klump” part):
In an interview with Billboard, Snoop said he wasn’t looking for the video to elicit any response from Trump.
“When I be putting s--- out, I don’t ever expect or look for a reaction,” the rapper said. “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. 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------ clown as president, and the s--- 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.”
But on Wednesday morning, he did in fact get a quasi-personal response from Trump himself, by way of a tweet that went out to the POTUS’s 26.5 million followers.
The tweet followed on the heels of a TMZ Live interview with Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who said of the “Lavender” video:
“It’s totally disgraceful. Snoop owes the president an apology. There’s absolutely nothing funny about an assassination attempt on a president, and I’m really shocked at him because I thought he was better than that. I’m not really sure I understand the artistic value to having somebody dress up as Trump and firing a weapon at him.”
If you didn’t watch the video clip, here’s what happens: Snoop (wearing dark sunglasses) fires the toy gun, a realistic gunshot sound does ring out, and a flash appears to come from the muzzle. But the Trump-clown (wearing white gloves) never falls to the ground and doesn’t suffer any wound; the toy guy is left with a flag extending from it that reads “BANG.”