Snoop Dogg targets Trump as hip-hop's presidential onslaught continues
Deena Zaru, CNN | 10/22/2017, 9:15 a.m.
(CNN) -- Hip-hop is going hard at President Donald Trump, and Snoop Dogg is the latest rapper to step into the ring.
Snoop Dogg accused the President of neglecting various communities in America, voiced his support for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and called on black athletes to form their own football league in the title track of his forthcoming album, "Make America Crip Again."
"The President said he wants to make America great again. F--- that s---, we gonna make America Crip again," the track begins, referencing the infamous Los Angeles gang. The album cover pictures a blue hat with the words "Make America Crip Again" -- a clear dig at Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan. Members of the gang have traditionally worn blue clothing.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In March, the President slammed Snoop Dogg for shooting down a clown dressed as Trump in a music video, tweeting that the rapper would have been thought deserving of jail time if he had made a video of him doing that to former President Barack Obama.
"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!," Trump tweeted.
Last week, Eminem unleashed on the President in a four-and-a-half minute freestyle rap amid mounting attacks on Trump from artists, who have criticized his administration over issues such as criminal justice reform and police brutality, attacks against NFL players for protesting during the National Anthem, and the President's response to the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which he blamed the violence on "fine people" on "both sides."
In "Make America Crip Again," Snoop Dogg directly addresses Trump's repeated call to NFL owners to fire players who take a knee during the National Anthem to protest racism.
"As I look around, I see so many millionaires with skin like mine. Don't pretend like I'm with that bulls--- your President been tweeting. Them black boys is ballin' out, the whole block been eating," Snoop Dogg raps, seemingly referencing the fact that the majority of NFL players are black.
"Ima line ya'll on up, then start my own league. Ima sign ya'll on up," he adds. "I'm thinkin who my heroes be. Thank God for the negro league. Colin Kaepernick was blackballed, oh n-----, please. This still America with three K's, believe that s---."
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In a statement shared by his representative, Snoop Dogg said that the song is "not a statement or a political act: it's just good music."
The rapper also explained his reference to the Crips, saying that their original purpose was not gang activity but to be "the reflection of the Black Panthers" — an African American revolutionary party founded in the 1960s in Oakland, California, to fight police brutality in a segregated America.