In a surprising U-turn, Snoop Dogg explained why he has “nothing but love and respect” for Donald Trump.
The rapper made the comments in a new interview, years after he was embroiled in what appeared to be a feud with the former president, who is running again in the 2024 US election.
Snoop said, seemingly forgetting his days trolling Trump. times Sunday (January 28): “Donald Trump? He hasn’t done anything bad to me. He’s only done great things to me.”
The rapper then specifically referenced the time President Trump “pardoned” Michael Harris, co-founder of Snoop’s first label Death Row, who was incarcerated for drug crimes.
He added: “That’s why I have nothing but love and respect for Donald Trump.”
Prior to his latest hospitalization, Snoop Dogg had repeatedly criticized President Trump’s controversial views, and in 2017 he released a music video for “Lavender” featuring BADBADNOTGOOD, sparking backlash from the former president.
The video shows him pointing a gun at a clown dressed as Trump, and when he pulls the clown, a red flag with the word “BANG” appears. At the time, Trump’s lawyer said Trump was “shocked” by the video and demanded an apology, while Trump went so far as to suggest that Snoop should be arrested.
Later that year, he released a song titled “Make America Crip Again,” a play on President Trump’s trademark campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”
He says this at the beginning of the song: “The president said he wants to make America great again. Fuck you, you son of a bitch, we’re going to paralyze America again.”
The Crips, also known as the Original Crip Homies, are a predominantly African-American gang founded in Los Angeles in 1969.
“Some people feel that we should make America ‘great again,’ but that time they talk about always takes me back to the days of separation and segregation, so I don’t want to,” he said in a statement. “I would rather make America great again.”
“What I mean by this is that in my lifetime, young black men from impoverished neighborhoods organized themselves to help their communities and take care of themselves. Because I ignored him.”
In 2018, Snoop shared a video of himself smoking a blunt outside the White House and yelling, “Fuck the president.”