Common Defends Snoop Dogg & Hip Hop After Backlash Over Donald Trump Imagery In “Lavender” Video


(AllHipHop News) Common is the latest rap star to step up to defend Snoop Dogg’s imagery in the controversial “Lavender” music video.

The clip contains a scene where Snoop fires a prop gun at a Donald Trump-inspired clown.

“Hip Hop always been about freedom of expression. That’s one of the most powerful things. Hip Hop has been like a voice for so many people,” Common told TMZ. “If you go think about the days of Public Enemy and you fast-forward to Kendrick Lamar, Hip Hop artists have always been speaking up and saying what they feel.”

The Grammy and Oscar winner continued, “If it’s a president they don’t like, if it’s a politician they don’t like… I was just listening to [KRS-One] and he was talking about [Supreme Court Justice] Clarence Thomas back then. If you didn’t like what was going on you speak up and we’re entitled to do that as people.”

Previously, Ice-T and Naughty By Nature’s Treach expressed support for Snoop’s Constitutional right to expression and free speech as well.

“Lavender (Nightfall Remix)” is a song by BADBADNOTGOOD which features Snoop Dogg and Kaytranada.

The Jesse Wellens and James DeFina directed video for the track has collected over 4.7 million views on YouTube in four days.

Veteran actor Michael Rapaport also stars in the music video.