From Comedy Central to Clown Videos: A Timeline of Snoop Dogg and Donald Trump's Relationship
President Trump once referred to the rapper as "the greatest" on a 2007 episode of 'The Apprentice.'
Since Snoop Dogg released his controversial video for BADBADNOTGOOD's "Lavender (Nightfall Remix)," targeting President Donald Trump, social media has been on fire. Before Snoop and Trump were embroiled in the internet beef (the commander-in-chief suggested Snoop Dogg had a "failing" career in a response tweet), the two were on good terms nearly a decade ago.
Take a look back and see how their friendship, once based on humor and respect, dissolved over the years.
Donald Trump Gushes Over Snoop Dogg's Legacy on The Apprentice (2007)
Back in 2007, Snoop and Trump had a playful and amicable relationship. On season six of NBC's The Apprentice, the business magnate allowed the winning team of his Lexus Challenge to create a freestyle rap with Snoop Dogg.
Prior to the challenge, Trump showered Tha Doggfather with praise and admiration. "You know Snoop Dogg?" He's the greatest," he beamed. "One of the nation's best-selling hip-hop artists."
The lovefest didn't stop there. Trump continued to rhapsodize about how "great" of a person Snoop was. "And I'll tell you what, he's a great guy. And he's a lot different than you think. You know, you think he's a wild man? He's a very, very smart, tough, businessman, in addition to being a great musician."
Snoop Dogg Participates in The Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump (2011)
A cadre of musicians and entertainers teamed up in 2011 to obliterate the ego of pre-president Donald Trump for his roast on Comedy Central. Snoop hammered Trump with a slew of insults during his time onstage. "I wish I had half your money, but for that you need a 20-year-old's p—y and a divorce lawyer," joked Snoop.
His most poignant stab at Trump came when he commented on the mogul's hopes of one day running for president. "Donald's saying he wants to run for president and move into the White House. Why not? It wouldn't be the first time you've pushed a black family out of their home."
Snoop Dogg Announces That He's Going to Vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016 During Bravo's Watch What Happens Live (2015)
While appearing on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live, Snoop Dogg revealed his intentions to vote for Trump's opponent Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. “You know I like to be politically correct, but sometimes I’m politically incorrect, but I’ll say that I would love to see a woman in office because I feel like we’re at that stage in life to where we need a perspective other than the male’s train of thought. And just to have a woman speaking from a global perspective as far as representing America, I’d love to see that. So I’ll be voting Ms. Clinton,” he said.
Donald Trump Wins the Presidential Election, Snoop Dogg Reacts on Instagram (2016)
After clinching his victory against Hillary Clinton last November, Trump's name was dragged through the news and social media. The West Coast MC wasn't thrilled with Trump being victorious, and conveyed his disdain through several Instagram posts. In one of the posts, Snoop asked if Drake had "the hook up" to some potential property in Canada so that he didn't have to bear witness to Trump's four-year presidency.
Snoop Dogg Vows to Roast Any Artist and Musician Who Performs at Donald Trump's Inauguration (January 2017)
Prior to a Tanqueray gin event, Snoop issued a warning to those who were considering performing at Donald Trump's inauguration. “Which one of you jigaboo ass n—s going to do it?" Snoop said in the clip. "I'm waiting for you to do so I can roast the f— out of you." Some of the artists to perform at Trump's inauguration were Jackie Evancho and 3 Doors Down.
Snoop Dogg Releases His Nightfall Remix to "Lavender" and Mocks President Donald Trump in Clown Video (March 2017)
Last week, Snoop sent tremors through the internet when he released the video for "Lavender." The visual finds Snoop mocking Trump following his indiscretions as president.
"When I be putting shit out, I don't ever expect or look for a reaction. 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," he told Billboard. "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—ing clown as president, and the shit 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."
At one point in the video, Snoop held a toy pistol at the clown-faced character Ronald Klump and was ready to shoot the pseudo-president.
Donald Trump Responds to Snoop Dogg's "Lavender" Video on Twitter (March 15, 2017)
Immediately after Snoop's video went viral, President Trump went on Twitter to fire back at the "Gin & Juice" rapper. Trump thrashed Snoop with a blistering tweet. "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!" he wrote.
Trump's tweet elicited passionate responses from Snoop's biggest advocates, including T.I., Ice-T, Treach and Common. On the political side of things, Trump's personal lawyer chimed in on the matter on TMZ Live. "It's totally disgraceful. Snoop owes the president an apology," said Michael Cohen.
Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz also called out Snoop for his antics. "Snoop shouldn't have done that. We've had presidents assassinated in this country before, so anything like that is really something we should be careful about," said Rubio.
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2017
Snoop Dogg Refuses to Comment on Trump's Response to "Lavender" (March 15, 2017)
With a whirlwind of comments coming in about the video, the Long Beach rapper said on Instagram that he'll remain mum. "They all wanna ask me questions and interview me but guess what," he said. "I've got nothing to say, mate."
This story first appeared on Billboard.com.