Lil Dicky Enlists 30 Artists — Including Leonardo DiCaprio — for Star-Studded Climate Change Video "Earth"
Nearly two dozen Hollywood figures make cameos in the rapper's new animated visual promoting environmental sustainability.
Ahead of Earth Day 2019, Lil Dicky is doing his part to promote environmental sustainability across the globe. The rapper — best known for his 2018 Chris Brown-assisted hit, "Freaky Friday" — dropped the animated music video for his latest single, "Earth," today.
The climate change-focused track features a myriad of cameos from notable names in the entertainment industry, including singers Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber and Shawn Mendes; comedian Kevin Hart; and actor/environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio, who closes the clip out with this glowing endorsement: "This might be my favorite song ever. It’s awesome."
The video — which celebrates the beauty of wildlife with a sense of humor, and urges viewers to take care of the planet — sees Bieber lending his vocal talent to a baboon, Grande voicing a zebra and Mendes portraying a pair of rhinos, while Hart plays Kanye West. Example lyrics include Bieber's, "Hi, I'm a baboon. I'm like a man, just less advanced and my anus is huge." Grande's zebra croons: "Hey, I'm a zebra. No one knows what I do, but I look pretty cool. Am I black or white?"
In an interview with Rolling Stone published on Friday, Lil Dicky detailed his nearly three-year process of creating the project, which included enlisting his famous friends and other stars, including DiCaprio, whose foundation he approached after watching his Before The Flood climate change documentary.
"All of a sudden, I’m at Leo’s house and we’re talking about it. One thing I can tell you about that guy is he actually cares. It’s not a front," he recalled. "It’s just me and him talking and he’s getting so worked up to the point of anger talking about how it’s crazy that people aren’t really caring about this stuff. I could tell how much he cared. It felt like a very organic collaboration."
Lil Dicky was inspired after educating himself about environmental issues. "I didn’t know that we literally have 12 years to completely change how we do so many things on Earth, from a fundamental standpoint, or the damage will be irreversible and in our lifetimes we’re going to experience such drastic impact. Upon realizing that, it went from a silly song about animals to, 'Oh my God, this is the most important thing I’ll ever do.'" he said.
The singer also responded to fans comparing "Earth" to the late Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie's 1985 star-studded planet-anthem "We Are the World." Like "We Are the World," proceeds from "Earth" will benefit environmental causes and charities. The video's final title card sends viewers to WeLoveTheEarth.org.
"You can see that parallel because it’s not often that there are that many artists on one song. But it’s like a different type of movie even though it’s about something serious. It’s a funny song too, but I do see the parallels," the hip-hop artist said in the interview. "But I don’t want to compare them. I don’t want to be like, 'I just made a "We Are The World."' I am honored by the comparison."
The full cast and their respective parts — which, along with animals, include Hailee Steinfeld's "common fungus" role, as well as Lil Yachty's "HPV" character — is as follows:
Cow — Zac Brown
Pig — Brendon Urie
Common Fungus — Hailee Steinfeld
Skunk — Wiz Khalifa
Marijuana — Snoop Dogg
Kanye West — Kevin Hart
Vultures — Adam Levine
Rhinos — Shawn Mendes
Giraffe — Charlie Puth
Kangaroo — Sia
Elephant — Miley Cyrus
Clam — Lil Jon
Wolf — Rita Ora
Squirrel — Miguel
Pony — Katy Perry
HPV — Lil Yachty
India — Meghan Trainor
Africa — Joel Embiid
China — Tory Lanez
We Love the Earth — John Legend, Psy, Bad Bunny, Kris Wu
Mankind — Lil Dicky
Credits — Backstreet Boys
Leonardo DiCaprio — himself
Watch the "Earth" music video — co-directed by Nigel Tierney of RYOT — below.