Rap superstar Snoop Dogg has sparked controversy after posting album artwork that featured a dead President Donald Trump.
Snoop, whose government name is Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., shared the photo on Instagram on Nov. 1, International Business Times reported. It appeared to be an alternate album cover for his new album "Make America Crip Again."
The album artwork showed Snoop standing over a dead person's body while holding a blue cup. The body has an American flag draped over it and a nametag on its toe that reads "Trump."
The California native appeared to be paying homage to fellow rapper Ice Cube's 1991 album "Death Certificate," where the body's nametag reads "Uncle Sam." Cube is seen standing over the body with his hand over his heart in that photo.
Snoop's new album was released on Oct. 27. The original album artwork featured a parody of Trump's signature red "Make America Great Again" hat -- a blue hat that read "Make America Crip Again."
The unofficial album art Snoop posted on Instagram was taken down shortly after it was posted, but not before sparking controversy.
"Expect that phone call from big brother," wrote one social media user. "I don't support trump. Doesn't mean I want him dead."
Snoop spoke with Rolling Stone about his new eight-track album:
It’s not a statement or a political act: it's just good music. Certain people feel like we should make America 'great again,' but that time they’re referring to always takes me back to separation and segregation so I'd rather Make America Crip Again. In my lifetime, that’s when young black men in impoverished areas organized to help their communities and to take care of their own because society basically left them for dead. A lot of people glorify the gang-banging and violence but forget that in the beginning, the Crips' main and sole purpose was to be the reflection of the Black Panthers. They looked after kids, provided after-school activities, fed them and stepped in as role models and father figures.
When you listen to my records, there’s always been a mix of conscious records and party records and this EP continues that trend. I’m taking it back to the era of being for ourselves and for everyone else. I’m for the evolution of people coming together and being one as opposed to being separate. Music is the best way to heal.
Sources: International Business Times, Rolling Stone / Featured Image: TechCrunch/Flickr / Embedded Images: Snoop Dogg/Instagram via International Business Times, Snoop Dogg via Spin