LIL DICKY – Lil Dicky’s Earth” Shoots For The Moon, But Lands Flat

And, for what it’s worth, there’s no Brown this time around. Lil Dicky recruited more than 30 big-name stars to appear in the six-minute animated video. This is why it’s ultimately Lil Dicky’s Jewishness that truly sets him apart as a rapper.

lil dicky earth artists – Lil Dicky Drops ‘Earth’ Video Feat. Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Leonardo DiCaprio And So Many

LIL DICKYRapper Lil Dicky became a viral sensation with awkward rhymes about his sexual inadequacies and white privilege. Dicky frolics with penguins, analyzes chatty microbes under a microscope, and talks to a marijuana plant voiced by Snoop Dogg (duh). The video might look like a Disney channel special, but isn’t too concerned with being wholesome (Justin Bieber‘s line: I’m a baboon. I’m like a man just less advanced and my anus is huge).

FX Networks has handed a series order to a half-hour comedy based on the life of rapper and comedian Lil Dicky This comes after it piloted the project with the star, whose real name is Dave Burd. Charlie Puth was the first person. I think I got Snoop and then Adam Levine, Meghan Trainor. It’s blurry, but I got Bieber pretty early. Ed Sheeran was in early, but he didn’t record until late.

A portion of proceeds from the song, video and related merchandise will go toward nonprofits working to find solutions to climate change, including the Quick Response Fund for Nature, the Shark Conservation Fund and the Carbon Cycle Institute. Burd partnered with the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation to identify the best nonprofits to donate to (DiCaprio also appears in the video as an animated version of himself). Burd hopes that the combination of his sizable own audience—Freaky Friday” has over 490 million views—with that of each of his guest stars will make Earth” a unifying and mobilizing force for a movement that has largely lacked a musical anthem.

Given this skit serves little other function than to showcase Dicky’s inability to win arguments against literal children, it’s unclear why the video doesn’t launch directly into the song and its corresponding animation. Much more concerning, however, is just how little time the video allocates to providing actionable information about the underlying causes of the environmental issues Dicky seemingly wishes to raise awareness about. I can appreciate he didn’t want to overwhelm the audience by delving too deep into scientific minutiae or heavy-handed fear-mongering, but by providing absolutely no information whatsoever, I’d argue he overcorrected a bit too far in the wrong direction.

Lil Dicky’s concept-based music videos have become a highly-anticipated item in the music community. The Philadelphia-born, University of Richmond-educated rapper racked up 119 million views on his 2015 frugal anthem $ave Dat Money” and nearly 500 million on Chris Brown collaboration Freaky Friday.” His most recent song — Earth,” which dropped with a video on April 18 — takes aim at an idea slightly more noble than being cheap or paying homage to a Lindsay Lohan movie. This time he’s rapping about protecting the environment.

It actually started with a very silly notion that I wanted to make a song about animals, where different artists played different animals, without it really having anything to do with climate change or having any sort of consciousness to it,” Lil Dicky, the 31-year-old rapper and comedian who shot to fame in 2013 with the viral sensation Ex-Boyfriend,” tells Yahoo Entertainment.

Justin Bieber provides the voice for an animated baboon. Ariana Grande is a Zebra—Miley Cyrus, an elephant. Snoop Dog … a marijuana plant. Other celebrity performers include Halsey, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Brendon Urie, Wiz Khalifa, Adam Levine, Shawn Mendes, and Leonardo DiCaprio.

According to website Celebrity Net Worth, Lil Dicky is currently worth $8m. However following the huge success of his song ‘Freaky Friday’ alongside Chris Brown, expect this number to rise dramatically.

In his campaign, which set a goal of $70,000, Burd stated, “I’ve got no money, and I really think I’m on to something. I want to create a phase two of this entire operation, which I think can be even bigger than the first phase.” His plan worked. Fans raised $113,000, and Lil Dicky created his first full album, Professional Rapper, with the funds.

In the untitled show, Lil Dicky, aka Dave Burd, will play a suburban guy in his late 20s who becomes convinced he’s destined to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Now he must convince his closest friends, because with their help, he might actually convince the world.

It varied. I’d say half of them I was in the studio with them where I’d either go to their sessions or they’d come into Benny Blanco’s studio. The other half of the time, they were sending it via e-mail. It definitely wasn’t like We Are the World” where you see all these icons sitting in one studio and hanging out like they’re The Avengers. I don’t think there was any time where even two were in the studio. Well, actually there was one time where we went to the Wango Tango concert and we set up a booth since we knew Shawn Mendes was there and Ariana Grande, the Backstreet Boys, Miguel. We rotated people in and just got a bunch of people in one hour. We literally set up a booth in Ariana’s dressing room.

The song Earth, by comedian and rapper Lil Dicky, also has cameos from Katy Perry, Snoop Dogg and Miley Cyrus. Lil Dicky got some of his famous friends to have fun to draw attention to climate change. Lil Dicky has high expectations for Earth”, calling it possibly the song of the decade” on his Instagram. Check it out below and judge it for yourself.

The song Earth” features Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Halsey, Zac Brown, Brendon Urie, Hailee Steinfeld, Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, Kevin Hart, Adam Levine, Shawn Mendes, Charlie Puth, SIA, Miley Cyrus, Lil Jon, Rita Ora, Miguel, Katy Perry, Lil Yachty, Ed Sheeran, Meghan Trainor, Joel Embiid, Tory Lanez, John Legend, Backstreet Boys, Bad Bunny, Psy and Kris Wu.

At the end of the video, I send people to a website I’ve created, called It shows me giving a tutorial about climate change for dummies. Because I am a dummy. I wanted to create an entertaining tutorial where a kid—or an adult—can go and digest interesting content and be aware of how dire the situation is.

Net profits earned from the song itself, the short film-esque music video and Earth-related merchandise will be distributed to select nonprofits identified by LDF as being on the front lines of implementing solutions to climate change.

If you were to pick one musician to be the face of the fight against climate change, it probably wouldn’t be Lil Dicky. The 31-year-old comedian-rapper has been a lightning rod for criticism; he’s frequently accused of appropriation and tastelessness , including following the release of last year’s Freaky Friday” featuring Chris Brown. In 2016, he admitted that he was actively uniformed” about political and social issues.

Dicky released the animated clip for the song “Earth” on Friday, where Bieber is a baboon and Grande is a zebra. The video, featuring 32 artists, also stars Ed Sheeran (koala), Miley Cyrus (elephant), Shawn Mendes (rhino), Katy Perry (pony) and Kevin Hart as Kanye West.

Then again, the celebrities in his video are contributing more than their fair share of pollution by jetting around the world to play shows, as Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg points out Commenters have also noted some racist and misogynistic tropes. (Case in point: Lil Dicky points out India, Germany, and Africa” as he twirls around the globe. You can’t group a whole continent with a bunch of countries, ya dingus.) Maybe this shit isn’t that deep and I’m just looking for an excuse to dunk on Earth Day? You be the judge.

Whereas many preliminary interviews saw reporters questioning how Lil Dicky was going to be taken seriously, with his debut album selling over 22,000 copies in its first week and appearing at the No.1 spot on the Billboard rap charts, not to mention featuring artists like Fetty Wap, Rich Homie Quan and Snoop Dogg, it seems a futile exercise to question how serious the skinny Jewish kid from Philly is being taken now.

He also teased a short clip of the animated music video in which Justin Bieber gives voice to a baboon, Ariana Grande is a zebra, Snoop Dogg is a marijuana plant, Ed Sheeran is a koala and Kanye West is… well, Kanye.

Lil Dicky unveiled the absolutely star-studded, possibly not safe for work animated music video for his charity single “Earth” — featuring Leonardo DiCaprio as a human and Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Halsey, Bad Bunny, PSY, Zac Brown, Miley Cyrus, Sia, Snoop Dogg and countless other celebrities as animals pitching in to save Earth.

In collaboration with the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF), a portion of profits from the song, music video, and merchandise will be allocated to select nonprofits identified by LDF as being on the front lines of implementing solutions to climate change. These organizations support those who are helping communities transition to 100% renewable energy, protecting critical ecosystems and wildlife, and supporting regenerative farming practices. They include the Quick Response Fund for Nature, the Shark Conservation Fund, the Solutions Project, the Global Greengrants Fund and the Carbon Cycle Institute.

Dicky frolics with penguins, analyzes chatty microbes under a microscope, and talks to a marijuana plant voiced by Snoop Dogg (duh). The video might look like a Disney channel special, but isn’t too concerned with being wholesome (Justin Bieber’s line: I’m a baboon. I’m like a man just less advanced and my anus is huge).

While Lil Dicky is still fishing for the same easy laughs that he has been for years, he is now going all in on the kind of satirical rap that has earned groups like the Lonely Island, or even Weird Al Yankovic, a legitimate level of respect. Frankly, it works. He’s not going to be up on the Grammys stage performing alongside Kendrick Lamar anytime soon, but he’s always known that, and we’ve always known that. Don’t be mad at Lil Dicky—just enjoy the bad jokes.

Today, Lil Dicky has unveiled his new song Earth”, a charity single benefiting The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and its mission to educate people about climate change and raise money for environmental causes.

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