In the early morning of Friday, April 19, Lil Dicky released his highly anticipated new song “Earth,” which features voices from a variety of musicians, accompanied by a mostly-animated music video.
The video starts off in Burbank, California, with a few kids fooling around and knocking over a trashcan. Lil Dicky shows up and tries to express the importance of keeping one’s home and streets clean while being told off by three of the kids, before walking off. A kid then starts to pick up the trash and spots a book, which leads into the animated video.
Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Halsey, Zac Brown Band, 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, PSY, Bad Bunny, Kris Wu, and Backstreet Boys are all featured.W.Wade/WENN
The song has the chorus, “We love the Earth, it is our planet” but also has lyrics like “Hi, I’m a baboon. I’m like a man, just less advanced and my anus is huge,” sung by Justin Bieber as well as “I’m a lion, and I’m always getting licked,” sung by Halsey.
These lyrics may seem weird at first, but it’s a way to show you that there are many creatures on this planet.
While visiting The Ellen DeGeneres Show on April 18, Lil Dicky said the song is all about saving the Earth.
“There’s an environmental crisis going on right now,” Lil Dicky said. “We have 12 years to completely change the way we do so many things on Earth or the damage is irreversible.”
He added, “Within our lifetime, well within our lifetime, like, crazy things are gonna happen. Floods. Food shortages. Bad air. Like, very soon.”WENN.com
The rapper pledged to have The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation aid him in determining the best channel through which to donate the video’s proceeds. Leonardo DiCaprio also makes an appearance in the video as the animated version of himself.
Nigel Tierney, who co-directed the video, told Animation Magazine, “We want this to be a global phenomenon and cultural turning point for climate change. We want to turn the attention caused by this song for everyone to acknowledge and rally around the serious fact that climate change is real.”
For more information on the song and campaign, visit WeLovetheEarth.org.