Lil Dicky enlists Justin Bieber and lots of pop stars for NSFW ‘Earth’ music video
|Toronto Star 20 Apr 2019 at 07:21|
Ahead of Earth Day 2019, which is Monday, rapper and comedian Lil Dicky has assembled dozens of stars for an anthemic and bawdy “Earth” music video, ripping names from the pop charts and beyond to sing about climate change.
“Why did it take me so long to get wind of this?,” Lil Dicky said in a release. “I feel like everybody on the planet should be talking about this 24/7. But that’s not the case. So I wanted to make the most entertaining and epic piece of content possible, to get everyone aware and talking.”
Ariana Grande voices a zebra while Lil Dicky is Mankind in the music video for "Earth." (YouTube / TNS)
No, this is not “We Are the World,” though it does “forgive” Germany and salute marijuana, the latter voiced (natch) by Snoop Dogg. The backbone is the simple refrain, “We love the Earth. It is our planet. We love the Earth. It is our home.” All the people-as-animals chime in between choruses.
Leonardo DiCaprio, whose foundation will distribute all profits to select charities fighting climate change, chimes in with an endorsement of “Earth”: “This might be my favorite song ever,” he says. In the video, Dicky nominates DiCaprio as the chosen one should aliens ever swing by and require a negotiator, because of the actor-activist’s environmental knowledge.
Lining up the talent came surprisingly easy, the comic explained to Rolling Stone, saying he started with his friends and then let the effort snowball.
“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,” Dicky, whose real name is Dave Burd, told the magazine.
In order of appearance, the video’s roster includes Bieber, Ariana Grande, Halsey, Zac Brown, Brendon Urie, Hailee Steinfeld, Wiz Khalifa, Snoop, Hart, Adam Levine, Shawn Mendes, Charlie Puth, Sia, Miley Cyrus, Lil Jon, Rita Ora, Miguel, Katy Perry, Lil Yachty, Ed Sheeran, Megan Trainor, Joel Embiid, Tory Lanez and the Backstreet Boys, with John Legend, Psy, Bad Bunny, Kris Wu singing the “We Love the Earth” refrain and Lil Dicky starring as Mankind.
Half the time, he said, he was in the studio with celebs when they taped their cameos, but the other half of the time folks were emailing in their parts.
“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,” Dicky told Rolling Stone. “I don’t think there was any time where even two were in the studio.”