Editors note: Michael Rocks’ camp has clarified that the video was actually shot at the Miami Seaquarium
Rappers care about animals too. And Sir Michael Rocks proves that with his new video for “F–k Sea World.” In fact, the Chicago rapper (also known for being one half of The Cool Kids) went as far as sneaking into Sea World to film his visuals — because he really wanted to give them the middle finger for animal abuse.
“The ‘F–k Sea World’ track came about from me watching the documentary “Blackfish,” which is about the mistreatment of Killer Whales,” Mikey told MTV News. “They’re really intelligent, emotional animals with complex thinking processes and maybe it just affected me in a different way because I’ve always had a love for animals. I’ve always studied animals and I even thought I was gonna be a zoologist until I was 11 or 12 years old.”
He’s currently prepping his debut solo album, Banco, for release on July 29 and added that, unlike humans, animals always keep it straight with you, so they deserve to be treated well. He decided that sneaking into Sea World to film the video was a perfect way to send that message.
“The whales, they get depressed, they get sick, they kill their trainers and it’s something that shouldn’t be still going on,” he said. “It’s barbaric and I didn’t look at it like that until I watched the documentary.”
Of course, officials at Sea World tried to kick out the crew while they were filming the video — but it was too late, they’d already gotten all they needed. And while he was there, Mikey befriended a few of the dolphins, but noted that they looked miserable too.
So, what’s next? Will he rally on behalf of the whales if PETA hit him up?
“If they say we’re going to war for the whales — let’s do it.” Watch him explain how he snuck into Sea World in the video above.