‘Vax That Thang Up’: Juvenile Remixes Hit Song to Promote COVID-19 Vaccines

By: Alyssa Wilson

Vaccine hesitancy in the Black community has become a recent concern of health officials as they try to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, and rapper Juvenile is trying to do something to change that.  

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The New Orleans native has remixed his famous hit “Back That Thang Up” into a new anthem promoting vaccines called “Vax That Thang Up.” The rapper teamed up with Mannie Fresh and Mia X in the remix for the dating app BLK, used specifically by Black singles. The Atlanta-based creative agency Majority, founded by Shaquille O’Neal, worked with BLK to create the project, CNN reported 

Rapper Juvenile holding a COVID-19 vaccine card in the music video for “Vax That Thing Up.”

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BLK is promoting the message that “dating is better in all the ways once you’re vaccinated,” as they work to combat vaccine hesitancy. The YouTube video of the remix has been viewed more than 1 million times since it was released on July 6.  

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“I just wanted to do something positive for my people and to stand in front to show that I’m willing to sacrifice my life not just for me but also for my family,” Juvenile said. “We don’t know what we’re facing right now but we really do all need to be vaccinated so we can continue to do our thing and survive.”

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