AceShowbiz - Rapper Juvenile has recruited fellow artists Mannie Fresh and Mia X to revamp one of his classic party songs to promote COVID-19 vaccinations among America's black community.
The hip-hop veteran has revamped his 1999 single "Back That A** Up" for a new campaign backed by officials at dating app BLK, which caters to black people looking for love, in an attempt to encourage more people to get protected against the coronavirus.
"I just wanted to do something positive for my people and to stand in the front to show that I'm willing to sacrifice my life, not just for me, but also for my family," Juvenile explained in a statement to Rolling Stone.
"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."
The new track features a hook with the lyrics, "Girl you look good once you vax that thang up/ You a handsome young brother once you vax that thang up/ Dating in real life, you need to vax that thang up/ Feeling freaky all night, you need to vax that thang up."
The original release featured Lil Wayne.
Upon the release of "Vax That Thang Up" video, Juvenile turned to Instagram to gush, "TO EACH HIS OWN! Do what's best for YOU and YOUR LIFE no matter what's being said or done!" He added, "Me @manniefresh @themamamiax and @meet_blk takin over for the '99 and the 2000! #vaxthatthangup."
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, analyzed by officials at the Kaiser Family Foundation, black community members account for just 13 per cent of those already vaccinated, despite making up 12 per cent of the U.S. population.