COVID-19 vaccination rates are pretty dismal in the Black community. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, as of June 28, the CDC reported that among the 57% of people who had received one dose of the vaccine, nearly two-thirds were white (60%), while just 9% were Black and 15% were Hispanic. That vaccine hesitancy among people of color might explain why Juvenile, Mannie Fresh and Mia X dropped their new twist on a '90s classic on Wednesday (July 7).
After they released a revamp of Juvenile's 1998 top 20 Billboard Hot 100 hit "Back That Thang Up," with a pandemic-inspired twist as "Vax That Thang Up," Juvie hit CNN on Wednesday to respond to some of the backlash to their lighthearted attempt to encourage music fans to get jabbed. While the nation just barely missed President Joe Biden's goal of having 70% of U.S. adults with at least one shot by July 4 in an effort to help the country march toward herd immunity from the virus that has killed more than 605,000 Americans to date, that target is still within reach.
"Gurl you can be the queen ... after quarantine," Mannie raps in the song which features the refrain, "Girl, you looks good, won’t you vax that thang up/ You’s a handsome young brother, won’t you vax that thang up/ Date in real life you need to vax that thang up/ Feeling freaky all night you need to vax that thang up.”