Juvenileis the first to admit he was skeptical when a dating app called for collaboration, but that faded when he heard that the end goal was to educate his community about the COVID-19 vaccine.
The New Orleans rapper joined “TMZ Live” on Thursday and explained how and why the collaboration with dating app BLK came to fruition. He tells us he was into full swing shortly after hearing the dating app’s mission to get users vaccinated before going on dates.
Enter Juvenile’s “Vax That Thang Up” … a remix to his 1999 classic, and still a club bang, “Back That Thang Up”. The rapper thought the remix was a brilliant idea.
Juvenile probably didn’t need to be too convinced given the mind-boggling numbers. Remember that at the start of the vaccine deployment, there was serious hesitation and mistrust … with just 14% of African Americans confident the vaccine is safe.
New figures also show COVID cases (18%) and hospitalization rates (11%) jumped exponentially among African Americans in LA County alone between mid-May and mid-June. .
But, as vaccination rates have improved among African Americans … misinformation is looming, leading to reluctance. But, as Juvenile puts it, he’s hoping the remix will allay fears – and, in fact, he told us how it’s already impacted someone close to him.
Almost as cool, Juvenile took up a lucrative new hobby during his 40s. Look … you could say he’s creating new places for you to support this thing!