Rapper Juvenile adapted his 1999 hit song “Back That Thang Up” into a pro-vaccine anthem called “Vax That Thang Up” which was released on Monday.
The new song is part of a promotional partnership for BLK, a dating app aimed at connecting black men and women, according to the YouTube page of the official video.
“Girl, you look good once you go this thing.” You’re a beautiful younger brother once you go that thang up / Dating in real life, you gotta vax that thang up / Feeling weird all night long, you gotta vax that thang up, ”says the new take on classic crochet .
On Tuesday, Juvenile posted the reworked classic on their Instagram page with the caption: “EVERYONE IS OWN! Do what’s best for YOU and YOUR LIFE, no matter what is said or done! “
The pro-vaccine track includes features from Cash Money Records artist Mannie Fresh, who was on the original 1999 version of the track, as well as a new addition from No Limit Records rapper Mia X.
“I just wanted to do something positive for my people and put myself forward to show that I am willing to sacrifice my life not only for myself but also for my family,” Juvenile said in a statement, according to Rolling Stone. “We don’t know what we’re up against right now, but we really all need to be vaccinated to be able to keep doing our thing and survive. “
BLK said in a statement that it hoped “Vax That Thang Up” would help ease vaccine hesitation.
“Black adults under the age of 40 are the group most likely to avoid vaccination against Covid-19, according to the US Census Bureau,” the statement said. “Distrust of doctors and the government, reduced access to vaccination centers and online misinformation each play a role. We hope this video is both entertaining and actionable. “