Rappers Lil Durk (red jacket) and Pooh Shiesty (black bubble jacket) filmed a music video in a packed Chicago nightclub this week. Chicago is one of the cities still on lockdown 10 months after the Corona hysteria first swept America.
In this photo from the music video, filmed inside a Chicago nightclub, no one is wearing a face mask or social distancing.
Okayplayer tackled the "skepticism... displayed within hip-hop circles" in an article titled "Hip-Hop Has An Anti-Vaccine problem."
Young people live in an era of rising death counters, mask mandates and state lockdowns that are unprecedented in modern history.
The youth are reminded daily of "overwhelmed" hospitals and "surging cases" of Covid-19. But the male-dominated hip-hop industry continues to thrive despite the Corona fear mongering.
Rappers such as Royce da 5'9", Freddie Gibbs, and Nas thumb their noses at vaccines. Their respective albums and EPs contain tracks with recurring themes of general distrust of the government and vaccine manufacturers.
Royce da 5'9"'s Grammy-nominated album The Allegory contains a track titled "Tricked," in which the 43-year-old links the flu vaccines to autism.
"From day one at the hospital they target our children/Say they gonna immunize 'em they somehow get autism."
On the song "FUBU," he raps: "My son got autism from injection by syringes."
In an interview with Complex.com, Royce didn't apologize for his anti-vaxx views, which he says are not dangerous.
"It's not a danger, because I'm speaking the facts," he said. "People who are against the anti-vaxxers, where are their facts at? What facts do they have? Was there something that America told them? Because I operate under the edict that America is guilty until proven innocent."
Last year, Freddie Gibbs, Killer Mike, and Pusha T collaborated on the track "Palmolive," which contains this rap by Gibbs: "Maxine Waters, f**k your poison, keep your vaccines off us."
Nas's anti-vaccine lyrics date back to 2001's classic Stillmatic. on the song "What Goes Around," he rapped: "doctors injectin' our infants with the poison."
Newcomer rapper NLE Choppa also uses his platform to spread his anti-vaxx views.
"Stay away from the vaccines, I repeat stay away from THEM VACCINES," the 18-year-old tweeted on Dec. 13.
Atlanta-based rapper Offset, of the group Migos, expressed his distrust of Pfizer's vaccine, which was approved by the FDA for emergency use on Dec. 11.
Offset referenced a viral photo that shows three out of 4 vaccine recipients who allegedly contracted Bell's palsy after getting the vaccines. But the photo has since been debunked.
Rap legend Pete Rock questioned the legitimacy of giving vaccines to healthy people who aren't at risk for the virus.
"Vaccine shit is real stupid. How you giving vaccine to people who arent sick?" he tweeted.
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