Hip-hop fans might not need the COVID-19 vaccination to go turn up at concerts. Entertainment giant Live Nation has revealed a new policy allowing artists to choose if they require the coronavirus vaccination for entry or not.
The artists performing at the venues will be allowed to choose their attendance policies. Live Nation, the biggest concert promoter on the planet, will let the artists decide if a vaccination is a necessary. As hip-hop shows return an
Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino released a statement about their policy. He cited the recent Lollapalooza festival, and as of October the company will require employees to get vaxxed up.
“We believe this is a great model, and we have already implemented this successfully at many major shows, including Lollapalooza. We know people are eager to return to live events, and we hope these measures encourage even more people to get vaccinated. That is the number one thing anyone can do to take care of those around them, and we are encouraging as many shows as possible to adopt this model. Our business and our industry is about uniting people, and vaccines are one of the greatest tools for making sure that everyone can continue to enjoy live music together. We’ve gone through a lot this past year, and it’s remarkable to see how far we’ve come.”
The Live Nation news comes after rap star Drake’s longtime friend and producer Noah “40” Shebib went to Instagram to celebrate getting his vaccine. Shebib dropped a picture of himself giving a thumbs up alongside a nurse.
I wasted no time and signed up for a vaccine as fast as humanly possible. All I want to say is that getting the vaccine is a privilege we have in this country but not all of us have it. And that’s even more reason for those of us who do to get our shots and protect vulnerable people who can not. Nothing makes me happier then being a part of a team and helping and this is a way for us to all help each other. Be kind to each other, and change each others lives. We are all in this together and together we can get out of it!! We’re almost there 😇 Peace and love ❤️🧡
The OVO Sound producer took it a step further and made his caption deeper than just a shot. He noted his Multiple Sclerosis and added in details about what the vaccine means to him.
I’m proud to share that this is my happiest moment since this pandemic started. I was originally told I could not get vaccinated due to the medications I have to take to manage my Multiple Sclerosis. Really it had to do with vaccine availability and the reduced effectiveness because of my immunosuppressant meds but none the less, they figured out the timing for things to be more affective and suddenly I was eligible.
Earlier this summer, rap star Wiz Khalifa went to Twitter to announce he tested positive for coronavirus. The “Black and Yellow” rapper also noted he was doing well and was asymptomatic.
“Okay loved ones….sooo…..Ya boy got covid. No symptoms. Just stay away from me for a lil while”
He also revealed big things were coming while in quarantine, so maybe his days in the house won’t be too bad after all.
“While im in the house I’ll be givin y’all new content, planning raves, and readying this new project”
The shocking announcement also came as COVID-19 cases spiked throughout the country. Places like Los Angeles – where Khalifa typically resides – encouraged even vaccinated people to wear masks while in public in an effort to stop the spread.
The COVID-19 curve in the U.S. is rising again after months of decline, with the number of new cases per day doubling over the past three weeks, driven by the fast-spreading delta variant, lagging vaccination rates and Fourth of July gatherings. Confirmed infections climbed to an average of about 23,600 a day on Monday, up from 11,300 on June 23, according to Johns Hopkins University data. And all but two states — Maine and South Dakota — reported that case numbers have gone up over the past two weeks. (AP)
In a recent interview, rap veteran Juvenile explained where the motivation ultimately came from for remixing his unforgettable 90’s “Back That Azz Up” classic to a pro-vaccination banger. The Louisiana native acknowledged his own experience with COVID taking close people away from him.
“I have the same — I’ve lost family members, too, and it’s a scary — it’s a slippery slope. So what I say to everybody else outside that’s speaking on it, man, just get educated. I’m not telling you, forcing you, or pushing you to go get vaccinated. I’m telling you to make a family decision. Talk to your family, get educated on it, and make the right decision. … It means a lot, you know, especially for me. And I’m trying to make everybody see it from my point of view. So I just think that we all should, you know, take time out and get educated on it first, and then we all can be vaccinated hopefully in the future.”