While Wu-Tang is forever, the pandemic is just for now – at least that’s assuming we all do our part and get vaccinated, according to one North Vancouver MLA.
Susie Chant, MLA for North Vancouver-Seymour, channeled her inner shaolin yesterday (June 4) to encourage British Columbians over Twitter to register and get vaccinated while evoking the sage wisdom of Wu-Tang Clan member and hip-hop legend GZA.
“In 1995, @TheRealGZA released his critically acclaimed and platinum selling album ‘Liquid Swords.’ The title track, featuring and produced by @RZA, set the tone for the album, which is remembered today as one of the greatest rap albums of all time,” stated Chant in a series of tweets.
In 1995, @TheRealGZA released his critically acclaimed and platinum selling album "Liquid Swords". The title track, featuring and produced by @RZA set the tone for the album, which is remembered today as one of the greatest rap albums of all time (1/2)— Susie Chant (@SusieChant_nvs) June 4, 2021
“Liquid Swords,” which features plenty of references to martial arts films, chess and philosophy, included contributions and guest appearances from the entire nine-person Wu-Tang Clan.
Chant goes on to tweet that at the 3:58-minute mark of the album’s opening track, GZA raps the words “get vaccinated.”
(In the music video for the song, GZA raps to "get vaccinated" at the 2:42-minute mark.)
She then uses this to plug the province's own vaccination program, encouraging British Columbians to “listen to The GZA, register and get vaccinated.”
And while Wu-Tang Forever has become a popular part of the cultural lexicon over the decades, so as the equally important adage that Wu-Tang Is For The Children – which is perfect, because kids 12 to 17 years old can now register for the COVID-19 vaccine in the province as well.
Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry released a joint statement on June 4 saying that 72.4 per cent of all B.C. adults and 69.6 per cent of all British Columbians 12 years old and older have received at least one dose of vaccine.
Visit the provincial website for more information on how to get vaccinated in B.C.