"Wuhan Virus Ain't Nothing To Be Stuck With": New Jersey Firefighter Turns A Wu-Tang Classic Into a COVID-19 PSA
The 41-year-old Bloomfield resident wanted to "spread hope."
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare workers, musicians, and civilians alike are struggling to find their footing. On Wednesday, one New Jersey firefighter took it upon himself to record in an effort to raise awareness.
In a tribute to first responders, Michael Sarno recorded "#CovidCalls," a "Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthin to Fuck With" cover. Sarno shared a statement on his YouTube channel to elaborate.
"As the novel coronavirus continues to engulf the world in sickness, loss, and uncertainty, a twelve-year Belleville, New Jersey career firefighter/EMT emerges from the front lines of this global pandemic to spread hope, proper precautionary measures and overall awareness of COVID-19's severity."
Watch the full video above. Sarno, who "grew up listening to the multi-platinum selling hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan, felt compelled to rework one of the group's signature songs, take a playful crack at rapping, and film a video to provide the viewer a glimpse into what our men/women of honor experience daily on the front lines."
As of Thursday, there were 116,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey. Over 6,770 people have reportedly died from the virus.
"I have seen first hand how serious this virus is," Sarno wrote. "I hope this song casts light on some of the many heroes who selflessly put themselves and their family's lives at risk...although we have flattened the curve and parts of our country will begin to reopen, we must still be vigilant."