Toppa Top 10: Drake’s Most Dancehall Moments

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November 19, 2015


1. Drake Shoots His โ€œFind Your Loveโ€ Video with Mavado in Cassava Piece (2010)
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Drake has reserved some of his biggest shows of love for Jamaica for the visual realm. True, the melodic loop at the center of the Kanye West-produced โ€œFind Your Loveโ€ evokes dancehall in a subtle, undercover kind of way. But the song’s connection to the Caribbean was solidified when Drake and director Anthony Mandler headed to Kingstonโ€”specifically the Gully Side, Cassava Pieceโ€” to shoot the video, with local legend Mavado cast as a don whose girl Drake foolishly pries away. The video got some flak at the time from Jamaicaโ€™s then tourism minister Edmund Bartlett for its portrayal of shotta culture, but was mostly well-received by fans of dancehall. (Itโ€™s also said that Drake pledged to donate $25,000 to a learning centre in Cassava Piece). It was this video that gave the newly minted Canadian rap star dancehall credibility, establishing a precedent for just about everything else on this list. โ€” Desmond Alphonso