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November 19, 2015


9. Drake drops Jamaican slang on โ€œ5 am in Torontoโ€ (2013) and in his โ€œJungleโ€ short film (2015)
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Drake doesnโ€™t just use Jamaican slang on Twitter. You can hear it pop up from time to time in his lyrics, too. Notably, on โ€œ5 am in Toronto,โ€ Drizzy uses the Jamaican colloquialisms โ€œTr8, Y Preeโ€; the latter expression, which essentially means โ€œwhy you watching me? โ€ was popularised by Vybz Kartel; the former is an affirmation closely associated with Kartel’s protege, Popcaan. He can also be heard speaking with something of a West Indian twang in his promo video for โ€œJungle.โ€ If you google โ€˜Drakeโ€™ and โ€˜accentโ€™ then youโ€™ll witness some of the debate that this caused. However, many Torontonians identify twang as their natural accent, owing to the cityโ€™s large Caribbean community and its linguistic, cultural influence. Tr888. โ€” Nadine White

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