Toppa Top 10: Drake’s Most Dancehall Moments

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November 19, 2015

8. Drake flexes his patois with Mavado in Montego Bay (2011)


While in Jamaica in 2011 to record at Port Antonioโ€™s Geejam Studio, Drake stopped by the Brit Jam concert in MoBay for a surprise appearance during Mavadoโ€™s set. The Gully Gad brought out Drake during his performance of โ€œStar Bwoy,โ€ and young Drake was up for the challenge of a Jamaican crowd, offering the following stab at patois: โ€œTrue, mi from farin. But everywhere mi go dog, mi seh Jamaica to the bloodclot world, dog. Big up Mavado, big up di General, Alliance, Gully, dun know.โ€ Things then took a wrong turn, however, when cops arrived on stage to reprimand Drake for saying bloodclot. It seems that while Drizzy boned up on his patois before taking the Brit Jam stage, he didnโ€™t bother to familiarize himself with Jamaicaโ€™s obscenity laws. โ€” Desmond Alphonso