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Drake employs a Jamaican accent when it's convenient for him. So we investigated the origin of his patois.

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The cultural history we’re discussing in this video extends beyond Drake in so many ways that couldn’t fit into this video. So here are some links to further watching / reading to get a better picture of the Caribbean-Canadian connection.

The first is this video by TheNerdwriter1. It focuses on the difference between tropical house and dancehall, with a nice little explainer on the history behind dancehall’s significance in Jamaican culture. https://youtu.be/ljbohB2_WnU

The second resource is in the Statistics Canada website. It’s where I got the map you saw in the video. And it can give you a closer look at the figures I talk about in the video.
www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/89-621-x/89-621-x2007012-eng.htm

Finally, I recommend the culture writing in the FADER, particularly when it focuses on greater Toronto. Here are some of my favorite pieces:

On calling Drake’s music dancehall http://www.thefader.com/2017/03/21/drake-more-life-dancehall-jamaica-views

On the delicate balance between appropriation and appreciation in Greater Toronto
www.thefader.com/2017/03/15/south-asian-artists-rapper-nav

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