International rap artistes Busta Rhymes and Nicki Minaj have created history by becoming the first American rap/hip hop artistes to release a song done entirely in Jamaican patois.The song is called Twerk It, and has been released under Lil Wayne’s Young Money Records, under which both Nicki Minaj and Busta Rhymes are currently signed. Also signed to Young Money Records is Mavado via his contract with international record label We The Best Music group. Both rappers have roots in the Caribbean, Nicki Minaj was born in Trinidad and Busta Rhymes was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Jamaican parents. Twerk It will be featured on Busta Rhymes’ new album called Dungeons and Dragons and was produced by four-time Grammy Award-winning producer Pharrell.
This is not the first time that either artistes have dabbled with Jamaican music.
Minaj did a remix of Gyptian’s hit single Hold You, which was recently certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of 500,000 downloads. Minaj also collaborated with Beenie Man on her song Gunshot. Busta Rhymes was featured on the remix of Sean Paul’s successful single Gimme Di Light. He also collaborated with Vybz Kartel on a single called Wine Go Dung and another with Bounty Killer in Like The Weather. In their patois-laced collaboration, Minaj and Busta Rhymes also paid homage to a few notable Jamaican artistes. “Come here gyal wey yu a duh? What a gwaan? Dun wid dat, Dutty Wine … Tony Matterhorn … Kartel, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer too roll di weed buss a dutch all Rizla too,” they sang. Rappers have long used Jamaican jingles, intros (Super Beagle’s Dust A Sound Boy), curse words and even featured Jamaican verses in their songs. But this marks the first time that rappers have attempted to record an entire song using the Jamaican dialect. In recent times, at least three major international ad campaigns have also utilised the Jamaican patois. The two ads receiving the most attention were the Volkswagen commercial and the Saturn Electronics commercial. However, another recent international ad featuring the Animatronic Talking Tree also used Patois as the main language.