Some of the rappers from the late 90s Cash Money Records albums have vocal styles that sound Jamaican, despite them being from New Orleans. One track from Juvenile's 400 Degreez album actually features a guest spot from "Papa Reu" who sounds thoroughly Jamaican.

Question: What is the relationship between the Jamaican dialect and New Orleans, particularly in this context?

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It's more of a general Caribbean connection than Jamaican.

The Carribean has, and continues to play a significant role in many aspects (including music) of New Orleans area culture. Haiti probably plays a larger role than most, but many parts of the Caribbean contribute.

Papa Reu himself is from Trinidad & Tobago (not Jamaica).

So, catching a Caribbean "feel" from New Orleans arts, language, cuisine, etc. would not be surprising, and in fact, should likely be expected.

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    wow, "the northern-most city in the Caribbean" is great. Thanks for sharing.
    – JacobIRR
    Feb 4, 2021 at 17:55

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