Music Artists You Didn’t Know Were Caribbean!

With everything these artists do, they make sure to embody their Caribbean culture. Here’s a list of artists you may not know from the west indies. 

Jason Derulo

 

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Jason Derulo is Haitian-American and proud of it. He makes it known to everyone that he is Haitian and loves his culture. Growing up in a Haitian household, he understands the importance of representing the culture in music, music videos, interviews, and more. It shows his appreciation of being Haitian and successful in the American music industry.

 

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Nicki Minaj

 

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Nicki is from Trinidad and Tobago. She was actually born there and was raised in Saint James until her family moved with her to Queens, New York when she was 5 years old.

Nicki always projects how ‘Trini’ she is through her songs such as “Trini dem girls,” and “Pound the Alarm,” which was actually filmed in Trinidad. She makes sure to give her fans true visuals and audio of who she is and where she’s from.

Nicki loves talking about her country and often goes back to visit her family, enjoy Carnival, and see her fans. She will always talk to people about her experiences as a West Indian child and how it has shaped her to be the successful female rapper that she is now.

 

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Kodak Black

 

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Kodak Black is Haitian, and he always lets fans know in his music. This artist speaks fluent creole and loves Haitian food.

Cardi B

 

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Cardi is Dominican and Trinidadian and she makes sure to show her Caribbean culture. She even does songs with other Latino artists where she raps in both Spanish and English and also speaks a lot about her background and how it has defined her.

 

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Tyga

 

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Tyga is Jamaican and some of his music videos have even been filmed there. He also uses a lot of Jamaican Rhythms and collaborates with Jamaican artists like Shenseea on her hit song, “Blessed.”

Biggie Smalls

 

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Biggie is Jamaican. His mother moved to the United States from Jamaica when she was 16 years old. She often took Biggie back to visit family in Trelawny during his childhood where she would watch him listen to and play Reggae music with his uncles.

 

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Biggie apparently loved Jamaica so much as a kid because according to his mother, “They spoiled him rotten.”

 

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Adia St. Juste

Adia St. Juste is a Penn State University student majoring in Media Studies/Telecommunications. She loves all things Entertainment and Media News!