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Drake Escapes Arrest in Jamaica

Drake almost got himself tossed behind bars on Monday night (March 14) for testing Jamiaca’s strict policy on cursing onstage.

According to, a hyped Drizzy let the word “blood clot”—considered an expletive in the country—fly out of his mouth during his brief appearance as Mavado’s special guest at Brit Jam 2011 concert. Luckily he was only issued a warning by police to not use that kind of language again.

“Jamaica is very strict [about it’s no cursing policy],” Andrew Anguin, Brit Jam’s Marketing Manager, told via a phone call from Montego Bay. “The officer just asked [Drake] that he not curse any more. He was just passing through. He wasn’t slated to perform, so he just stopped. He wasn’t in any trouble. He came off the stage and that was that.”

Snoop Dogg and Ja Rule weren’t so lucky. The two faced profanity charges for cursing onstage during the Sumfest music festival in the resort parts of Montego Bay back in 2001. Beenie Man has even faced similar charges in the past, demonstrating that even the island’s homegrown artists aren’t exempt from the rules.

A quick-witted Drake, though, avoided being added to that list. After cursing, he saluted Mavado—a friend of the Canadian-born star who played an important role in Drizzy’s video for “Find Your Love” last year—and his team, before getting off the stage.—Mark Lelinwalla

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