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Steg Belsky wrote:

> Isn't this the same thing as in some Rap music?
>
> The song "I'll be Missin' You" (i think) by Sean "Puffy" Combs has the
> phrase:
>
> ...[lajf] after [dEf]..._  for "life after death".

That is probably a result of a separate development of Southern Black
English, although the Dialectologists, who are always quick to stress
the similarities between Black English and local dialects back in Britain,
might contest me on that matter.  I guess the answer is to be found in
how long that Cockney shift and others like it have been around.

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