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Kardinal Offishall (born Jason Harrow on May 21, 1976 in Scarborough, Ontario) is a Canadian hip-hop MC and producer of Jamaican descent.Kardinal is often viewed as “Canada’s hip-hop ambassador”, and along with MC’s such as Saukrates and Maestro Fresh Wes, he’s arguably the most popular. Kardinal blends soul, dancehall, reggae and hip-hop to create a truly unique sound.

Kardinal started rapping at the age of eight, and was winning competitions by the time he was 12. Also at the age of 12, Kardinal performed live and on stage for the first time, with Nelson Mandela in attendance during his first visit to Toronto.[2] By 1993, he decided to drop his alias “KoolAid”, and went by the moniker Kardinal Offishall after being inspired by the great 17th century French politician Cardinal Richelieu.

Kardinal was signed to a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music Canada at the age of 20. In 1996, he released his first single “Naughty Dread”, which was featured on the Rap Essentials Volume One compilation and earned him a Juno Award nomination for Best Rap Recording. In 1997, Kardinal released his debut album Eye & I on Capitol Hill Music. The only single from the album, “On Wit Da Show”, had considerable video play on MuchMusic. Kardinal was also credited as a major contributor to the late 90’s renaissance of Canadian hip hop. In 1998, he was featured on the Juno-winning single “Northern Touch” with the Rascalz, Choclair, Checkmate and Thrust.


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  • NoIP

    rememeber when T.O. hiphop was poppin'....what happened?

    2 Jul 2014 Reply
  • shaq91

    Turn It Up (feat. Karl Wolf) <3

    1 Oct 2012 Reply
  • ADdesmond

    look on to me

    28 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Walentinooooooo

    underrated( Not For Sale is fuckin AWESOME

    12 Aug 2011 Reply
  • laameer

    Smash this club!

    25 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Sveniii

    Nina <3

    19 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Valentinooooooo

    Last album (2008) is awesome

    5 Apr 2011 Reply
  • ShakiFanatic

    Dangerous ♥

    1 Jan 2011 Reply
  • juliendu48

    Merry Christmas :D

    25 Dec 2010 Reply
  • SashaPrestig

    so so!

    20 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Pipp09

    Body Bounce <3

    28 Sep 2010 Reply
  • moh2a

    who said that "canadian hip-hop ambassador" stuff ? that must be a joke :D have a look at those Battle Axe dudes (swollen members, sweatshop union...) and you'll see how great and powerful Canada really is when it comes to hip-hop. how can an artist be similar to Rascalz and Flo'rida at the same time ? come on !!!

    27 Jun 2010 Reply
  • anonnamiss

    He needs to start rapping like Fire & Glory again. [3] This. He's too gimmicky now. But I guess that gets sales, so..meh.

    17 Apr 2010 Reply
  • jeanmichelgarie

    He needs to start rapping like Fire & Glory again. [2]

    17 Apr 2010 Reply
  • PWNdestroyPWN

    Body Bounce is decent. He needs to start rapping like Fire & Glory again. Not 4 Sale was mediocre, whereas his old shit's a lot better.

    14 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Golub1992

    I love Body Bounce! It's catchy, hot and cool.

    8 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Adrianuxxx

    body bounce is an average, generic song that is definitely gonna get played out this summer [2] Bloody yes.

    8 Apr 2010 Reply
  • mhunke

    body bounce is an average, generic song that is definitely gonna get played out this summer

    7 Apr 2010 Reply
  • LLCoolD

    new single "body bounce" feat. akon out now! definitly gonna be one the biggest hits this summer! remember my words!

    6 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Dioraaaaa

    Go home with you <3

    7 Feb 2010 Reply
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