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Kardinal Offishall Background information Birth name Jason Harrow Born c. 1976 Scarborough, Ontario, Canada Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada Genre(s) Canadian hip hop East Coast hip hop Occupation(s) Rapper, producer, songwriter Years active 1996–present Label(s) MCA (2000–2003) Kon Live/Geffen (2007–present) Associated acts Black Jays, Akon, T-Pain Website Official Website Jason Harrow (born c. 1976), better known by his stage name Kardinal Offishall (pronounced /ˈkɑːrdɪnæl oʊfɪˈʃæl/), is a Canadian hip-hop artist and producer. He is often credited as Canada's "hip-hop ambassador", and is well known for his reggae and dancehall-influenced style of hip-hop. Contents 1 Biography 2 Discography 2.1 Studio albums 2.2 Mixtapes and EPs 2.3 Singles 2.4 Other collaborations 3 Awards 4 References 5 External links Biography Jason Harrow was born in Scarborough, Ontario (in Toronto's east end), and raised by Jamaican immigrant parents. He later settled in the Oakwood-Vaughan neighbourhood, in Toronto's west end. Harrow started rapping at the age of eight and was winning competitions by the time he was 12. Also at the age of 12, he performed live and on stage for the first time, with Nelson Mandela in attendance during Mandela's first visit to Toronto. By 1993, he decided to change his alias "KoolAid",
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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. In 1998, he was featured on the Juno-winning single "Northern Touch" with the Rascalz, Choclair, Checkmate and Thrust. In 2000, Kardinal signed with MCA Records. He released the album Quest for Fire: Firestarter, Vol. 1 in 2001, which spawned the hits "BaKardi Slang" and "Ol' Time Killin'". The album earned a gold certification in Canada. After MCA folded in 2003, Kardinal's highly anticipated follow up album Firestarter Vol. 2: F Word Theory was shelved along with the single/video for "Belly Dancer" featuring Pharrell, and Kardinal eventually found himself without a label. Had the album been released, there would have been production from Timbaland and The Neptunes, among others. He released an independent mixtape titled Kill Bloodclott Bill in 2004 with his production company, The Black Jays, and he also released his second major-label album titled Fire and Glory on November 15, 2005, through Virgin Records in Canada only. Hits on Fire and Glory include "Everyday (Rudebwoy)" and "Heads Up". Kardinal has also produced many songs, including the hit single "Let's Ride" by Choclair, whose album Ice Cold went gold in 35 days and would win them a Juno in 2000. However, it was with the Black Jays team when Kardinal received notoriety for his production work. In 2004, Kardinal and Solitair of the Black Jays created a remix version of Jay-Z's The Black Album and called it The Black Jays Album. Kardinal also did some production on Kill Bloodcott Bill and produced 9.5 out of the 14 tracks on Fire and Glory. He is one of the few Canadian hip hop artists that have an international audience and has collaborated with artists such as Busta Rhymes, Method Man, Sean Paul, Spragga Benz, Bounty Killer, Little Brother, Stat Quo, Pharoahe Monch, Vybz Kartel, Rihanna, Snow, Pete Rock, T-Pain, Prince Paul, Chali 2na, Lil Wayne and Akon. A-List producers, The Neptunes requested Kardinal appear on the remix to their smash hit production “Grindin'” with Clipse. The remix was well received across North America, particularly in New York City. Kardinal made two appearances on BET’s Rap City (even freestyling in the booth with Big Tigger), and on MTV’s Advance Warning (which introduces the world to artists on the verge of breaking big, like former guest Kanye West). Kardinal has made brief guest appearances in Rihanna's "Pon De Replay" music video, and Sean Paul's "Get Busy" video, which was shot in Woodbridge, Ontario (a Toronto suburb). He has also appeared on mixtapes from Clinton Sparks and DJ Green Lantern.
In 2006, Kardinal collaborated with Akon, Cipha Sounds, DJ Whoo Kid, and various members of the Black Jays family, among others. At the 2006 MuchMusic Video Awards, Kardinal walked away with 3 awards for "Everyday (Rudebwoy)", including Best Video, Best Director (RT!) and VideoFACT Award. At the MMVA's, he announced that he had an upcoming collaboration with the Canadian Reggae Band Bedouin Soundclash, now known as the single "Last Standing Soldier" (Remix). Discography Studio albums Album information Eye & I Released: December 1997 Label: Capitol Hill Music CRIA Certification: N/A RIAA Certification: N/A Singles: "On Wit Da Show" Quest for Fire: Firestarter, Vol. 1 Released: May 22, 2001 Label: MCA Records CRIA Certification: Gold RIAA Certification: N/A Singles: "BaKardi Slang", "Ol' Time Killin'", "Husslin'", "Money Jane", "Powerfulll" Fire and Glory Released: November 22, 2005 Label: EMI/Virgin Music Canada CRIA Certification: N/A RIAA Certification: N/A Singles: "Everyday (Rudebwoy)", "Heads Up", "Feel Alright" Not 4 Sale To be released: September 9, 2008 Label: Kon Live/Geffen Records CRIA Certification: TBA RIAA Certification: TBA Singles: "Dangerous", "Set It Off" Mixtapes and EPs Husslin' (2000) DJ Cipha Sounds - Fahrenheit/416 (2004) Kill Bloodclott Bill (2004) DJ Cipha Sounds - They Call It Murrrda! (2006) DJ Whoo Kid & Kardinal Offishall - Canadian Coke (2006) Clinton Sparks Presents: Do The Right Thing (2007) Kardinal Offishall - Akon - Clinton Sparks Present: Limited Time Only (2008) Singles Year Single Peak positions Album CAN US UWC 1997 "Naughty Dread" — — — Eye & I 1998 "On Wit Da Show" 91 — — 1998 "Northern Touch" (Rascalz featuring Kardinal Offishall, Choclair, Checkmate & Thrust) 41 — — Cash Crop 2000 "Husslin'" — — — Quest for Fire: Firestarter, Vol. 1 2000 "Money Jane" (Baby Blue Soundcrew featuring Kardinal Offishall, Sean Paul & Jully Black) 24 — — 2001 "BaKardi Slang" 19 — — 2001 "Ol' Time Killin'" (featuring Jully Black, Allistair, IRS & Wio-K) 32 — — 2001 "Powerfulll" (featuring Jully Black) — — — 2005 "Heads Up" — — — Fire and Glory 2005 "Everyday (Rudebwoy)" (featuring Ray Robinson) 16 — — 2006 "Feel Alright" 40 — — 2008 "Dangerous" (featuring Akon) 2 7 20 Not 4 Sale 2008 "Set It Off" (featuring Clipse) — — —
Other collaborations "Ladies and Gentlemen" (Tyree featuring Kardinal Offishall & Deach) "Diddy Bop" (Remix) (Red Cafe featuring Kardinal Offishall, Fabolous, Cocoa Chanelle & Currency) "BaKardi Slang Refix" (featuring Bounty Killer) "Ol' Time Killin'" (Remix) (featuring Busta Rhymes) "Still Too Much" (Ghetto Concept featuring Kardinal Offishall, Snow, Maestro, Red-1 & Ironside) "Grindin'" (Selector Remix) (Clipse featuring Kardinal Offishall, Sean Paul & Bless) "Careful (Click, Click)" (Remix) (Wu-Tang Clan featuring Kardinal Offishall & Cappadonna) "Sick!" (featuring Bounty Killer) "Hurt You" (featuring Pharoahe Monch) "Back For More" (Glenn Lewis featuring Kardinal Offishall) "We Good" (Pete Rock featuring Kardinal Offishall) "Baby Come On" (Method Man featuring Kardinal Offishall) "Kill The Dance" (Akon featuring Kardinal Offishall) "Rush" (Rihanna featuring Kardinal Offishall) "E.G.G. (Everybody Gone Gangsta)" (featuring Ziggy Zigman) "Block Reincarnated" (Remix) (Shawnna featuring Kardinal Offishall) "Number One Spot" (Remix) (Ludacris featuring Kardinal Offishall) "Fire" (Lindo P featuring Kardinal Offishall) "Toma" (DJ Buddha Remix) (Pitbull featuring Lil Jon, Mr. Vegas, Wayne Marshall, Red Rat, T.O.K. & Kardinal Offishall) "Officer Down" (featuring 50 Cent) "Cross That Line" (Remix) (Little Brother featuring Kardinal Offishall & Mick Boogie) "She Was So Fly" (DJ Jazzy Jeff featuring Kardinal Offishall) "Carnival Girl" (Texas featuring Kardinal Offishall) "Belly Dancer (Bananza)" (Remix) (Akon featuring Kardinal Offishall) "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')" (Remix) (T-Pain featuring Kardinal Offishall) "Shottas" (T-Pain featuring Kardinal Offishall & Cham) "Colors" (Remix) (Sean Kingston featuring Kardinal Offishall & Vybz Kartel) "Cowboy Film" (Taz featuring Kardinal Offishall) "The Backbone" (DJ Revolution featuring Chace Infinite, Choclair, Ill-Advised, Krondon, Cali Agents, Shabaam Sahdeeq & Kardinal Offishall) "Rush" (Akon featuring Kardinal Offishall) "Sooner or Later" (Raghav featuring Kardinal Offishall) "War" (Marco Polo featuring Kardinal Offishall) "Cross That Line" (Remix) (Rick Ross featuring Akon & Kardinal Offishall) "Tonight" (Baba Kahn featuring Kardinal Offishall) "The Last Hope" (Drake feat. Kardinal Offishall & Adreena Mill) "Magnificent" (Estelle featuring Kardinal Offishall) "I.O.U. 1" (Girlicious featuring Kardinal Offishall) Awards 1999: Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year for Rascalz' "Northern Touch" 2000: Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year for producing Choclair's "Let's Ride" 2000: SOCAN Award for "Husslin'" 2001: MuchMusic Video Award - Best Rap Video for "Money Jane" 2002: SOCAN Award for "Money Jane" 2004: Canadian Urban Music Award for "Empty Barrel" 2006: 3 MuchMusic Video Awards - Best Video, Best Director (RT!) and VideoFACT Award for "Everyday (Rudebwoy)" References a b Montreal Mirror Billboard XXL Magazine Whaddat? CBC Kardinal Offishall Jam! Showbiz Exclaim External links Official Website Kardinal Offishall at MySpace Kardinal Offishall at YouTube Border Block - Canadian Hip Hop vs. America Much Music MMVA Awards Interview with DJ Stallion Kardinal's KonvictMuzik.net page Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kardinal_Offishall" Categories: 1976 births | Black Canadian musicians | Canadian rappers | Canadian record producers | Geffen Records artists | Hip hop record producers | Jamaican Canadians | Juno Award winners | Living people | MCA Records artists | Ontario musicians | People from Scarborough, Toronto | People from York, Toronto | Reality television participants | York University alumni