Kardinal Offishall is a Canadian rapper, record maker, DJ, and record leader. Frequently credited as Canada’s “hip bounce minister”, he is viewed as one of the nation’s best hip jump makers and is most popular for his particular reggae and dancehall-affected style of hip bounce. Offishall started his vocation in the city’s mid-1990s underground hip-bounce scene, as an individual from The Circle. He delivered a few free 12″ singles, a presentation collection (Eye and I), and an EP (Husslin’), prior to marking with significant name MCA Records in 2000.
Offishall delivered his subsequent collection, Mission for Fire: Firestarter, Vol. 1, generating the Board hit “BaKardi Shoptalk”, which promoted Toronto’s nickname “T-dab”, and the minor hit “Old Time Killin'”; the two singles turned into his unique melodies. Subsequent to neglecting to deliver the Firestarter Vol. 2 collections in 2003, on MCA, and later Geffen Records (which assimilated MCA), Offishall momentarily got back to the underground scene, delivering a few additional free 12″ singles.
In 2005, Offishall’s third collection, Fire and Greatness, was delivered in Canada. That year, he worked together with R&B vocalist Akon interestingly, beginning a melodic organization that went on until 2010. In 2007, he endorsed with Akon’s Kon Live Dispersion name, through Geffen, and delivered his fourth collection, Not 4 Deal, the next year. Its most memorable single, “Perilous” (highlighting Akon), turned into a main five hit on the Board Hot 100 and was confirmed triple platinum in Canada.
|Net Worth||$6 million|
|Occupation||Rapper, Record producer, DJ, Record executive|
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He delivered two gold-affirmed singles, “Numba 1 (Tide Is Elevated)” (highlighting Keri Hilson or Rihanna) and “Body Skip” (highlighting Akon), prior to leaving Kon Live in late 2010. From that point forward, his most recent singles have been delivered on his free mark Dark Stone Partners Inc. In 2012, Offishall delivered Permit Me to Once again introduce Myself, a cooperative mixtape with maker Nottz. In 2013, Offishall turned into the imaginative leader head of Widespread Music Canada’s A&R group. After two years, he delivered his fifth collection Kardi Gras, Vol. 1: The Conflict under the name. On April 8, 2021, Offishall was elevated to senior VP of A&R for All inclusive Music Canada.
Kardinal Offishall whose genuine name is Jason Drew Harrow was born May 11, 1976 (age 46 years) in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada. He is the child of Jamaican guardians who moved to Canada. From the ages of 2 to 13, he lived in the city’s Flemingdon Park area. He moved back to Scarborough for quite a long time, before at last getting comfortable Oakwood-Vaughan, in the city’s west end. While in secondary school, he would toss parties at the Alexandra Park Public venue. He likewise is a previous York College understudy (Theory) yet did incomplete his certification.
Kardinal Offishall began rapping at eight years old and was winning contests when he was 12. At age 14, he performed live in front of an audience interestingly, with Nelson Mandela in participation during Mandela’s most memorable visit to Toronto following his delivery from jail prior that year (1990). By 1993, he chose to change his pseudonym “KoolAid”, and went by the moniker “Kardinal Offishall” in the wake of being enlivened by the extraordinary seventeenth century French legislator Cardinal Richelieu. That year, Offishall helped to establish The Circle, an aggregate of specialists including Choclair, Jully Dark, Solitair, Tara Pursue, and Saukrates. In 1994, he showed up on Saukrates’ single “Actually Got up to speed”.
Kardinal was endorsed to a distributing manage Warner/Chappell Music Canada at 20 years old. In 1996, he delivered his most memorable single “Mischievous Fear”, which was highlighted on the Rap Basics Volume One gathering and procured him a Juno Grant designation for Best Rap Recording. In 1997, Kardinal delivered his presentation collection Eye and I on Legislative center Slope Music. The main single from the collection, “On mind da Show”, had significant video play on MuchMusic. The collection got rave audits from music pundits.
AllMusic expressed that Kardinal “mixed soul, dancehall, reggae, hip-bounce, and a completely creative way to deal with beats on his 20-track debut collection, Eye and I.” Tragically, the collection was inadequately disseminated in Canada, and an absence of radio help brought about the collection getting restricted business consideration. North of 4,000 duplicates of the collection were sold in its initial three months of delivery. In 1998, he was highlighted on the Juno-winning single “Northern Touch” with the Rascalz, Choclair, Checkmate and Push. The next year, he delivered Choclair’s hit single “We should Ride”.
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Husslin’ was an EP delivered on April 11, 2000. It was delivered autonomously on Figure IV Amusement and conveyed by Fat Beats Records in the US. The title track, “Husslin'”, was one of the most sultry 12″ singles of 2000. “Furthermore, What?”, highlighting Saukrates, was delivered as a solitary in 1999. “Husslin'” and “Mic T.H.U.G.S.” additionally show up on Kardinal’s second studio collection, Mission for Fire: Firestarter, Vol. 1. A refreshed variant of “U R Ghetto When”, known as “U R Ghetto 2002”, is on the Mission for Fire collection. In 2000, Kardinal endorsed with MCA Records.
He delivered the collection Journey for Fire: Firestarter, Vol. 1 out of 2001, which generated the hits “BaKardi Shoptalk” and “Old Time Killin'”.One year after its delivery, 25,000 duplicates of the collection were sold in Canada. It got commonly positive audits from music pundits. The Source gave the collection 31⁄2 out of 5 mics. RapReviews.com gave it a 7/10 rating, considering it a “mishmash,” and expressing “there are likewise an ideal 10’s to be seen as here.” The A.V. Club gave the collection an ideal survey, lauding its “great melodic and melodious consistency.” AllMusic gave it 21⁄2 out of 5 stars, noticing that Kardinal “shows just glimmers of commitment here.” The collection was designated for Best Rap Recording at the 2002 Juno Grants.
After MCA collapsed in 2003, Kardinal Offishall’s profoundly expected follow-up collection Firestarter Vol. 2: The F-Word Hypothesis was retired alongside the music video for the single “Midsection Artist” highlighting Pharrell, and Kardinal at last ended up without a mark. Had the collection been delivered, there would have been creation from Timbaland and The Neptunes, among others. For the twentieth commemoration of Journey for Fire: Firestarter, Vol. 1, Kardinal delivered “Firestarter”, a case clothing assortment in a joint effort with urbancoolab, a man-made consciousness style stage.
In 2004, Kardinal Offishall delivered a free mixtape named Kill Bloodclott Bill with his creation organization, Dark Jays, and he likewise delivered his subsequent major-mark collection named Fire and Brilliance on November 15, 2005, through Virgin Records in Canada as it were. Hits Ablaze and Magnificence incorporate “Regular (Rudebwoy)” and “Fair warning”. RapReviews.com gave the collection a 8.5/10 rating, expressing “Fire and Magnificence is a preferable collection over Firestarter Vol. 1,” and “beside having preferable verses over a large portion of his partners, Kardinal’s extraordinary style likewise separates him.” The collection was designated for Rap Recording of the Year at the 2006 Juno Grants.
Not 4 Deal is the fourth studio collection by Canadian rapper Kardinal Offishall, delivered September 9, 2008, on Kon Live/Geffen Records. It is his subsequent global major-mark collection, after 2001’s Mission for Fire: Firestarter, Vol. 1. It was a basic achievement, producing the main 5 Board Hot 100 single “Hazardous”, and the minor hit “Numba 1 (Tide Is Elevated)”. 11,869 duplicates of the collection were sold in the US, in its most memorable seven day stretch of delivery. It appeared on the Bulletin 200 at number 40. As of February 15, 2009, the collection has sold 34,822 duplicates. In Canada, it appeared at number 8 on the Canadian Collections Diagram, with 4,247 duplicates sold in the principal week. The collection got commonly ideal surveys from music pundits.
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AllMusic gave it 4 out of 5 stars, referring to it as “a completely strong collection”, likewise expressing “this opportunity battling and socially cognizant composing is tempered with hooky club tracks that never fizzle.” USA Today gave it 3 out of 4 stars, taking note of “his powerful mix of hip-jump and dancehall gives him a flavor all his own.”PopMatters gave the collection a 6/10 rating, stating “albeit a large number of the tracks here are gleaming pop creations, Kardinal has not exactly changed since he was first heard in the ’90s.”The collection won the honor for Rap Recording of the Year at the 2009 Juno Grants.
In 2008, Kardinal Offishall was highlighted on the Simply Dance (Revamped Remix) by Woman Crazy, some portion of the EP “Dance (Remixes, Pt. 2)”. In 2010, he was remembered for the Youthful Craftsmen for Haiti’s rendition of “Wavin’ Banner” with an end goal to fund-raise for calamity alleviation. He featured alongside numerous Canadian stars. In 2010, he was highlighted in Raghav’s single “To such an extent”. In 2011, he teamed up with Canadian dance-pop demonstration Sound Jungle gym on their gold-selling single “Well known”, which arrived at #28 in Canada and #10 on the USA Board Dance diagrams. In 2011, he teamed up with artist Karl Wolf on his single “Ghetto Love”. In 2013, Kardinal Offishall, alongside Madchild from Enlarged Individuals, were highlighted on Canadian hip jump craftsman Grouped’s self-named collection on the track “Turn Upward”.
He additionally showed up on the foundation single “Real nature” by Craftsmen Against Tormenting. On December 16, 2013, Offishall joined All inclusive Music Canada as Inventive Chief Overseer of A&R. Beside creating Canadian ability, he has additionally communicated interest in creating global ability, expressing “I’m scanning the world for geniuses.” On October 30, 2015, Kardinal Offishall delivered his fifth studio collection Kardi Gras,Instagram account.