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Kardinal Offishall

perc, voc, key, *1976 CA, Scarborough, Toronto
Producer of Hip-Hop/Rap
A.k.a. Jason Harrow DJ Kardi Rock

Canadian rapper and record producer, born May 12, 1976 in Scarborough, Ontario, in Toronto's east end, and raised by Jamaican immigrant parents. He later settled in the Oakwood-Vaughan neighbourhood of York, Ontario, in Toronto's west end. He 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", and went by the moniker "Kardinal Offishall" after being inspired by the great 17th century French politician Cardinal Richelieu. He is often credited as Canada's "hip-hop ambassador", and is best known for his distinctive reggae and dancehall-influenced style of hip-hop. 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, and inn 1998, he was featured on the Juno-winning single "Northern Touch" with the Rascalz, Choclair, Checkmate and Thrust.

        
Instruments
  • Percussion
  • Vocals
  • Keyboards
  • Piano
  • Strings
Genres
  • Hip-Hop/Rap
  • Reggae
  • Pop
  • Dance
  • Electronic
Popular Tracks   
Dangerous on Not 4 Sale by Kardinal Offishall
Dangerous on Dangerous by Kardinal Offishall
RUN on RUN by Kardinal Offishall
BodyBounce (feat. Akon) on BodyBounce by Kardinal Offishall
Numba 1 (Tide Is High) on Not 4 Sale by Kardinal Offishall
Just Dance - RedOne Remix on Just Dance by Lady Gaga
Marching Bands - Vanze Remix on Marching Bands Remixes by Neon Dreams
Beautiful on Pop Dance Hits by Various Artists
Tonight (feat. Kardinall Offishall, Lomaticc & Sunny Brown) on Tonight by Various Artists
Numba 1 (Tide Is High) on Numba 1 by Kardinal Offishall

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Band Members
Discography


Title Artist Year Type
Kardi Gras Vol. 1Kardinal Offishall2015Album
Baddest ChickIan Carey & Doron Ft. Ray J And Kardinal Offishall2013Album
Fly So High (Redselecter Remix)Power Featuring Machel Montano And Kardinal Offishall2012Album
Famous (The Remixes)Audio Playground Feat. Kardinal Offishall2012Single
Ghetto LoveKarl Wolf Ft. Kardinal Offishall2011Album
It'S On TonightJunior Caldera & Nite Runner Feat. Kardinal Offishall2011Single
Body BounceKardinal Offishall2010Single
Put Your Hands On MeCrookers feat. Kardinal Offishall & Carla Marie Williams2009Album
BeautifulAkon Featuring Kardinal Offishall & Colby O'Donis2009Single
Colors / Kiss KissVybz Kartel / Sean Kingston / Kardinal Offishall - T-Pain / Chris Brown / T.O.K.2008Single
Not 4 SaleKardinal Offishall2008Album
Just DanceLady Gaga feat. Kardinal Offishall2008Album
Numba 1 (Tide Is High)Kardinal Offishall Feat. Keri Hilson2008Single
DangerousKardinal Offishall Featuring Akon2008Single
Present: Limited Time OnlyKardinal Offishall, Akon & Clinton Sparks2008Album
Set It Off / BurntKardinal Offishall2008Album
Numba 1 (Tide Is High)Kardinal Offishall Featuring Keri Hilson2008Album
Graveyard ShiftKardinal Offishall Featuring Akon2007Album
Ultimate-DJ-Tunes Extended Club Mixes Vol.1Kanye West / Freeway / Jay-Z Feat. Kardinal Offishall / Ruben Studdard2005Album
Feel AlrightKardinal Offishall2005Album
Everyday (Rudebwoy)Kardinal Offishall2005Single
Wolf And Leopard / Lucifer (Yard Mix)Dennis Brown / Jay-Z Feat. Kardinal Offishall2005Single
Number One Spot RMX / MurderousKardinal Offishall2005Album
Fire And GloryKardinal Offishall2005Album
Kill The DanceKardinal Offishall And Akon2005Single
Kill Bloodclott Bill Volume 1Kardinal Offishall2004Album
Gonna Make You Dance / Bus Di 45Wayne Wonder & Kardinal Offishall2004Single
Bang BangKardinal Offishall2004Album
Tear De Wallz DownKardinal Offishall2004Album
Belly DancerKardinal Offishall Featuring Pharrell Williams2003Album
Carnival GirlTexas Featuring Kardinal Offishall2003Single
Sick!Kardinal Offishall Feat. Bounty Killer2002Album
Quest For Fire: Firestarter Vol. 1Kardinal Offishall2001Album
Quest For Fire: Firestarter Vol. 1 CD SamplerKardinal Offishall2001Album
Kardinal Offishall InstrumentalsKardinal Offishall2001Album
Doin' It / MetropolisSaukrates & Kardinal Offishall / Defenders Of The Faith2001Album
BaKardi SlangKardinal Offishall2001Album
Drop The Beat / Husslin'Solitair & Saukrates & Michie Mee / Kardinal Offishall2000Single
Husslin'Kardinal Offishall2000Album
Ol' Time KillinKardinal Offishall2000Album
Money JaneBaby Blue Soundcrew Featuring Kardinal Offishall, Sean Paul & Jully Black2000Single
And What? / Put 'Em UpKardinal Offishall1999Album
Eye & IKardinal Offishall1997Album
Northern TouchRascalz, Kardinal Offishall, Thrust, Choclair, CheckMate1997Album
On Wit Da Show / Naughty Dread IIKardinal Offishall1997Album
Naughty Dread / On Wid Da ShowKardinal Offishall1996Album
Fat Joe EPFat Joe, Kardinal Offishall, Terror Squad, Foxy Brown, Eminem, Mase, Lil' JonAlbum
Heads UpKardinal OffishallSingle
Fire / Easiest ThingLindo P Feat. Kardinal Offishall / Delly RanksSingle
Kill The Dance (Got Something For Ya) / Shake That BootyKardinal Offishall & Akon / David Banner & Elephant ManAlbum
MIC T.H.U.G.S. / Husslin' / U R Ghetto WhenKardinal OffishallAlbum
Empty BarrelKardinal OffishallAlbum
Bacardi Slang Remix / Get Your Freak On RemixBounty Killer & Kardinal Offishall / Missy ElliottSingle
Belly Dancer / The Classic RmxKardinal Offishall / Buju BantonSingle
Bus Di Dance / Red Bull & Tiger BoneKardinal Offishall / Delly RanksSingle
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