Kardinal Offishall

Kardinal Offishall

Real Name:
Jason Harrow
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.
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Kardinal Offishall Discography

AR-10338 Various Naughty Dread Various - Beat Factory Rap Essentials Volume 1(2xLP) BeatFactory Music Inc. AR-10338 Canada 1996 Sell This Version
none Kardinal Offishall Kardinal Offishall - Naughty Dread / On Wid Da Show(12") Knee Deep Records none Canada 1996 Sell This Version
7-76127058-4 Kardinal Offishall Kardinal Offishall - Eye & I (Album) Capitol Hill Music Inc. 7-76127058-4 Canada 1997 Sell This Version
KOLP-97 Kardinal Offishall Kardinal Offishall - On Wit Da Show / Naughty Dread II(12") Capitol Hill Music Inc. KOLP-97 Canada 1997 Sell This Version
7243 4 96597 2 8 Choclair Choclair - Ice Cold (Album) Virgin Music Canada 7243 4 96597 2 8 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
PVL 24180 Choclair Choclair - Let's Ride / Bare Witness Priority Records PVL 24180 US 1999 Sell This Version
EDD006 Eddie Ill & D.L.* Freestyle (as Kardinal) Eddie Ill & D.L.* - The Time Has Come(2xCass, Comp, Mixed) A2B / PSP EDD006 US 1999 Sell This Version
FIV 1204 Kardinal Offishall Kardinal Offishall - And What? / Put 'Em Up(12") Figure IV Entertainment FIV 1204 Canada 1999 Sell This Version
P2 50118 Various Let's Ride (as Kardinall Offishall) Various - 3 Strikes - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Comp) Priority Records P2 50118 US 2000 Sell This Version
FIV 1206 Kardinal Offishall Kardinal Offishall - Husslin' (EP) Figure IV Entertainment FIV 1206 Canada 2000 Sell This Version
SONG20042 Maestro* Bustin' Loose (Original Mix) Maestro* - Ever Since (Album) The Song Corporation SONG20042 Canada 2000 Sell This Version
OUTLAW PROD. 2000 Puppet Puppet - All My Girls / Screw Face(12", Single) Outlaw Productions (3) OUTLAW PROD. 2000 Canada 2000 Sell This Version
7243 5 28326 2 0 Various Lights Out Various - Mastermind Presents Volume 50: Street Legal(CD, Comp, P/Mixed) Virgin Music Canada 7243 5 28326 2 0 Canada 2000 Sell This Version
LPVIRDJ96 Choclair Choclair - Ice Cold (Album Sampler)(12", Promo, Smplr, Blu) Virgin LPVIRDJ96 Europe 2000 Sell This Version
Vol.1 Various Bare Witness Various - Juice CD Vol.1(CD, Comp) Juice Magazin Vol.1 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
088 112 569-1 Kardinal Offishall Kardinal Offishall - Quest For Fire: Firestarter Vol. 1 (Album) MCA Records 088 112 569-1 US 2001 Sell This Version
STONECD105 Various Mic T.H.U.G.S Various - Styles Upon Styles: Hip Hop From The Ground On Up (Album, Comp) Stonegroove Recordings STONECD105 UK 2001 Sell This Version
MCAR-25400-2 Kardinal Offishall Kardinal Offishall - Quest For Fire: Firestarter Vol. 1 CD Sampler(CD, Promo, Smplr) MCA Records, Shag, Figure IV Entertainment MCAR-25400-2 US 2001 Sell This Version
0 6700 30171 2 1 Various Flagrant (What You Want) (Remix) Various - The Longplay(CD, Comp) Nettwerk 0 6700 30171 2 1 Canada 2001 Sell This Version
72435 33122 2 0 Thrust (5) Relationships and 1 more… Thrust (5) - The Chosen Are Few (Album) Blueprint Records Inc. 72435 33122 2 0 Canada 2002 Sell This Version
112 868-2 Various Money Jane Various - Showtime: From And Inspired By The Motion Picture MCA Records 112 868-2 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
SXT-CD-0023 Choclair Glistenin' Choclair - Flagrant Sextant Records, Greenhouse SXT-CD-0023 Canada 2003 Sell This Version
981 225-5 Texas Carnival Girl (Kardinal Offishall Remix) Texas - Carnival Girl (Single) Mercury 981 225-5 UK 2003 Sell This Version
M3-007 Kardinal Offishall Kardinal Offishall - Tear De Wallz Down M3 Entertainment M3-007 US 2004 Sell This Version
none Kardinal Offishall Tear De Wallz Down and 6 more… Kardinal Offishall - Kill Bloodclot Bill Volume 1(CDr, Promo) Black Jays... Is The Team none Canada 2004 Sell This Version