Whatever Happened To……Kardinal Offishall?

by Winston "Stone" Ford


Kardinal Offishall“Bang Bang”
from Kill BloodClott Bill Mixtape

Update: Fire and Glory is up on RadioBlog at

Remember when Kardinal Offishall was supposed to be the illest thing to come out of Canada? The dude was no Ben Johnson either. His mix of Jamacian-influenced cadence, UK grime, and general Canadianness (he's rapped about free health care) got him recognized by Busta Rymes, Green Latern, and underground support from Semtex (BBC).

Ever since he dropped Quest for Fire: Firestarter, Vol. 1, the dude got and no major radio airplay, but he got heat from message boards and underground radio. There were rumors of a major label deal, and affiliations with either Dipset or G-Unit, depending on which message board you frequented, but that talk ceased a year ago.

Since this dude has been on more mixtapes than your mother, I can certainly see him staying “in the underground” for most of his career. Sad.

Update: While I was doing my internets research, I found out that the dude's career isn't dead yet (at least not in Canada). He's opening for Fiddy on his Canadian tour dates, he's opened for Jay-Z as well. But as far as I can tell the dude is still unsigned. MCA Records distributed some of his mixtapes last year to try and get him some underground recognition, but apparently they stopped updating his website in June 2004.

  • mr.kamoji

    Kardi is not dead. He did some weird ass 360 and decided that he would sign with a Canadian Label. If you know anything of the Canadian Record industry, it means basically he will make no money.

    Anywhoo, his latest release is called Fire and Glory and was just released in North America on 11/15/2005.

    Ps: Thanks for the love. I will send some back in a minute.

  • Iron

    There's a new track called “Kay Sara Sara” that he made.

    Hope there's more where this one came from – he sounds good.

  • Wendy

    Nah, he's not dead. Just dead to the US. Fire and Glory won't be released in the US until maybe '06 if he's lucky.

    You can pick up an import copy, tho

    So he signed a “Canada-only” deal with EMI, meaning that they won't even promote the album outside of CAN, AND he has to renegotiate US/UK distribution with another label.

    CDN hip hop is shafted all the time cause they think that it wouldn't sell in the US. Sad :(

  • None

    get it on torrent:

  • mr.kamoji

    I have his new album on my radio blog at

  • Stone

    Damn, i know nothing about Canada. You know what that means?


  • Miss Hipstah