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Album Review

While there are a slew of Canadian MCs (Saukrates, Choclair, Rascalz, and Swollen Members) who appear ready to reverse the stigma of the up north rapper, as of yet, none have been able to elude the novelty label. On "Bakardi Slang," the anthemic lead single to his Quest for Fire: Firestarter, Vol. 1 major-label debut, Toronto's Kardinal Offishal declares "Kardinal gonna show you how the T-Dot rolls." Kardinal, much like his fellow Circle member Choclair, displays flashes of promise here. Firestarter takes on many identities: the insightful consciousness of "Man by Choice" (which explores the origin of the "N" word and all of its nasty connotations), and the underground delight of the Saukrates-featured "Gotta Get It," and "Husslin'." Yet, there is also a commercial element at work here, as a slew of tracks (e.g., "Powerful" and "Quest for Fire") are undermined by R&B hooks, which actually make you appreciate Lil' Mo. Granted, Kardinal does attempt to showcase some versatility with Firestarter, whether through the low-budget musing of "U R Ghetto 2002" or by soaking Firestarter with his tropically enhancing West Indian heritage, which is a major influence here. Firestarter has enough Jamaican dancehall riddims to make the average Bounty Killer fan say "Bwoy."

Customer Reviews

pretty good

This guy reminds me of KRS-One, because you know he is very talented and can be great, but doesn't reach it. With this guy (n wit KRS too) it's because the beats are so average. For example, "Go Ahead Den," is way too busy, "Quest for Fire," is boring and amatuerish. There are positives tho, "G Walkin'" stands out, and so does "Ol Time Killin." My personal favorite, "Gotta Get It," it's solid.

some great tracks, so-so as an album

Overall, the album does have a bunch of weaknesses which result in an overall sense of mediocrity. But on the other hand, there are some great tracks on this release. "Bakardi Slang" is a shout-out to Kardi's Toronto background with a sick beat and nice flow. "Ol Time Killin" and "Maxine" are some of Kardi's best tracks and are well worth a listen. What makes Kardi so interesting is his combination of hip-hop, reggae and dancehall sensibilities.

One of the most UNDERATED ARTIST OUT!!!!!!

Mr. T Dot has been around for a while and not too many folks bumpin him till now!!! getcha Bakardi Slang on!!!!!


Born: May 12, 1976 in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Canadian rapper Kardinal Offishall is arguably the best-kept secret in Canadian hip-hop, a genre that is in itself the best-kept secret in hip-hop. The 6'4" rapper is also known as one of the best producers in Canada, having helped produce albums for other Toronto artists. Born Jason Harrow, Kardinal Offishall started rapping early and was winning competitions when he was 12. Signed to a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music Canada at the age of 20, Offishall blended soul, dancehall, reggae,...
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