Interview

Kardinal Offishall Talks Toronto Hip Hop History with Drink Champs

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Before the city of Toronto was known as “The 6ix”, there was a time it was billed as “T-Dot” and promoted by Toronto rapper Kardinal Offishall. As pointed out before by WWETV writer, The Venom, Drizzy and Kardinal had a history in the city during a time when things were bridging the gap between the changing of the guard. As it is with the hip hop world, every three to five years a new crop of hip hop artists emerge to pave a new road for its city. However, at times hip hop fans seem to forget or undermine those that were trailblazers. This seems to be the case in terms of Toronto’s hip hop history at a mainstream level. The world seems to know of Drake and then there is everybody else.

Nore has put together a podcast that gives artists their roses when they are alive to smell the roses of their work. Toronto’s Kardinal Offishall and Cipha Sounds get to speak on the popular podcast and Kardi is very appreciative of the honor to be on the show that dedicates to veterans and legends who have a long tenure in the business. Kardinal went on Instagram to describe his feelings about the moment.

“They will rewrite your history, if you don’t define and tell it yourself. My history can be defined by 4 common occurrences in the narrative: love, support, trailblazing and unapologetic fire (apply that to my show, songs, verses, style etc). Since the VERY 1ST SONG I DID WHEN I GOT SIGNED (BaKardi Slang), my first objective was to elevate the city of Toronto (chorus: “everybody knows it’s the tdot”). I’ve done songs, features, appearances and mixtapes with everyone like @djwhookid @djgreenlantern @clintonsparks @realsway @funkmasterflex @djsemtex @stretchandbobbito , opened up for people like The Beastie Boys, OutKast, Run-DMC, Lauryn Hill, The Roots, Cee-Lo, Pharoah, Dave Chappelle, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Akon. I’ve done songs with people BEFORE they were musical A-List superstars like @badgalriri , @ladygaga , VybzKartel, @duttypaul , @estelledarlings @champagnepapi and so many others.

Honestly it would take about 100 posts for me to even crack the surface of the blessings I’ve been able to be a part of over my history. What I DO NEED for EVERYBODY to know is that my history is riddled with 98% positivity. In my heart, it’s only been love intended for EVERY single person I’ve ever worked with, spoken to, performed for, co-signed, spoken of, taken a picture with or gave a daps to. I travel the world and some of the biggest artists on the planet, biggest journalists, fans and everything in between constantly remind me of the honour of being one of the people to bring light to my country.

Not to my block, my crew, or things I may profit from-but bigging up my city, my country and my culture (I’m nothing without my bloodline and my heritage. Jamaica to the world!). There are always going to be people that badmind you, no matter how much love you show them. Never let that change your good nature (continuous note to myself). Revisionist culture is prevalent in 2020. No matter what the new narrative is and if I never receive a thank you, credit or love-what matters is that I still would’ve done what I did anyway, in hopes that things are better for those that come up after me. Honestly. Love to all of you. To be continued…and go check @drinkchamps today”.

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They will rewrite your history, if you don’t define and tell it yourself. My history can be defined by 4 common occurrences in the narrative: love, support, trailblazing and unapologetic fire (apply that to my show, songs, verses, style etc). Since the VERY 1ST SONG I DID WHEN I GOT SIGNED (BaKardi Slang), my first objective was to elevate the city of Toronto (chorus: “everybody knows it’s the tdot”). I’ve done songs, features, appearances and mixtapes with everyone like @djwhookid @djgreenlantern @clintonsparks @realsway @funkmasterflex @djsemtex @stretchandbobbito , opened up for people like The Beastie Boys, OutKast, Run-DMC, Lauryn Hill, The Roots, Cee-Lo, Pharoah, Dave Chappelle, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Akon. I’ve done songs with people BEFORE they were musical A-List superstars like @badgalriri , @ladygaga , VybzKartel, @duttypaul , @estelledarlings @champagnepapi and so many others. Honestly it would take about 100 posts for me to even crack the surface of the blessings I’ve been able to be a part of over my history. What I DO NEED for EVERYBODY to know is that my history is riddled with 98% positivity. In my heart, it’s only been love intended for EVERY single person I’ve ever worked with, spoken to, performed for, co-signed, spoken of, taken a picture with or gave a daps to. I travel the world and some of the biggest artists on the planet, biggest journalists, fans and everything in between constantly remind me of the honour of being one of the people to bring light to my country. Not to my block, my crew, or things I may profit from-but bigging up my city, my country and my culture (I’m nothing without my bloodline and my heritage. Jamaica to the world!). There are always going to be people that badmind you, no matter how much love you show them. Never let that change your good nature (continuous note to myself). Revisionist culture is prevalent in 2020. No matter what the new narrative is and if I never receive a thank you, credit or love-what matters is that I still would’ve done what I did anyway, in hopes that things are better for those that come up after me. Honestly. Love to all of you. To be continued…and go check @drinkchamps today.

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