Hails from Toronto, he is not the first cat to come out of Canada with hip hop but he is one of the first that really blew outside of Canada. He along with fellow emcees Saukrates and Choclair have been regarded as one of Canada’s best hip hop producers. Kardi is best known for his distinctive reggae and dancehall-influenced style of hip hop ever since he dropped heavy in 2001 with “BaKardi Slang”, which popularized Toronto’s nickname “T-dot” also the joint ” was a formidable hi t on the underground scene and is an excellent representation of his hip hop / dancehall style. After the label MCA folded in 2003, Kardinal’s highly anticipated follow up album Firestarter Vol. 2: The F-Word Theory was shelved along with the single/video for “Belly Dancer” featuring Pharrell, and Kardinal eventually found himself without a label. Had the album been released, there would have been production from Timbaland and The Neptunes, among others. He released an independent mixtape titled Kill Bloodclott Bill in 2003.
In 2004 with his production company, Black Jays, started recording his second major-label album titled Fire and Glory. Released in 2005, through Virgin Records in Canada only it had the hits including “Everyday (Rudebwoy)” and “Heads Up”. The album was nominated for Rap Recording of the Year at the 2006 Juno Awards. In 2013, Kardinal Offishall, was featured on Canadian hip hop artist Classified’s self-titled album on the track called “Look Up”. He also appeared on the charity single “True Colors” by Artists Against Bullying. In, 2013, Kardinal Offishall joined Universal Music Canada as Creative Executive Director of A&R. Aside from developing Canadian talent, he has also expressed interest in developing international talent, stating “I’m searching the world for superstars.” In 2015, Kardinal Offishall released his fifth studio album Kardi Gras, Vol. 1: The Clash which spawned the hit single “That Chick Right Therre” which reached #68 on the Canadian Hot 100.
Its 2016 and Kardinal Offishall is starting off with a bang with his joint “No Reason” which finds Kardi keeping it current with a cut that sounds like the producer is from the ATL. The cut is rowdy much like the video and is filled with the N-word but Kardi also manages to drop jewels in the cut too which is the dopest part of this song. Kardi is making a statement with this jaunt.