Words by Jesse Serwer
Kardinal, Nardwuar and Solitair
The last time we heard from Kardinal Offishall, he was Toronto’s best known rapper. Things have changed a little since then but one thing that hasn’t is Kardi’s knack for blending East Coast hip-hop and reggae/dancehall vibes into a sound that’s purely Canadian. “Ol Time Killin’ Part II (Anywhere),” a brand-new leak from the upcoming Mr. International LP, is a sequel to Kardi’s now decade-old tribute to good ol’ sound bwoy destruction, a big tune on a heavy beat hammered out of the Sleng Teng and Death in the Arena riddims by a guy called Dreddy. Stream it below, or download here.
Few notable rappers have repped West Indian culture more thoroughly and consistently than Kardinal, who grew up the son of Jamaican immigrants in Toronto’s Scarborough section. On the occasion of his return, it only makes sense to give the T-Dot MC the “Heds and Dreds” treatment and revisit some of his biggest sound bwoy killers.