TSS Presents Smoking Sessions With Kardinal Offishall

05.13.08 9 years ago 50 Comments

If you’ve ever heard a Kardinal Offishall song, you know what to expect: Hyper-energetic, ‘Cheahs’ bursting in the background, and an effortless blending of Hip-Hop, Dancehall, Reggae and whatever other genres are kicking around in the man’s head at the time. Born to Jamaican parents in the multicultural cauldron of Toronto, he’s been more-or-less wearing the Canadian Hip-Hop crown for the last few years – but that’s all set to change. With a new album, Not 4 Sale, coming out on Akon’s Konvict Muzik label later this year, he won’t be Canada’s secret much longer.

TSS Crew’s Matthew Mundy caught up with Kardinal to talk about, well, everything: from why ATLiens is better than Aquemini to pigeonholing rappers to poverty to his favorite emcees and albums. Cheah.

TSS: Hey how you doing?

Kardinal Offishall: Matt what’s happening family?

TSS: Not much what’s happening?

Kardinal Offishall: Good. I’m very very very good.

TSS: Where you at right now?

Kardinal Offishall: I’m just landing back in Toronto to debut the new video for ‘Dangerous’ in Canada and then we’re going back to Canada in a day and a half.

TSS: Nice, nice. I checked out that video, it’s good. So you got the new album coming out, how do you feel right now?

Kardinal Offishall: Man, everything is crazy. This is, I think, the first time in my career that every single thing that thus far we’ve tried to execute has been executed 250 percent. So I feel really dope, you know what I mean? Because everybody’s on board, not just our camp but the label’s on board, and people are really loving the record, and as far as the album goes we have a really crazy album so it’s really good. We’ll be able to definitely send some tidal waves around the world with this joint.

TSS: That’s amazing. So what features are we going to see on the album? I mean Akon’s obviously on “Dangerous.”

Kardinal Offishall: Yeah, you know, the album definitely focuses on me but any collaborations I did were with people that I kind of had a relationship with, not just reached out to whoever’s the hot shit at the time. Obviously beside Akon and T-Pain, I did a record called “Digital Motown” with J*Davey out of L.A. If you’re not familiar they’re a crazy Hip-Hop-RnB-Punk crazy band. They’re definitely a break from the norm. That’s produced by Jake One out of the Bay Area, you know, he produces for everybody, from 50, G-Unit, you know. So Jake laced me.

Obviously, our homegirl Estelle, she’s part of our Black Jays International family. I did a joint for her album that’s out now, the “Magnificent” joint that’s produced by Mark Ronson, and she got on a joint on my album, a song produced by Akon called “Do Me a Favor,” which… It’s a dope track. For me it’s one of my favorite tracks because I just really sat back and turned off all the so-called limelights and all that crazy stuff and wrote it from the perspective of just what it was like to feel the pain of being an everyday dude and struggling and stuff. That was a real dope joint that we did with Estelle that evokes a lot of feeling. Aside from that we did a joint with my family The Clipse, we did a joint called “Set It Off,” which was dope because we hadn’t officially did a song since we did the “Grindin'” remix. So the joint “Set It Off” is absolutely energetic, fire-filled and bananas, know what I mean? And then we even recorded with the Pussycat Dolls too.

The dope thing about my album is we stayed outside of the box on almost every single song we did. We pushed the limits and pushed creativity and I think we raised the bar, because right about now there’s just a lot of the same sentiment that I keep hearing about, about how music is losing its creativity, music is losing its edge, this that and the next thing. I wanted to try and lead by example and come out with a crazy album that people can appreciate for many years to come, so we definitely worked hard at this album, to make something that’s not only commercially viable but something that piques the interest of even the most hard artistic critic.

TSS: For sure. And it sounds like a ton of people from countries all over the world on that. Is it going to have an international flavor?

Kardinal Offishall: You know what, I don’t mean this in an egotistical way, but it’s going to have a Kardinal flavor. We even have producers that are from different parts of the world on the album. Obviously we have American producers, we have producers from Toronto, I also got an up and coming dude from the UK that’s producing on it. It’s real hot. The thing about it is that there is a consistency throughout the album, there’s an energy and a fire that’s a common denominator throughout the album. We’re definitely going to have a Kardinal energetic feel to it, you know what I mean? You’re not going to be able to be like, ‘Ah, this sounds like it was produced by the dude from the UK,’ or, ‘I heard he did a song with a dude from Toronto, so that must be this song.’ It’s not like that at all.

TSS: For sure. Your Do the Right Thing mixtape that you released a while ago was an absolute beast; I’ve been listening to that a ton.

Kardinal Offishall: Respect. And as a shameless plug, we’re about to do a new mixtape right now, we’re just finishing it this week called Weapons of Mass Eruption. That’s another mixtape by me and Clinton Sparks.

TSS: Awesome. Well, Do the Right Thing was ridiculous, and I’m from the Toronto area as well, and I forwarded “Good Ol’ Days” to all my friends…

Kardinal Offishall: Word, word (laughing). I like that, that lets me know who you are because only a certain type of dude will really appreciate that song.

TSS: Yeah man, especially the ball hockey/Toronto Maple Leafs part (laughing).

Kardinal Offishall: (Laughing) Yes sir.

TSS: How does being from Toronto influence your music?

Kardinal Offishall: Umm, it’s really ill and it’s kind of hard to explain to someone who’s not from here. Because there’s what they call a mash-up of everything here, it’s one of those ones where I feel like just leaving out of here I’m going to take over the world. I just feel like I’m ahead of the pack because I’ve been exposed to not just my culture, which is Jamaican and West Indian, but growing up here you’re exposed to Taste of the Danforth, so you’re exposed to Greek culture, you’re exposed to the dragonboat races and Chinese New Year, you’re exposed to so many different cultures you just feel enlightened, like you’ve got a head start and you can understand things when you’re traveling internationally. I think being from Toronto it gives me a better understanding of the psychology of the world, I guess, know what I mean? Because all it is here is different microcosms of what’s going on in the world abroad, so when we go places yeah they may look different, but I can kind of relate to the people, because growing up I’ve met different people, like this person from Japan or this person from Germany or this person from the UK or what have you.

TSS: I’m just out in L.A. right now, and I try and tell my friends that yeah, it’s multicultural out in L.A. But it’s so much more segregated where Toronto it’s just like everything’s all smashed up together. Just listening to your music you can tell that it obviously has an effect on your music.

Kardinal Offishall: Most definitely, and that’s the one thing, even many cities around the world that boast many different cultures, it doesn’t mean that they’re living together. It’s an unwritten rule that these are where the such and such live, this is where these types of people live, or this is where they settled, and in Toronto any given area in any given time it’s for the most part the only divisions we have are more economic than racial.

TSS: Yeah, and that’s a question that I was going to ask later. It seems like there has been a spike in violence in Toronto, and it seems like poverty is becoming almost more deep-rooted in certain areas. What do you think of that? How are things compared to when you grew up?

Kardinal Offishall: Well you have to understand that with me, I was able to see – I still haven’t seen the rich part of life, where I want to be, I’ll let you know when I get to the rich side. For me growing up, I’ve been able to experience what it’s like to not have, and now it’s through the hard work of my family and also the hard work of my career I’m able to see what it’s like to acquire things, but what’s unfortunate I think is the mindset of the people. There’s an unfortunate hopelessness I see with the poor, whereas when my parents came to Canada there was this kind of dream that a lot of people immigrating to Canada had that if they worked hard they’d be able to achieve that house in the suburbs and be able to provide for their families and I think a lot of them were definitely able to accomplish that, but I think there’s a certain sense of hopelessness among the poor right now, and unfortunately it seems like not only is it affecting them progressing form the state that they’re in, but it’s – it’s not an excuse for it, but I think that it may be drumming up a lot of violence due to frustration and maybe a lot of neglect from the people that have.

TSS: I definitely know what you mean and I feel the same way. I feel that in a way it seems like more of an American city that way, you know? That we’re slowly building up a permanent underclass in Canada, know what I mean? I think that’s where you’re seeing those spikes in violence and frustration.

Kardinal Offishall: Yeah. And I definitely noted that on my album in a couple of songs. There’s a song called “Bad Like We Bad,” and I start off by saying ‘Being 21 and alive is not an accomplishment/Where I come from that’s a prerequisite.’ That is definitely a feeling that I had when I was writing this album, and I definitely expressed it through some songs, because it’s like I don’t believe in never. I don’t believe in can’t, I don’t believe that this can never happen. I wouldn’t be in the position I’m in right now if I were to just accept the way things are.

And besides me being able to make music a certain way, I don’t think that the way my mind works is different from anybody else who’s willing to strive, and try to get the best and not settle and that’s really something that I want, obviously not just for my Toronto people, but I definitely want that to be for everybody that listens to my music, that’s what they get out of it. That I’m not somebody who takes giving up as an option.

TSS: For sure. You’ve been in the game for a minute now, how hard do you feel being an artist from Toronto and getting accepted in the U.S.? You’re one of the few Canadian artists with an international presence. What’s that been like trying to get there?

Kardinal Offishall: Well you know what’s really been dope? Artistically, they’ve really messed with me. I mean they loved the music for a good amount of time. You have to understand that I’ve been doing this since I was really young, so an advantage that I’ve had is to be able to see the scene grow and see the way that they look at me grow. And what’s dope is with this “Dangerous” record, this is the first time that across the board they’re like, ‘A-ha, I finally get it.’ Whether it be all those crossover stations, urban stations or TV, I’m talking about in America this is the first time that they’re treating it like any other A-list musician that’s out there, and that’s really an accomplishment for me.

I’ve been doing this for a minute and I’ve seen a lot of people that have tried and gotten their spirits broken and have given up. It’s just been dope that, especially with the way this album’s been shaping up, because everybody finally gets it. You have to understand that this is the perfect time for international acceptance. Sure, there was Craig David, Robbie Williams, a couple other random people. Even with people like my homegirl Estelle it’s kind of dope because right about now people are judging stuff more on the music than where you’re from. Because I think also the caliber of music is just so dope that it’s undeniable.

TSS: I guess you see this especially with other artists like Dizzee Rascal, he springs to mind from the UK.

Kardinal Offishall: Definitely.

TSS: How has the game changed over the years both in Canada and the U.S.? You’ve been around in Canada for a long time, and you’ve seen how it’s changed. At this point right now I guess you’re saying is your pinnacle, or your peak?

Kardinal Offishall: I’ll tell you the interesting thing about Canada is that Canada hasn’t really changed. As unfortunate as it is, it hasn’t really changed. We definitely take baby steps, but that’s because a lot of the people that are in control of all the major corporations are still blue-haired, still not necessarily in tune with the younger generation. In the same breath what’s ill is that we got the news today that we were added to CHUM radio stations across the Canada. As long as we’ve been doing stuff in Canada, this is my first CHUM add. It’s one of those things that we are taking baby steps, it’s one of those things where unfortunately… I don’t want to say that they’re following what the States are doing, btu at the same time I don’t know, something kicked them in the ass and they’re finally giving me my just desserts. So Canada’s been moving slowly.

As far as America, maaaan, when I first met Busta and some of these cats, they used to tell me how they used to get these crazy budgets, million-dollar videos, two-millions dollars, three-million dollars to record your album… We’ve seen it go from that, to basically you’re not even really having enough money to pay for features and pay to mix your album. Record labels have cut waaaaay down in terms of their spending. Especially what you’re seeing in America is people having to do a lot more with a lot less, and that’s the major difference I see, and the American scene changing, is that all the big budgets and stuff are gone out the window.

TSS: You not only emcee, you produce a lot of shit too. What motivates you on that, are we going to see a lot of Black Jays production on Not 4 Sale?

Kardinal Offishall: You have to understand that I keep recording until they ban me from the studio. I keep going until it’s literally gone to pressing. Thus far there’s like 4 tracks that I’ve produced on the album, but we’ll see what it turns into at the end of the day, because I’m definitely getting a lot of fire tracks from people that are my heroes as far as the production game goes. I talked to Nottz today, he’s one of my favorites. So we’ll see what the tally is at the end of the day as far as exactly how much I’m doing. But you also have to understand that I’ve recorded so much material for this album that it’s almost impossible right now to say what it looks like. But it’s looking like somewhere around at third of the album.

TSS: Nice, nice. This is your first album on Konvict Muzik obviously. What was it like working with Akon, and how do you feel about the commercial chances of the album with someone like him on it?

Kardinal Offishall: The thing that’s dope about ‘Kon is that the whole reason we linked up as far as this music thing goes is that he saw in me a potential to take it way further than where I am right now. He said, ‘Yo Kardi you’re right here, you got a lot of respect, you’ve built up a strong foundation, but we need to take you and get the world exposed to the international star that you are.’ So what’s dope with working with ‘Kon is that he’s very quick at pointing out what people’s strengths are and exploiting that. Not exploiting in a bad way, but really being able to get all the good out of somebody, and I think that’s really what he’s done, he was able to see what my strengths are and capitalize on those, in order to take my career to the next level.

TSS: So are you pretty excited to release the album?

Kardinal Offishall: Yeah, well you know what it is, I don’t want to say I don’t get excited, but this feels like it’s a fun ride. This ride is just real dope, there’s just a lot of good stuff along the way, and it’s very rare, but for me it feels like I’m going through a lot firsts. For someone who has really been trucking along and doing it independently and for there to still be some firsts, it’s pretty dope. This is all novelty for me, it’s crazy. I just got an email saying that the video is going to debut on BET next week and be put in rotation, and that’s ill. I’ve never really had a video that’s been in the mix like that for a station that’s not based out of Canada. There’s a lot of really, really good stuff that’s going on right now, and I definitely feel blessed and I’m just trying to milk everything and just work my ass off to make sure that the project is big.

TSS: On Do the Right Thing, your verse on “Rappaz R N Danja” was pretty heated and you seemed a little angry with a lot of the criticism of hip hop. Do you still see a lot of that? You seem to see race and class playing a large role in the criticism of Hip-Hop by the media.

Kardinal Offishall: Yeah, you know what? Woo. I hope this song makes it. There’s a song on the album where I kind of address that also, and what I say is, ‘Don’t let your favorite rapper burn at the stake/Because somebody posted an outtake,’ you know what I’m saying? I still definitely feel that people are just using Hip-Hop as a definite scapegoat right now. At the time that I wrote the verse for Do The Right Thing, it was craaaazy. We were crazy under fire at that point in time. Everybody was pinning all the ills of society and the ills of the world on hip hop, as if we had created all of the negativity in the world. And there’s so many contradictory people that were just talking a lot of shit and it was infuriating me.

Also what was infuriating me was that for whatever reason there’s this new kind of getting money in hip hop, and it seems like in order to get money in Hip-Hop right now you gotta be political, because you don’t want to piss off the wrong corporate people and all of the rest of this type bullshit. So a lot of the time you find people who don’t want to ruffle any feathers, because the next thing you know they won’t be able to cash a check from this or that. And I’m not into any of that. And that’s kind of why my album is titled Not 4 Sale, because it’s one of those things where it’s like a check hanging in front of my mouth is not going to change the way that I feel about scenarios. And that’s what the Not 4 Sale concept is about. If I like those banging ass, hard, break-your-neck beats, it doesn’t matter if the label gives me $2 million to do pop shit, I’m not going to just do some random pop shit because there’s all that money behind it. The way that I feel is the way that I feel. Bust it like this: If you have a 9-to-5, and your job is cool and you like it, but your boss comes to you one day and is like, ‘Yo, I need you to blah blah blah,’ and you’re like, ‘Nah B, I’m not with that,’ and it’s one of those scenarios where even if they might say, ‘Well we’ll give you this bonus and this time off,’ sometimes you’ve gotta think to yourself and say, ‘Yo, is that bonus really worth me doing something that I don’t believe in or something that I’m not down with.’ And that’s what Not 4 Sale is all about – I can definitely relate to being put in those type situations.

TSS: I think a lot of the time the media loves to put rappers in boxes – ‘He’s a conscious rapper, he’s a gangsta rapper, he’s a club rapper.’ And it seems like you cover everything – would you agree?

Kardinal Offishall: You know what it is though with me? Honestly, I think sometimes what separates me from other people is that some of the hardest rappers out there that I meet, I’m like, “Damn, dude could be a certain way,” and when you meet some of these people the dudes could be the coolest people you’ve ever met. And why can’t they put that in their records? But sometimes I really feel like rappers put themselves in boxes. It’s one of those things. And I understand when people have that niche or whatever, and they don’t want to stray too far from that niche and don’t want to confuse the listener, that’s all fine and dandy. But for me, if your music is really an extension of who you are, I’m not the same way everyday. I’m not in the club everyday, so I wouldn’t want to have an album full of all “Dangerous” songs, because for me that would be boring, because you can only club for so long until you’re like, ‘Yo B, we gotta leave that shit alone for a while.’ So I like to have a balance of really who I am – sometimes clubbin’, sometimes we’re having serious discussions, and sometimes – well most of the time – we into females, know what I’m saying? I love women, I promote them all the time, but sometimes it’s not about that, you gotta push that to the side, and you have to talk about the plight that females are going through right now. You gotta talk about the different hardships that they have to face, whether it be physical, emotional abuse, all of these different things are things that I want to tackle because they’re things I think need to be exposed. If I’m given the opportunity to speak on something, I want to make sure my words are worth something at the end of the day.

TSS: Exactly. It seems like you’re an artist who doesn’t like to be put in a box, whether musically or lyrically or anything like that.

Kardinal Offishall: Nah, never. Never never. That’s just not me. The more people say don’t’ do that, the more I’m going to try and do that, know what I mean? Trust me. I’m that guy. There’s sometimes where Akon is like, ‘Yooooo… Chill for a second bro.’ I’m definitely trying to take it there, for sure.

TSS: What emcees influence you – if you could throw out some emcees over the years that?

Kardinal Offishall: KRS-One. KRS-One. So easy to throw out there. Him coining the phrase ‘edutainment’ is just sick to me. If I was able to ever be a shining example of what ‘edutainment’ is, that’s an accomplishment to me. That people can actually feel like they’ve learned some stuff from the music I’ve done, but at the same time not feel like they’ve been preached at the whole song. KRS-One is one of my number ones. There are so many different people for different reasons. Jay-Z, he was able to expose the corporate side, he was able to show people you can be an emcee, but at the same time you can know your value, know your work, and get money, and at the same time standing up for the emcee that you are. He didn’t just let people use and abuse him – he got checks from a lot of people along the way. And ended up being the president. There’s definitely a bunch of different emcees that have helped shape me and influence me.

The dope thing that an emcee should do is not use it as a blueprint, rather as a sidebar. You can learn from their accomplishments, and learn from their mistakes. Make sure that you see what people did wrong as well, and make your own path. And that’s what I’ve done – I’ve made sure that I know that people have done certain things, but they are also in the climate of the time. There’s certain things that Jay-Z did that he wouldn’t have been able to do ten years ago, there are certain things that Puffy was able to accomplish in the ‘90s that he may not be able to accomplish now.

TSS: Where do you see yourself fitting in in Hip-Hop right now?

Kardinal Offishall: I’m not trying to fit in, I’m trying to fit out. That’s the ill thing right now. I’m trying to fit out. That’s definitely what we’re trying to do. I’m trying to create my own lane. Because if there’s one thing that’s a common denominator with all of my so-called heroes in Hip-Hop, is that when they came into the game they didn’t fit in, they made their own lane, and all of a sudden the people who came up behind them were like, “Oh, they’re trying to be like Nas, they sounding like Biggie,” because these people were the leaders of whatever they did. There wasn’t somebody coming before them who did exactly what they did. So I’m definitely not trying to fit in. I’m trying to stand out and create my own lane. Create my own feeling, my own energy, my own look, my own everything. So I can definitely leave a footprint inHip-Hop.

TSS: For sure, for sure. When you were recording Not 4 Sale, what were you listening to? Were there any specific albums that you were playing a lot when you were recording?

Kardinal Offishall: Not really. Really and truly it’s one of those things where on any given day I could be listening to anything, it could be Bob Marley, it could be The Roots, it could be 50. Who knows what it could be on any given day? But that’s just me. Some days I’m in the mood to sit back and listen to a certain thing. Really whatever my emotional state is, I’ll listen to it. If I’m mad and I’m pissed and I need that anger music, you already know what it is. I’m listening to my Mobb Deep, my 50, whatever. If it’s a day when my spirits need uplifting, then it’s a day where I’ll put on my Peter Tosh, my Bob Marley, or a Marvin Gaye or something like that and listen to some music that will feed the soul. So it really depends on what I’m listening to on that day, as opposed to a particular artist or genre.

TSS: What are some of your favorite Canadian albums?

Kardinal Offishall: Favorite Canadian albums? That’s a good one. Saukrates’ The Underground Tapes. Choclair – obviously I listen to most of my crew and big ups. Dream Warriors – ‘And Now The Legacy Begins.’ The one with all those left-field joints – ‘Wash Your Face In My Sink’. All those crazy joints. Interesting. K-Os’ Exit. The last Brass Munk album is kinda dope too. And that’s not just because I produced some shit on it (laughing).

TSS: What would you say were your favorite Hip-Hop albums of all time were?

Kardinal Offishall: Hmm. Favorite Hip-Hop albums of all time? Obviously Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions. And KRS-One – his first few albums were just so crazy, but Edutainment means a lot because I learned a lot off that album. So KRS One Edutainment. Redman’s Muddy Waters. Obviously the first Wu-Tang joint. Ooooh…Outkast ATLiens.

TSS: Nice. We’ve been having an argument over at TSS over whether people like Aquemini or ATLiens more, and it’s a tough one, but…

Kardinal Offishall: Oooooh (laughing). Maybe I’d say ATLiens first, just because at that time I think they really took a calculated risk in Hip-Hop. They definitely took it with Aquemini too, but that was after they were like, ‘A-ha – we found our niche,’ know what I’m saying? And they capitalized on that. But I think ATLiens represented a lot of different stuff. Sonically it was crazy, lyrically it was crazy, and I mean visually that was when 3 Stacks started bugging out with the turbans and what not, so yeah, ATLiens for sure.

TSS: Yeah, for sure.

Kardinal Offishall: And obviously you can’t not say Nas Illmatic. Tribe Called Quest you know, Low End Theory.

TSS: I was just interested. I’m happy you fall on the ATLiens side though (laughing).

Kardinal Offishall: Definitely. I’ve gone on record that I don’t know if I’ve ever heard Andre 3000 spit a wack verse. I mean maybe behind closed doors, but anything that’s come out, I’ve never heard something that I am like, ‘That is so wack.’

TSS: Yeah, I don’t think he’s ever had a bad day. He’s that dude.

Kardinal Offishall: Yeah man. He’s most definitely, most definitely that guy. Cee-Lo is definitely another crazy talented guy. Obviously he’s with that whole Gnarls Barkley thing, and he’s gone somewhere a little way off to the left, but he’s another guy that is crazy talented.

TSS: Yeah. It seems like you like a lot of, and you were saying before, how you don’t want to fit in, you want to fit out. And when you name a lot of your favorite albums, and Cee-Lo and Andre 3000 are certainly – Cee-Lo and Outkast are certainly people who came in and changed the game, and made it fit them rather than fitting into it.

Kardinal Offishall: Most definitely. Even when Public Enemy first came out, the shit that they were saying, like geez. I spent so much time asking my parents, ‘What about this, who’s that, what about this?’ and they were like, ‘Where are you getting this stuff from?’ know what I mean? (Laughing)

TSS: (Laughing)

Kardinal Offishall: And to me that is so ill, know what I mean? That I didn’t realize that there is so much stuff that hip hop has provided. And we kind of got away from that, but I think that it will be ill the day that we get to jam in the club or whatever, but have some lyrics that actually mean some shit.

TSS: Exactly. Something like, I’m just thinking off the top of my head, but something like “Hip-Hop” by dead prez has always been one of my favorite songs.

Kardinal Offishall: Yeaahhhh. Yeah, exactly. And they, unfortunately, came out at a time when it seemed like they were trying to shut that revolutionary rap down. And they still are. But I think right now there are so many different ways to get that stuff out there that they can try, but the labels and things of this nature and the entities aren’t in control anymore. So as long as there are the YouTubes out there, and people are able to double-click and find some shit, right now is a great time for music in general.

TSS: For sure. I guess sales are down a lot, but so many people are able to reach out to different audiences.

Kardinal Offishall: I mean record sales are down, but don’t get it twisted, it’s just a period of recollecting and figuring out the new way in which to make that paper. It was never actually record sales from artists. You’ve heard that from day one – artists don’t make anything off their albums, blah blah blah. Sure you got those independent joints now, the Kochs, that are able to give us a bigger stake, but record sales traditionally have never been something where artists get paid anyway. The way we’re looking at it is we gotta figure out a way to pimp those other outlets and get to it before the label does, that’s all.

TSS: If you could tell readers on TSS why they’re going to like your album, what would you say?

Kardinal Offishall: Why they’re gonna like it? I think because they’ll never know what to expect, but in an absolutely good way. The album is not going to be redundant or consistent with any of the mess that’s out there right now. We’re trying to create a new time and open some new eyes in the game. And that’s why they’ll love it.

TSS: What would you say now to the first female that broke up with you?

Kardinal Offishall: Umm. There’s some good mileage on this speedometer and I could show you a lot of good tricks that I didn’t know back then.

TSS: (Laughing).

Kardinal’s Not 4 Sale hits stores this July.




Previously Posted — Kardinal Offishall Feat. Akon “Dangerous” (Video)

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