a yute born in Scarborough [a heavily populated Jamaican area
in Toronto]. I can connect more to my Jamaican roots more than
my Canadian. My mum, dad, uncle, cousins, aunty, everybody are
from Jamaica so I don't know much about the Canadian vibe. I am
Canadian by birth but definitely Jamaican by mentality.
release of the freshman album in his proposed Firestarter series,
"Firestarter: Volume 1", Scarborough-born Kardinal has crossed
the border without touching foot outside of The Great North. This
is quite an accomplishment for a Canadian recording artist. Not
to mention a Canadian URBAN recording artist. Never before has
a rapper from Toronto or anywhere else in Canada made it so quickly
and steadfastly to the international charts. Admittedly, there
was Snow, the white boy Deejay from Pickering who topped them
years ago with "Informer"
and old school rapper Fresh-Wes who busted up the rap charts with
"Backbone Slide" in 1990.
However, they provided something that was new, fresh and loaded
this is the year 2001. Kardinal is only one of many
thousands of young, aspiring rappers in North America and beyond.
Other Canadian artists like Alanis Morisette,
Celine Dion, Sarah McLaughlin and Nelly
Feurtado as well as Canadian actors like Jim
Carey, Mike Myers and Tom Green, have all had to pack
up shop and mosey on over to the States if they ever wanted to
make it to the big leagues. So,
although he wasn't exactly mashin' up New York and L.A. being
an independent artist in Canada, he persevered.
asked me to relocate, but I said that the vibes I get aren't the
same outside a Toronto." And there he remains alongside
his "family" which consists of Saukrates (now signed to
Def Jam), Choclair ("Let's Ride"), Solitair (producer
and guest on this album) & Tara Chase. The former two with
whom he's started an independent label,
Silver House And the Girl (S.H.A.G).