Canadian Music Icon | Global A&R at Def Jam Recordings | Judge, Canada’s Got Talent
After years of earning global respect as one of Toronto’s most energetic and innovative emcees, Kardinal Offishall became a staple in the international music scene in the late 2000s with his features on hit records such as Akon’s “Beautiful”, Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance” and his own single “Dangerous” which scorched the Billboard Hot 100 charts and peaked in the top 5, making him the first rapper from Canada to do so in history.
Since then, he has continued to be a cultural and musical ambassador for a new wave of Canadian superstars and has had the pleasure of working with everyone from the likes of Drake, K’naan, Daniel Caesar, Boi 1da, and Glenn Lewis to even finding himself as one of the few to land music on the end credits on one of Dave Chappelle’s comedy specials on Netflix (“Equanimity”). As an artist, Kardinal has participated early on in the careers of Rihanna, Alex Da Kid, T-Pain, Vybz Kartel, Estelle, and Sean Paul, to name a few.
Diversifying his portfolio, by adding executive to the already proven titles of Rapper, Producer and Philanthropist was done without hesitation. “What I do naturally as a creative allows me to also view the corporate structure with a unique lens. It is very rare that one learns how to master both the magic and science of the music industry”. Kardinal is continuing to lead and inspire by releasing his own creative projects, as well as the work of the artists he signs and mentors.
He has quite literally ran with the torch during the Olympics, performed for Nelson Mandela, was federally named one of Canada’s ambassadors during the country’s “150th anniversary of its confederation,” and proudly serves as Senior VP of A&R for Universal Music Canada. Forever pouring into the minds and hearts of current and future legends, Kardinal is the definition of excellence, “coming from the cold.”