Jason Drew Harrow, better known by his stage name Kardinal Offishall, is a Canadian rapper, record producer, DJ, and record executive. Often credited as Canada's "hip hop ambassador", he is regarded as one of the country's best hip hop producers, and is best known for his distinctive reggae and dancehall-influenced style of hip hop. A native of Toronto, Offishall began his career in the city's mid-1990s underground hip hop scene, as a member of The Circle. He released several independent 12" singles, a debut album, and an EP, before signing with major label MCA Records in 2000. The following year, Offishall released his second album, Quest for Fire: Firestarter, Vol. 1, spawning the Billboard hit "BaKardi Slang", which popularized Toronto's nickname "T-dot", and the minor hit "Ol' Time Killin'"; both singles became his signature songs. After failing to release the Firestarter Vol.
|Birth name||Jason Drew Harrow|
|Born||May 11, 1976, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada|
|Occupation(s)||Rapper, songwriter, record producer, record executive, disc jockey, philanthropist|
|Instruments||Vocals, keyboard, sampler, turntable|
|Labels||In Our Dreams, Universal Canada, Kon Live, Geffen, M3, Virgin, EMI Music Canada, MCA, Figure IV, Black Stone Colleagues, Capitol Hill, Knee Deep|
|Associated acts||Artists Against Bullying, Black Jays, Akon, Clinton Sparks, Estelle, Nottz, Saukrates, Solitair|
In 2008, he had a success on the Billboard Hot 100 with"Dangerous." His 2000 song"BaKardi Slang" popularized the nickname"T-Dot" for his hometown of Toronto.
By the time he was in his teens, he was already winning rap battles.
His album Fire and Glory earned him praise and a Juno Award in 2006.
He is the son of Jamaican immigrants who came to Canada as children. Tashi Harrow was his wife.
He was featured in the RedOne Remix of the Lady Gaga song"Just Dance.".
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