Canada’s original international hip hop ambassador and Billboard charting rapper/producer Kardinal Offishall is pleased to debut the second single “OG” featuring Jamaican dancehall don Assassin, from his forthcoming late September 2015 Kardi Gras: Volume One EP release.
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The 17 times nominated four time Juno Award-winning emcee, producer, philanthropist and label executive who popularized the cross pollination of hip hop and dancehall music styles, and who has recorded a string of buzz worthy collaborative songs over the years with many of the music industry’s top performers including Pharrell, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, DJ Snake, T-Pain, Lil’ Jon and Vybz Kartel, has teamed up on “OG” with Jamaican dancehallheavyweight Assassin (aka Agent Sasco) who is riding a wave of success after recent noteworthy collaborations with Kanye West on Yeezus and on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly.
Kardinal Offishall boasts a wide array of music industry accolades over the years including a Billboard hit single “BaKardi Slang” from Quest for Fire: Firestarter Vol. 1 which is credited with popularizing the term Tdot(Toronto) around the world, and a chart topping single “Dangerous” featuring Grammy nominated Akon, which was a top five hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 charts, peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks and Pop 100 charts and went certified triple platinum in Canada. The release of “OG” follows on the heels of his critically-acclaimed 2012 collaborative mixtape Allow Me To Re-Introduce Myself with producer Nottz (Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, J Dilla), numerous international tour dates and his performance as the featured guest rapper on 2014’s Juno Award-winning R&B / Soul Recording of the Year “Can’t Choose” by Jrdn. The forthcoming Kardi Grastrilogy series of digital EP releases taps into Kardinal’s cross genre appeal and influences (reggae/dancehall, hip hop, electronic, soul, trap, orchestral, pop) and features him working with Stephan Moccio (The Weeknd, Miley Cyrus, Celine Dion), Stephen Marley, Glenn Lewis, Supa Dups (Bruno Mars, Eminem, John Legend) and others.