Quest for Fire: Firestarter 1 (Vinyl) Import
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There's a refreshing sense of originality to Kardinal Offishall's approach to hip-hop as Fire: Firestarter, Vol 1 proves. Unlike many of his Canadian rap contemporaries--Choclair and the Rascalz, for example--Kardinal makes no attempt to sound like he's from the wilds of Brooklyn, Queens, or Atlanta instead of his native Toronto. In fact, he's one of the few Canadian MCs who makes Toronto's unique cultural mash-up an integral part of his sound.
Quest for Fire: Firestarter, Vol. 1 is as much a dancehall reggae album as a hip-hop record, with Kardinal bringing out his West Indian background on roots thumpers like "Ol' Time Killin'" and "Go Ahead Den". Handling most of the album's production himself, the rough-voiced MC also veers into R&B on "Powerful," comedy on "UR Ghetto 2002," racial politics on the stirring "Man by Choice," and hip-hop pop on "Husslin'". And for those not familiar with the T-Dot, Kardinal also breaks down Toronto hip-hop lingo on the anthemic "BaKardi Slang". It's slick, but not in a cloying, saccharine way. While Kardinal's obviously shooting for international attention, that's not coming at the expense of his original sound. An impressive debut for an artist who has come to define Canadian hip-hop. --Matt Galloway --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Top Customer Reviews
I remember the first time I heard kardi, "Money Jane" (2000, Baby Blue Soundcrew feat. Kardi, Sean Paul & Jully Black), I just couldn't get it out of my head, the way he referred to money as a female that he couldn't get away from. His masterfull lyrics shone through on that track, after that I did everything I could to find kardi tracks.
From his Collaboration with Wu-tang ("Carefull Click Click"), to "Northern Touch" with his canadian brethren (Rascalz, Choclair, Thrust and Checkmate). It didn't seem like a single thing I heard from kardi sounded like anything else I'd ever heard. When I heard his first album was dropping, I anxiously awaited it's release, and I wasn't dissapointed. Like others have said, "Firestarter Vol. 1" Has got the be one of the single greatest albums that's ever graced the inside of my discman.
No two tracks sound alike. He hits you hard with the party track, "Bakardi Slang", gettin you hooked and wantin to hear more, as you keep headin down the track list, other lyrical gems start to stand out immedeately. "Husslin'" and "Ol' Time Killin" are two of my favorite tracks, and regularly find their way into my mix CDs even now in 2003. As you keep goin, the "Money Jane Remix" brings back memories of my first kardi experience in 2000. "Man By Choice" is next, this song stands out for me in two ways; In one way it shows his roots growing up facing racism and stereotypes, but never losing sight of the fact that he is his own man, and will never be labeled by anyone. In another way it stands out for me is the phat beat the whole thing is laid on.Read more ›
1. Intro- Good Intro Solid Backround- 7.5
2. Bakardi Slang- The Smash Hit Single and by far his best- 10.0
3. Mic T.H.U.G.S- Good, But not his best- 6.0
4. Husslin'- Good Song nice beat too- 8.0
5. Ol' Time Killin'- Maybe better than Barkadi Slang- 10.5
6. Money Jane (Remix) Feat. Sean Paul & Jully Black- Good- 9.5
7. Man By Choice- A song about racisiam- 9.0
8. Maxine- OH MS.MAXINE- 7.0
9. U R Ghetto 2002- Good Ol' Ghetto- 8.0
10.Quest for Fire Feat. Solitair- FYAH!!!- 9.5
11.Powerfulll- GREAT!!!- 8.5
12.G Walkin' Feat. Glenn Lewis- It's OK- 6.5
13.Gotta Get It Feat. The Saukrettes- AWSEOME- 9.5
14.On Wid da Show- Pretty Good- 7.5
15.Go Ahead Den- SWEET!!!- 9.5
*****************************************************************As you can see most of my ratings are high and really good coments. So if you don't have this CD then go get.
Lyrically, he ain't bad either. If he goes over your head a few times then it's probably because you're not hip with his slang. He hails from the T-Dot (as in T.O.R.O.N.T.O., Canada) where there is some kind of West Indian influence there. Thus, this album has a reggae-hip hop feel to it. For instance, check out his first single "Bakardi Slang" where he breaks down the T-Dot language a la Big L's "Ebonics". More dancehall-esque tunes are found in the bump-n-grind jam "Maxine" and "Go Ahead Den". Even his R&B-ish tracks "Powerfulll" and "G Walkin'" (the latter features, if I'm not mistaken, fellow Canadian Glenn Lewis) make a mark.
Though I can do without "U R Ghetto 2002" (you-know-you're-ghetto jokes are so 1997), this album will stay in your stereo for a very long time. Firestarter Vol. 1 is just plain dope.
Most recent customer reviews
Wow, Kardinal is better then most american rappers. His multi-culteral (reggae) flow is one of the most original since Rakim. This debut album is one of my favourites. Read morePublished on March 24 2006 by Hip-Hop Head
Kardinal is a Jamaican-Canadian from Toronto, who mixes regae and dancehall beats with rap. Sounds a lil too much for you probably, but trust me its as good as any CD you will... Read morePublished on May 6 2003
Kardinal is rockin' the party! This album is probably one of the most creative Hip Hop albums I've ever heard! A mix of every category of Urban music! Read morePublished on Nov. 24 2002
this album was so dope. Im from LA so there arent alot of rappers that would bring in a sound like this and get away with it. He brings in dancehall and hip hop at the same time. Read morePublished on Oct. 22 2002
I'm so sick and tired of hearing the usual ish like Noreaga, Master P, etc. Guys who get by on dope beats with wack lyrics. Read morePublished on July 26 2002 by Jason
Let me just start off by saying that I am not a rap hip-hop fan. My music is more of Korn, Rage Against the Machine,LINKIN PARK, sublime, and Homegrown to name a few. Read morePublished on June 12 2002 by Lina
I love this CD. When I first heard him I was like OK he'll get his 1 song and that's it, I was totally wrong. I can't tell you how many times I have listened to my CD. Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2002 by Amazon Customer
Let me start off by sya ing that the lyricall skill of Kardinal Offishall is not going to put Canadian Hip-hop on the map with his lyrical prowess. Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2001