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Quest for Fire: Firestarter 1 (Vinyl) [Import]

Kardinal Offishall LP Record
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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

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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Genius Sept. 10 2003
Format:Audio CD
-_Keep a list of all the songs I'm gonna list in this review, cuz you're gonna wanna cop 'em all_-
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.
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Kardinal is Canadian and not afraid to show it unlike some rappers from Canada like Rascalz & Choclair. Kardinal Offishall does'nt try to imatate people like DMX, Nelly, Ja Rule, Redman, P.Diddy, Method Man, Coolio, Tupac R.I.P EXE. You get the point so here's a list of the songs on the album and my rating for each on.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's offishall, this album is hot! March 4 2002
Format:Audio CD
Kardinal Offishall may have one of the most weird names in hip-hop, but his debut, Quest for Fire: Firestarter, Vol.1, is far from weird. Producing most of the album himself, this album is musically one of the most innovative works we've heard in a while.
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.
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You will listen to this over and over. It won't leave your CD player. Friends will ask you what it is. Two days later they'll ask you to borrow it. You won't let them. You'll make them go out and buy a tape, and you'll both listen to the whole thing, start to finish, front to back. You'll know all the words by then; when you hear Sister Nancy's "Bam Bam" rhythm on Maxine you'll have to run and change your clothes; "Powerfull" will shock you not just with its message but with the snare drum that kicks bizarrely early. "Bakardi Slang" is a hyper-electro party jam. "Man by Choice" is about not forgetting who you are, and who you decide to be. "Ol Time Killin" is seriously tasty dancehall. "Money Jane" is R&B rave music. Through it all, Kardi's hilarious, political, cocky, and sincere, sometimes all at once. You know how some hiphop albums feel like 3-song EPs that just got a bunch of wack (...) added to it? Your friend will think this is a "best-of". She'll ask you about what other albums Kardi's got. This is it. This is the one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Flow!
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 more
Published on March 24 2006 by Hip-Hop Head
5.0 out of 5 stars You dont know music if you dont own this!
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 more
Published on May 6 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite Canadian Hip Hop Album of 2001!
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 more
Published on Nov. 24 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars best albums i have ever owned
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 more
Published on Oct. 22 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars This cd is crazy.
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 more
Published on July 26 2002 by Jason
5.0 out of 5 stars No words to describe
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 more
Published on June 12 2002 by Lina
4.0 out of 5 stars BANGGIN'
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 more
Published on Jan. 24 2002 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars On the verge
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 more
Published on Nov. 26 2001 by "gaz-l"
5.0 out of 5 stars sweet
this is a hot CD, i first bought it for bakardi slang. But some of his other tracks have outdone it. Read more
Published on Nov. 21 2001
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