Kardinal Offishall doesn’t hate Drake, he just doesn’t want to talk about him
Kardinal Offishall, once Toronto’s ambassador to the world of hip hop with his 2001 single “BaKardi Slang,” wherein he enumerates the idiosyncrasies of our city’s particular dialect, isn’t jealous of hip-hop it boy Drake, and he wishes people would stop thinking that he was. It’s not that he and Drake are at odds with each other because one is massively famous and the other less so; it’s just that they are different, mainly in the sense that one is massively famous and the other less so.
As Kardinal so eloquently told Vibe:
I remember when [Funkmaster] Flex one time said I was the only thing coming from Toronto, and I said, “Nah, there’s a lot of MCs” and he was like “Nah.” Then the next year Drake got his buzz out. It’s one of those things that’s whatever. I’m into the music. I don’t really care about who gets credit, who’s the best. I’ve always been in this game to outdo myself. As long as things don’t stop me from getting my paper, then I’m good. Right about now, music has turned into a real tabloid. Shit don’t really make sense.
Kardinal also says that the fake rivalry is no good for Toronto. We have to disagree. Fake rivalries keep the city interesting: Queen East vs. Queen West, Rick Campanelli vs. Ben Mulroney, and Drake vs. Kardinal.
• Kardinal Offishall wants you to stop comparing him to Drake [Vibe]
8 thoughts on “Kardinal Offishall doesn’t hate Drake, he just doesn’t want to talk about him”
Everyone KNOWS that Drake may be pretty, but Kardi would tear him up in a battle.
I second that!
I love you Kardi!!
Kardi was rippin’ on beat tapes when Drake was wheelin’ around on Degrassi. Drake may be famous, but Kardi runs the underground leaving wannabe MCs nameless. If these two stepped on stage in a battle, the only thing Drake would be doing is singing the hook to his own MC eulogy.
thing is, I think Drake knows this. He’s never disrespected Kardi.
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i love kardi cuz he reps toronto cuz he loves it..drake only talks about toronto when it benefits him..i hear a lot of drake interviews and I’m like o_O..that dude never used to talk like that before..now he’s talking and rapping like he;s from the states!
If you look at the majority of successful hip hop artist they all have a certain style that’s different from each other but at the same time, very similar. Meaning, all americans have the voice/flow. Than you listen to Canadian rappers and as soon as you hear the verse/beat, automatically know it’s canadian.. Sounds canadian and it is something that us as listeners are not accustomed to, so we downgrade the music.
With saying that, in order for drake to actually gain his buzz and street cred – he would have to change his whole rap style to a more Americanized type and accepted rap style. Which is the only way he could have made it to where he is right now..
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