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Issue: February 2009

Building Cred

Not 4 Sale (Geffen Records)
Kardinal Offishall

"Dangerous" officially signaled that Kardinal Offishall had crossed the border from his native Canada into States and plans on staying. That single peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, thanks to the combination of Kardinal's steady raps and Akon's catchy chorus

For the most part Not 4 Sale, Kardinal Offishall's first major-label release (and fourth album overall), sustains the quality of his hit single. Kardinal is no dummy; nine of the 15 tracks feature guests artists like T-Pain and Rihanna, artists who bring both street cred and star power to Not 4 Sale.

Kardinal holds his own beside the bigger names, mixing his dance floor beats with Jamaican accent and smooth rhyming. His relentless, bulldog rap on "Going In" is a nice contrast to some of the more hip-hop tracks like "Digital Motown."

If his music continues to be this consistently good, Kardinal Offishall may not need a lot of big-name collaborators to get his voice heard.

Check it out over at www.KardinalOffishall.com.

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