Kardinal Offishall Cardinal Official, Cardinal Ofishall, K. Offishall, Kardanal Official, Kardanal Offishall, KardinalCanadian rapper and record producer, born May 12, 1976 in Scarborough, Ontario, in Toronto's east end, and raised by Jamaican immigrant parents. He later settled in the Oakwood-Vaughan neighbourhood of York, Ontario, in Toronto's west end. He started rapping at the age of eight and was winning competitions by the time he was 12. Also at the age of 12, he performed live and on stage for the first time, with Nelson Mandela in attendance during Mandela's first visit to Toronto. By 1993, he decided to change his alias "KoolAid", and went by the moniker "Kardinal Offishall" after being inspired by the great 17th century French politician Cardinal Richelieu. He is often credited as Canada's "hip-hop ambassador", and is best known for his distinctive reggae and dancehall-influenced style of hip-hop. Kardinal was signed to a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music Canada at the age of 20. In 1996, he released his first single "Naughty Dread", which was featured on the "Rap Essentials Volume One" compilation and earned him a Juno Award nomination for Best Rap Recording. In 1997, Kardinal released his debut album Eye & I on Capitol Hill Music. The only single from the album, "On Wit Da Show", had considerable video play on MuchMusic, and inn 1998, he was featured on the Juno-winning single "Northern Touch" with the Rascalz, Choclair, Checkmate and Thrust.
Keri Hilson Hilson, K Hilson, K. Hilson, K. Hilton, K. Lynn Hilson, K.HilsonBorn: October 27, 1982, Atlanta, Georgia Born and raised in Decatur, Georgia, Keri Hilson began writing her own music before the age of 12. As a writer, she was mentored under producer Anthony Dent. It was he who produced Keri's first writing debut "Jump" for a female artist on Sony Japan. After catching the eye of acclaimed producer Timbaland, then with Polow's orchestration, singer/songwriter Keri Hilson signed to Interscope Records in early 2005. Since then, Keri has been establishing her signature as an R&B, hip-hop writer and artist, gaining respect and spreading a buzz throughout the music community. She is credited for writing for The Pussycat Dolls, Usher, Danity Kane, Mary J. Blige, Omarion, Ciara, Chris Brown and many other artists... She will release her debut album on Timbaland's joint-venture label, Mosley Music Group (MMG).