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Quest for Fire: Firestarter 1 [Explicit Lyrics]

Kardinal OffishallAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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listen  2. BaKardi Slang 4:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Mic T.H.U.G.S. 3:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  6. Money Jane 6:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Man By Choice 4:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Maxine 4:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. U R Ghetto 2002 4:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Quest For Fire 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Powerfulll 5:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen13. Gotta Get It 4:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen15. Go Ahead Den 3:58$0.69  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 20, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B00005J9U6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,620 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

There's a refreshing sense of originality to Kardinal Offishall's approach to hip-hop. 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's come to define Canadian hip-hop. --Matt Galloway

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Kardinal Offishal ~ Quest For Fire: Firestarter 1

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Josh
Format:Audio CD
I find it quite AMUSING when rappers like Lil' Kim and Missy try sing with Jamaican Slang. (They probably need coaching for weeks just to get one phrase :)... but they get an A+ for effort, hehe
It was just a matter of time before the hip hop world discovered Reggae and West Indian culture, just like it has assimilated Spanish and Latino, especially with regards to verbal slang. Particularly, the dancehall reggae world must look exotic, rough and menacing to the uninitiated - a perfect candidate for hip hop to squeeze into it's mold
GOOD thing Kardinal (a man with a REAL Carribean background) came to set the record straight, and show that the Multicultural T-DOT is the ORIGINATOR of mixing these two worlds without loosing the essence of either.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kardinal Offishall: Quest For Fire: Vol.1 Firestarter September 30, 2002
A Kid's Review
Format:Audio CD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Hip-Hop Release By Canada's On Kardinal May 24, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Tight flows, tight tracks and lyrics....... yeah I'm all for that. Kardinal first was introduced to me on the Tony Touch mix-tape #61 "Comin' Of Da Storm" featuring the track "Mic THUGS" (one of my favorite tracks on the CD). Representing T-D.O.T., Kardinal and Choclair add a new style and twist to the hip-hop game. If this one doesn't hit big on radio, underground should appreciate the realness this CD offers. Sorry, no bling-blinging on this one. For real hip-hop heads only. Favorite tracks: Bakardi Slang, Maxine, Quest For Fire, Powerfull, Go Ahead Den..... cop this CD fast!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Representing the T. Dot May 22, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Kardinal has true Toronto sounds. He has a perfect mix of reggae and hip-hop(mostly hip-hop) that sounds real unlike other artists who try to sing with a reggae tongue. Barkardi Slang has all the slang you need for Canadian hip-hop communities, not to mention its smooth melody and beat. All the songs on this album are alright with nice beats. Look out for Fire Starter vol. 2, because vol. 1 is "off-the-hook."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This cd is crazy. July 26, 2002
By Jason
Format:Audio CD
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. Kardinal Offishall who I saw on BET and liked his Bakardi Slang and then saw Ol' Time Killin. After that song, I had to pick this album up and let me tell you I was not mad about going down to the record store and picking this one up. Kardinal even did a underground remix with Busta that's hot too. Kardinal's on the rise up and he's taking his whole city with him. I look forward to firestarter vol. 2 and just would recommend this album up there with the likes of Jay-Z's the Blueprint and Nas' Stillmatic. It's that good. You haven't heard nothing like it. Kardinal's bout to blow up as well as the T-Dot (Toronto).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, original effort for Kardinal May 22, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I had bought this cd entirely based on all the buzz I had heard about Kardinal. I hadn't heard any of the tracks, but thought that I would take a chance. To say I was not disappointed is an understatement. So much of the subject matter in hip hop today is designer labels, money, and misogyny. Kardinal's positive approach is different, and his blend of West Indian, American, and Canadian influences is a refreshing change. Standout tracks on this album are Husslin (rap over a hiphop beat with a dancehall bass-line), Maxine (pure dancehall), Bakardi Slang, U R Ghetto (hilarious), and On wit tha Show. He represents the T.O. and is an exciting voice in hip hop today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You dont know music if you dont own this! May 6, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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 ever buy. Im not gonna go compare Kardinal to Tupac or DMX yet but 3 years from now I figure everyone will be, got this CD the day it came out and just decided to write the review now, its that good that 2 years later its still in my CD changer. If you want fresh beats, original lyrics, a new style the likes of which you probably havent heard, then you gotta own this
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite Canadian Hip Hop Album of 2001! November 24, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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! Get it if you like Dancehall and Reggae Style Rap! Canada is well represented on the map with this album!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars criminally underrated
Not all of the tracks are good but most are and there aren't any that are
unbelievable !!
but Kardi is a very solid MC with a good voice and flows. Read more
Published on March 28, 2012 by deeznuts
3.0 out of 5 stars Just Ok
There were 3 or 4 good songs on this album so unless your buying a used one for $5 don't waste your money.
Published on March 23, 2009 by R. Avila
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent CD, a little disappointing
I downloaded this CD back in 02, I had the best tracks on one of my mixed cd's. I was listening to it and decided to buy the whole CD! Read more
Published on May 17, 2007 by A. Hopovac
5.0 out of 5 stars Canadian Legend
Kardinal is a living legend in Canada. I don't know why he don't more respect and fame in the US. You guys are sleeping on a dope emcee. This album is a classic
Published on December 29, 2005 by -BC-
4.0 out of 5 stars Gotta get it'
Kardinal killz it up & down with his Bakardi slang!!! Head noddin production, ILL RAPS. "Its jus an ol' time killin'" Add to your collection today.
Published on August 12, 2005 by Jimmy Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Genius
-_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... Read more
Published on September 10, 2003 by Matthew Pratt
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 October 22, 2002
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 It's offishall, this album is hot!
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. Read more
Published on March 4, 2002 by E.J. Rupert
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