Straight out of Toranno, it’s more than sex appeal, it’s Jamaican funk.

A little break from Itiopia to make a little space for Toronto’s own Kardinal Offishall. He’s got a new video out this week.

Thanks to @ddacks1 for the RT update. Sure, it’s a catchy throwback hip hop track that reminds this listener of Q-Tip’s 2008 track “Getting Up”. It’s catchy and pleasant, but it’s disappointing for those of us who fell in love with Mr. Kardinal as a result of this particular tune (love the video courtesy of the always terrific Little X):
Lots of folks, academic and otherwise, make the connections between Jamaica-New York/Reggae-hip hop, but along me to present the fact that artists like Dream Warriors, Mishi Mee, L.A. Luv, Wio K, Lindo P and Kardinal made and still make the argument quite evident in their tunes. Jamaica and Jamaican music is alive and kicking throughout Toronto hip hop: namechecked and riddim driven.

p.s. Can’t resist-only wish there was a higher quality version of this bit of archive footage. One of my all time favourite TV shows-The New Music-takes a trip to Jamaica with Michie Mee to record with Pinchers. It also features Michie Mee and L.A. Luv performing at Sting ’89.


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  1. Pingback: I may live in Mtl, but there’s still a big place in my heart for Toranno. | Soundclash

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