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    Kardinal Offishall

    Years active: 1996 - present Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

    Depending on which Kardinal Offishall song you're listening to, you would be forgiven for thinking that the rapper and producer is a dancehall artist from Jamaica or a Flo Rida-esque pop rapper from America. This potential for confusion is testament not just to Jason Harrow's Jamaican descent, but to his extreme versatility in the studio, which explains how he has managed to have a pretty corny Billboard 100 top 5 hit ("Dangerous," featuring Akon) but also remained critically respected.

    Having released music with MCA and Geffen, and worked with hip-hop stalwarts like The Clipse and Boi-1da, Kardinal is one of Canada's most successful exports, and, prior to Drake, somewhat of an ambassador for glossy Canadian hip-hop.