School daze develops into Naughty Dread

ERROL NAZARETH

, Last Updated: 12:24 AM ET

Two summers ago, one Jason Harrow singed the jaded ears of Canada's hiphop nation with a killer reggae-hiphop joint called Naughty Dread.

The jam found a spot on Beat Factory's Rap Essentials Vol. 1 compilation and earned Harrow, popularly known as Kardinal Offishall, a Juno nomination.

"That track's really me," says the hyper rhyme slinger. "I came up with it one day when I was in class. The teacher was talking and I wasn't hearing anything.

"All I was feeling was, 'I have this song to write,' " he recalls.

"I wrote it in the morning, skipped class in the afternoon, and went to the studio later," says Kardinal, who's part of the gifted Scarboro-based Figurez Ov Speech crew. "I just felt it and people received it the way I wrote it.

"They were like, 'Wait a minute, it's different and I can get with it.' "

Joining Kardinal Feb. 12 to celebrate the release of his debut CD, Eye & I, will be Monolith, The Pocket Dwellas, Saukrates, Tara Chase, Afrolistics, Choclair and several deejays including Mastermind, Startin' From Scratch, DJ X, Baby Blue Soundcrew and Sound Quest.


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