Kardinal Offishall Talks 'Fire & Glory'

Toronto, Canada

rapper Kardinal Offishall is preparing his second official release, Fire

& Glory.

The rapper recently parted ways with his former label, MCA and

will release the album through a unique, Canada only deal with Virgin, EMI.

Offishall released Firestarter Vol.1: Quest for Fire for MCA,

which produced two hits, “Bakardi Slang" and "Ol’ Time

Killin’” and earned a gold certification in Canada.

Fans anticipated

the follow up to Quest for Fire, originally titled Firestarter

Volume 2: The F Word Theory.

Music industry

business saw MCA absorbed into Geffen in 2003, just as Offishall prepared to

release the album. In the interim, he kept fans hungry with the release of his

mixtape side-project, Kill Blodclot Bill.

“I learned not to ever get wrapped up in a deal like that

again,” Offishall told AllHipHop.com. “I’m not gonna get locked

down with one particular label unless I feel that s**t is right.”

Offishall said his latest batch of material reflected a more

mature mindset due to his travels abroad. The rapper has been in various cities

in the United States, as well as Europe, Japan and his native country, Canada.

“I’m trying to make music that heads feel and understand,”

Offishall said. “You just can’t bring your music to the block. I

want to take it to the world. That’s the only way to penetrate and bring

the world together. That’s what I’m about.”

The rapper is currently

negotiating a deal for the 2006 worldwide release of Fire & Glory,

which features Vybz Kartel, Spragga Benz, Busta Rhymes and Akon, as well as

production by Jake One, Nottz, Akon, Solitair and Cipha Sounds.