Not 4 Sale
Kardinal Offishall
Kon Live - Geffen Records
August 29, 2008

Track list
  1. Burnt feat. Lindo P
  2. Set It Off feat. The Clipse
  3. Dangerous feat. Akon
  4. Digital Motown feat. J. Davey
  5. Gimme Some feat. The Dream
  6. Bad Like We Bad
  7. Numba 1 (Tide Is High) feat. Rihanna
  8. Ill Eagle Alien
  9. Nina
  10. Go Home With You feat. T-Pain
  11. Going In
  12. Bring The Fire Out
  13. Family Tree (Still Eyerize) feat. Glenn Lewis
  14. Due Me A Favour feat. Estelle
  15. Lighter!
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
Toronto's hip hop and dancehall icon Kardinal Offishall releases his (already 4th) studioalbum "Not 4 Sale" as his first album for Kon Live Records, the label of chart topping Senegal-born Akon, following the release of the strong "Dangerous (EP)" this is the hip hop / dancehall hybrid of Toronto's Black Jays' main artist 32 year old Jason Harrow a.k.a. Kardinal Offishall at full album length. The album opens with the bassheavy dancehalltune "Burnt" alongside fellow Canadian singer Lindo P followed by the Boi-1da produced hip hop party tune "Set It Off" alongside US rapper The Clipse" and the aforementioned first single of the album "Dangerous" alongside Akon who once more shows he is true master of delivering perfect hooks alongside dancehall artists.

The entertaining "Digital Motown" alongside J-Davey comes before the very nice "Gimme Some" alongside sweet voiced R&B singer The Dream and the excellent selfproduced hardcore dancehall (in Jamaica recorded at Jeremy Harding's 2 Hard Studio) for Kardinal Offishall's own Black Jays label "Bad Like We Bad". Black Chiney's Supa Dups produced the remake of John Holt's often in pop-music covered "Numba 1 (Tide Is High)" alongside Bajan born superstar Rihanna (although the now released single features Keri Hilson instead of Rihanna) and hip hop producer Nottz the great twist on Sting's "Englishman in New York" "Ill Eagle Alien", then Black Chiney's Supa Dups takes production credits again for the irresistably catchy "Nina" across Slim Smith & the Uniques' 'My Conversation'-riddim.

The smooth self-produced "Go Home With You" featuring T Pain is followed by the excellent "Going On" and the fine "Bring The Fire Out". On the again self-produced "Family Tree (Still Eyerize)" Kardinall Offishall is joined by Toronto born and raised singer-songwriter Glenn Lewis and the great duet with UK songstress Estelle - the first artist signed by US soul sensation John Legend to his Homeschool Records label - "Due Me A Favour" produced by Akon himself, the tune that also has the longest of several interludes (that are hidden as outros). The album is closed with "Lighter!", a tune that despite its non-dancehall riddim with a strong R&B and steelpan flavour produced by Boy-1da could still easily set every dancehall dancefloor on fire, a very fine way to close this strong album that is heavily recommended to every dancehall fan who doesn't shy away from hip hop and R&B.