|Single by Kardinal Offishall|
|from the album Rap Essentials Volume One|
|B-side||"On wid da Show"|
|Genre||Canadian hip hop|
|Label||Knee Deep Records|
|Kardinal Offishall singles chronology|
"Naughty Dread" is a hip-hop song by Kardinal Offishall. Its his debut single, released in 1996 on Knee Deep Records, before being featured on the Rap Essentials Volume One compilation album. The song contains a sample of "Natty Dread" by Bob Marley & The Wailers. It earned him a Juno Award nomination for Best Rap Recording in 1997.
Kardinal wrote the song during a high school class. He recalled, "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'." Kardinal recorded the song later that day.
The song blends dancehall with hip-hop, and at the time, it didn't sound like anything else. It received airplay at Canadian campus radio stations, as well as some in the US. In December 1996, Kardinal signed a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music Canada, after one of the company's creative managers heard the song.
- "Naughty Dread" (Eglinton West Clean Mix)
- "Naughty Dread" (Eglinton West Mix)
- "Naughty Dread" (Eglinton West Instrumental)
- "On wid da Show" (Clean Mix) (featuring Saukrates, Jaden, and Mali)
- "On wid da Show" (Instrumental)
- "Naughty Dread" (Remix) (featuring Marvel and Ms. Nici)
- Kardinal Offishall - Session Transcript Red Bull Music Academy. Accessed on January 9, 2009.
- Kardinal Offishall making waves JAM! Music. Accessed on January 9, 2009.
- School daze develops into Naughty Dread JAM! Music. Accessed on January 9, 2009.
- Rapper moves to his own beat JAM! Music. Accessed on January 9, 2009.