Naughty Dread

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"Naughty Dread"
Single by Kardinal Offishall
from the album Rap Essentials Volume One
B-side "On wid da Show"
Released 1996
Format 12" single
Recorded 1996
Genre Canadian hip hop
Length 4:27
Label Knee Deep Records
Writer(s) J. Harrow
Producer(s) Kardinal Offishall
Kardinal Offishall singles chronology
"Naughty Dread"
(1996)
"On wit da Show"
(1997)

"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.[1] It earned him a Juno Award nomination for Best Rap Recording in 1997.[2]

Background[edit]

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'."[3] 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.[4] 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.[2]

Track listing[edit]

12" single[edit]

A-side

  1. "Naughty Dread" (Eglinton West Clean Mix)
  2. "Naughty Dread" (Eglinton West Mix)
  3. "Naughty Dread" (Eglinton West Instrumental)

B-side

  1. "On wid da Show" (Clean Mix) (featuring Saukrates, Jaden, and Mali)
  2. "On wid da Show" (Instrumental)
  3. "Naughty Dread" (Remix) (featuring Marvel and Ms. Nici)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kardinal Offishall - Session Transcript Red Bull Music Academy. Accessed on January 9, 2009.
  2. ^ a b Kardinal Offishall making waves JAM! Music. Accessed on January 9, 2009.
  3. ^ School daze develops into Naughty Dread JAM! Music. Accessed on January 9, 2009.
  4. ^ Rapper moves to his own beat JAM! Music. Accessed on January 9, 2009.

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