Naughty Dread

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"Naughty Dread"
Naughty Dread.jpg
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"
"On wit da Show"

"Naughty Dread" is a hip-hop song by Kardinal Offishall. It is 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]


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]


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


  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)


  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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