Ol' Time Killin'

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"Ol' Time Killin'"
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Single by Kardinal Offishall featuring Jully Black, Allistair, IRS, and Wio-K
from the album Quest for Fire: Firestarter, Vol. 1
B-side "Maxine"
Released 2001
Format CD single, 12" single
Recorded 2000
Genre Canadian hip hop
Length 4:39
Label MCA Records
Writer(s) J. Harrow, K. Downey, A. Phillips
Producer(s) Mr. Attic
Kardinal Offishall singles chronology
"BaKardi Slang"
"Ol' Time Killin'"
"Belly Dancer"

"Ol' Time Killin'" is a hip-hop song by Kardinal Offishall featuring Jully Black, Allistair, IRS, and Wio-K, released in 2001. Produced by Mr. Attic, it was the second single from his second album Quest for Fire: Firestarter, Vol. 1.[1]


One day after performing at a club in New York City, Kardinal was in his hotel room talking to Saukrates, when he heard an infectious beat coming from downstairs. Saukrates told him that Mr. Attic of Da Grassroots was playing beats in his room, then Kardinal went downstairs to check it out.[2] In an interview, he said:

Attic has these interludes that are the craziest beats you've ever heard, but to him they’re just interludes. Ol' Time Killin' was a 20-second interlude on his beat CD, so I kept hearing this beat coming and I had to write the whole song to that. 'This is not an interlude, this is crazy!'[2]

The featured rappers, Wio-K and IRS (Korry Deez and Black Cat) from Scarborough's Monolith crew, were chosen by Kardinal, because he used to hang out with them, and musically, they were as hyper as he was.[2] In order, Kardinal, Wio-K, and Korry Deez perform the first verse, followed by Black Cat and Kardinal in the second verse, followed by Kardinal, Korry Deez, Wio-K, and Black Cat in the third verse. Jully Black and Allistair sing the chorus and outro.


The song's chorus contains samples from "The MC" by KRS-One, "Murderer" by Barrington Levy, and "Murder She Wrote" by Chaka Demus & Pliers.


The remix features Busta Rhymes.[3]

Part 2

In 2011, Kardinal released "Anywhere (Ol' Time Killin' Part 2)".

Music video[edit]

The music video was shot by Little X, on a $100,000 budget. It used a brand new visual concept which was never seen on TV before.[2] After the video was released, many people in the hip hop industry became a fan of Kardinal, including Pharrell Williams, Clipse, and Pete Rock.[2] The song "Maxine" is featured at the end of the video.

Track listing[edit]

CD single[edit]

  1. "Ol' Time Killin'" (Radio Edit Version)
  2. "Ol' Time Killin'" (Instrumental)
  3. "Money Jane" (Remix)
  4. "Maxine" (Radio Edit Version)
  5. "Maxine" (TV track)
  6. "Ol' Time Killin'" (LP Version)

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
Canadian Singles Chart 32


  1. ^ Toronto Raptor The FADER. Accessed on December 20, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d e Kardinal Offishall - Session Transcript Red Bull Music Academy. Accessed on December 16, 2008.
  3. ^ Kardinal Offishall - Man on Fire Exclaim!. Accessed on December 16, 2008.

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