Multiple Juno Award-winning Toronto rap icon Kardinal Offishall is globally recognized for spearheading the Toronto hip-hop music scene, as is evidenced by his numerous Toronto-centric hit songs that have been viewed and streamed in the millions. His song “The Anthem” – which is widely considered to be Toronto’s unofficial pro sports team theme song – which he performed at Game One of the NBA Finals between the Toronto Raptors and the Golden State Warriors (and was recently commissioned to remix last week by U.S-based ESPN, the worldwide leader in sports, as a tribute to the Toronto Raptors NBA Finals run), has taken on a life of its own. And there’s no question that Toronto’s original rap ambassador has been celebrating his city way before this historic Raptors run, and before it became cool and trendy to do so.
This time around, Kardinal takes another run at the crown with his new single “Run” from his forthcoming Pick Your Poison album. “Toronto is alive and coming together in a way that we haven’t seen in decades,” explains the rap legend, whose song “Reaching Through the Darkness” appeared exclusively last year on comedian Dave Chappelle’s Netflix special Equanimity. “Run is a testament to those who have had to fight for much in life, but have never given up. It’s a fusion of different sounds, different eras, and different energies that all make sense to the globe, when heard together. This is Toronto. This is #RUN.”