Kardinal Offishall Comes To The Defense Of Akon
HipHopDX caught up with Kardinal Offishall, who is signed to Akons Konvict Music label, late today to get his thoughts on TheSmokingGun.coms report that has cast his label leader as nothing more than a savvy con artist who couldnt be more fake.
I thought it was kinda funny, Kardinal said to DX about the report. Because its like, just knowing Kon and just following his career, I dont think he ever based his whole career off of making people think he was in jail for 10 years and selling crack on the side and this, that and the next thing.
While Akon has never suggested he did that kind of time, it has been sufficiently proven by TheSmokingGun.com that he didnt serve the three plus years in the pen he claimed to have in countless interviews, but rather what some consider a more paltry term of five months in the DeKalb, Georgia county jail.
Kardinal insists the amount of time Akon actually spent Locked Up is irrelevant, because contrary to suggestion, Akon and Konvict Music are not in the business of glamorizing going to prison.
He did what [amount of time] he did, said Kardinal, He did his time, but basically the whole Konvict movement has been based on the total opposite [of that], off of staying out of jail. If you look at even the Konvict symbol, its all about breaking the shackles, and you can see the music thats wrapped around it.
Kon is definitely a dude thats trying to focus on the positive, Kardinal continued, so I mean its kinda hilarious to me [that theres] like a expose [on him]. Its not like hes [Young] Jeezy or somebody whos claiming some crazy shit.
Some may argue that indeed Akon had made claims of doing some crazy shit, but Kardinal remains adamant that his fans shouldnt care that Akon appears to have been lying about the length of his bid.
It shouldnt matter at all, said Kardinal. No matter what jail time he did, anybody thats really been to jail knows that it aint the place to go. It aint like we talking about he was going on vacation somewhere, were talking about jail. All my niggas that I know thats been to jail [know] its not the place to be. I aint never been to jail, and I aint trying to go. So whether he was there for a few months, or whatever the scenario [was], he did his time and let the nigga live.
Kardinals Konvict Music/Interscope Records debut album, Not 4 Sale, is due in June. The albums first single, Dangerous, featuring Akon, is available for sale right now on iTunes.