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Classified

Whether signed or unsigned, award-winning Canadian hip-hop artist Classified never abandoned his ethos of working hard. The Nova Scotian MC, whose real name is Luke Boyd, steadily built his career from the independent circuit on up to national prominence, developing into a highly respected MC and desired producer. By his ninth studio album, Trial & Error (2003), this average guy from the rap-deficient Maritimes (including New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia) informally became the representative for hip-hop on Canada's Atlantic coast.

Boyd fell in love with hip-hop music listening to tapes of KRS-One, the Beastie Boys, and Naughty by Nature that he randomly picked up while he used to hitchhike around his hometown of Enfield, Nova Scotia. Around the age of 15, he used to mess around with his father's band and sound equipment and soon began writing rhymes. The small rural town of Enfield was not befitting of a rap music career, and thus, Classified situated himself in the more urban setting of adjacent Halifax. Still in his late teens, he founded HalfLife Records and released his first full-length, Times Up, in 1995. With the help of Halifax turntablist DJ Jorun, who gave him producing tips, Classified delivered a string of independent albums and singles from the mid- to late '90s. He landed production gigs for other up-and-coming rappers out of Halifax and was able to attain opening-act spots for more established Canadian artists like Saukrates, the Rascalz, and Choclair. But, it was his first vinyl 12" single, "Touch of Class," that earned him some national recognition and rotation on college radio, not to mention a nomination for Urban Recording of the Year by the East Coast Music Awards in 2000. That same year, Classified attained national distribution for his seventh studio album, Unpredictable. Receiving a VideoFACT grant from the MuchMusic network, he put together his first professional music video for the album's title cut, which secured two nominations from the Urban Music Association of Canada.

At this point, Classified was becoming Canada's flagship rap newcomer, despite being over five years deep in the business. After his 2001 LP, Union Dues, he was given by his employer the option of either moving to Newfoundland or being laid off. He chose the latter, deciding to pursue rap full-time. He was very apprehensive at first (especially when his unemployment ran out), but it proved to be a wise decision as he signed a deal with the Toronto-based UrbNet Records through his HalfLife imprint. His first effort, Trial & Error, was one of 2003's best-selling independent hip-hop albums. UrbNet even re-released the Union Dues LP the following year to ride on the success of Trial & Error.

On his continuous climb to hip-hop fame, the single "The Maritimes," from 2005's Boy-Cott-In the Industry, awarded the MC another wave of press even greater than before. Featuring guest appearances from Royce da 5'9", Choclair, and his little brother Mic Boyd, Boy-Cott-In the Industry received the East Coast Music Award for Rap Recording of the Year and was nominated for Canada's coveted Juno Award in the same category. Hitch Hikin' Music, a nod to the days of his youth, was also nominated for a Juno Award following its release in 2006. The caliber of the collaborators on the album, which included Tash of Tha Alkaholiks and Canadian rap pioneer Maestro Fresh-Wes, was a strong indicator of Classified's prestige. ~ Cyril Cordor, Rovi
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Greetings from Oz... pretty cold here at the moment... hows Canada? =p
REEEEEEEEEEE E E E E E E E E H ! ! ! (thats my sound haha)
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This song would be better if it was a girl singing instead of a kid in the chorus. Still good tho
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This comment is classified!
>.~>.~>.~ G1O2O3D S4T5U6F6F B7U8D9D10Y!! !
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:))
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bobbyhillbud
Dude I wish I could thumbs up this more than once
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Bro this is James Gutierrez the Son of Man, the one who found out Jesus actually was black and me a descendent of only has a sliver but through you and brother Ali and a few others no fence for not naming him because there's really too many to name but you guys may the God in me come out and remember who I am and I love you and I thank you for doing that. Nobody else in the world literally the world would ever do that for me they only tried to discourage me and if succeeded for 13 years apologiz
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richardander t o n
Outstanding Talent from afar off land!
You go Boy, your amazing!
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With you're choices for inspiration you guys got it made. I hear their influences.. y o u f#!n rock,! Love your humor
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Funky bananas...
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Follow me for a follow back
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Great song, audio biography!
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Best canadian rapper
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(X
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Atmosphere is still considered underground?
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Class you are amazing
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*hugs cinimini* we all alone in dis world
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s**t im alone and feeling 3 foot tall
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I love how there is some rappers that dont only talk about drugs,party, t w e r k i n g , a n d how rich they are but Classified is still true too real rap
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Luv dat beat dope song
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kemperjolly
I love 3 Foot Tall so much
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Nice
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charliehero
:)
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Classified is #1 in Canada :)
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classified is fucken awesome
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Lets all move to Canada
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biggims17
F**k Drake

www.reverbna t i o n . c o m / o p t i m i s t t h e k i n g
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who cares about drake... t-_-t
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He was in the category of good if only on a track with certain emcees ( Little Brother, Nickelus F) if not well he was as good as he is today which is not good.
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@Battlebotgu y 2
NO. Drake was NEVER good, he has always been a p**sy f**got
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Btw Drake used to be good but then he sold out and became s**t
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He has a new self titled album out? Great song I feel this is one of his best bangers.
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What @jongradilla s said ...
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??????
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why don't they have the new album?
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yep i like
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I heard him on madden
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Drake sucks. Classified is the best rapper from Canada.
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ehclwry
I luv a good lyric -- if only people knew what's here in rap for them....than k s -- take care -- luv my outlaw country -- and this rap thing..it's right up there with the best of them -- Thanks for expanding my world -- take care, be well...hcl
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djedsword
doope!!!!
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Just dope
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Its cool trip, if I lived in Canada I'd be a hater too. It's not that you got better music, the U.S. on a whole just loves garbage, gotta look deeper.
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jcrawford.bi z
@ Xxtrippythef l i p p t x X - why is that necessary? fresh is fresh no matter where you live, were born, race, ethnicity, etc. It's all about love. The love of music... The experience of positive and honest expression that we can appreciate and relate to. I may be an optimist in that I know over time we won't have the desire to compare regions and the past vs. present state of Hip-Hop. Be creative and appreciate.. .
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he tight canada got the best haha f**k the U.S
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hip hop at its finest.
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dig it!
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real cool positive and uplifting DOPE;)))
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solid, been listening to this guy for years, found out about it in the napster days :-)
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shlongerjr
It is tough to decide between Classified and Atmosphere as my favorite underground hip hop artists.
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love it
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dekkerwallis
hes tight but canadian rappers?
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