By Keith Sharp
When Classified (aka Luke Boyd) launches his 27-date Canadian Class Tour October 11th at Kingston Ontario’s Ale House he will be accompanied by two fellow rap artists whom he grew up idolizing and later touring with; namely Maestro Fresh Wes and Choclair.
Touring in support of his recently released “Tomorrow Could Be The Day Things Change” album which features seven more tracks than his six-track July EP Release “Tomorrow Could Be The Day”, the Enfield Nova Scotia native pays homage to the history of Canadian Rap Music by appearing with two artists who trail blazed the development of R&B hip hop long before the likes of Drake and The Weekend established themselves internationally.
“Choclair and Maestro Fresh are people I listened to growing up even before there was Canadian hip hop,” revealed Classified on the phone from his Enfield Nova Scotia Studio (located just north of Halifax Airport). “Maestro was the first Canadian rapper to score a hit with his “Let Your Backbone Slide” hit in 1988 and Choclair was the first Canadian rapper to score an international record label when he signed with Virgin in 1999, he was one of the first guys I toured with.”
For someone who released his debut album (Time’s Up Kid) in 1995, it’s hard to believe that Classified’s latest album is his 16th release recorded over a span of 23 years. Yet he believes that it’s been time well spent as he developed his recording apprenticeship operating his own label (Half Life Records) and learning the industry as he developed his craft. “It’s pretty amazing where I came from, I’ve been touring this country for like 15 years, I’m still in my little room in Enfield with my drum machine, doing my rap songs. Occasionally I see that I’ve made somebody’s top 5 list and I find that pretty amazing. It’s like wow! I’m in that circle now.”
Classified’s first breakthrough came in 2006 when his “Boy-Cott – In The Industry” release was nominated for a Juno Award and won a MuchMusic Award for Top Rap Album. He went one stage further when his 2013 “Classified” album (fueled by a hit single, “Inner Ninja”) won the Juno for Top Rap Recording leading to him co-hosting the 2014 Juno Awards in Winnipeg with Serena Ryder and Johnny Reid. With a total of eight MuchMusic , East Coast Music Awards and Juno Awards to his credit, Classified has connected with his audience by writing lyrics which are both topical and timely....read more
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Courtesy of The Music Express