Band of the Day

2013.04.03

Classified

One of Canada's most prominent independent hip hop artists makes chart-topping hits
I live away the day while you’re playing your charades. I could weather out the storm, so rain on my parade (I’m used to it anyway).
lyrics from Unusual

Classified (whose real name is Luke Boyd) got his start in Enfield, Nova Scotia, launching Half Life Records to release his self-produced first album Time’s Up, Kid in 1995. A steady stream of ambitious albums and frenetic touring (including shows with Snoop Dog, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes,The Game, Nelly, and Nas) followed, eventually landing him national distribution through Toronto’s URBNET Records in 2004, for his seminal release Trial & Error, one of the top selling Canadian rap albums that year.

Its 2006 follow-up, Boy-Cott-In the Industry reached #46 on Soundscan’s Canadian Hip Hop chart, spawning four Top 20 hits on MTV Canada and MuchMusic and earning him his first of many Juno Award nominations. Energized by the success, Classified released his Hitch Hikin’ Music in 2007 and Self Explanatory in 2009, both nominated for Juno Awards in the “Rap Recording of the Year” category.

The latter album debuted at 25 on the Canadian Albums chart and spawned the single “Anybody Listening” which peaked at #52 on the Canadian Hot 100, a chart position he would then top in 2010 with the #14 platinum-selling single “Oh… Canada”.

In 2011, Classified released his fourteenth album (though it was just his second major studio album), Handshakes and Middle Fingers. It debuted at #7 on the Canadian Albums Chart.

2013 sees the release of his fifteenth, self-titled album, which debuted at #1 on the Canadian Albums Chart. The album's first single, "Inner Ninja," was his first top ten hit and highest charting song to date, and has been certified Gold in digital downloads by the CRIA.