Creatively Boundless

Welcome to the Maritimes – Rogan Grant by ragman922
April 9, 2009, 9:36 pm
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Links to Classified's official site

Though most would consider a majority of modern music to originate from the US and England, I thought that for my first post on Creatively Boundless I would observe the credo and look outside of these regions.  Hailing from the East coast of Canada, the one man rap group “Classified” is slowly removing the social stigmas associated with the region.

DJ Classified, born Luke Boyd, is one of many up and coming rappers from Halifax, and is now a rising star in the Canadian industry.  Classified is a rarity in America, and even if you’ve had the off chance of hearing him, it was not until his ninth album, Trial and Error (2003) that he began to gain notoriety, meaning that you’re unlikely to have heard his earlier work.  A quick listen to “It’s Sickening” off the aforementioned album will have most hooked, and his most recent LP, Hitch Hikin’ Music (2006) is well worth a few iTunes™ downloads.

Classified mentions his only musical influence on iTunes™ as Redman from the mega group “The Wu-Tang Clan,” though even the average listener can observe traces of Eminem in his lyrical presentation, and a 90’s old-school influence in his viral beats (not to be missed.)  The product is a well rounded artist, able to write bar anthems such as “The Maritimes,” as well as soulful rhymes, as with “All About U.”  His most common themes include parodies of the Canadian stereotype, the destruction of the music industry, life in poverty, and his life-long love, sweet Mary Jane.  The mix brings out a few laughs, and its originality is a welcome departure from mainstream rap.

I’m currently at odds with mainstream rap myself, but for even the most lukewarm hip-hop fans, Boyd’s highly original hooks are well worth a play.  Be sure to give a listen to all the previously mentioned songs on YouTube™ as well as any others you come across.  Recommended also are his tracks Heavy Artillery, 5th Element, Gossip, and Hard to Be Hip-Hop Feel free to post your opinions.  Included is his unofficial anthem, “The Maritimes.”


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They’re pretty good but I would never have guessed canadian hip-hop

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