White emcees have been fighting an uphill battle for quite some time, viewed by many as nothing more than a novelty act (see Vanilla Ice, or Organized Rhyme) no matter what their upbringing was. It wasn’t until an unknown rapper brokeoutof Detroit thatwhiterappers/emceeswere truly taken seriously in the hip-hop community south of the border. Meanwhile, back in the Maritimes a hip-hop scene was just beginning to take shape around a talented emcee who hailed from the most unlikely of places in Enfield, Nova Scotia. Few people realize that Luke “Classified” Boyd has been making music long before “The Maritimes” or “It’s Hard to Be Hip-Hop” began to grace the airwaves at MuchMusic. While You Were Sleeping is a re-introduction of sorts to Classified and his early work (1995 to Present) and it is refreshing to note that the aforementioned singles are rather weak in comparison to tracks such as “Fall From Paradise”, “Shit Can Be Shit” and “Life’s A Bitch”. Unfortunately, the rest of the country is beginning to discover what the Maritimes have known for a few years now, Classified is one of the hottest hip-hop commodities in Canada.
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A proud and over-caffeinated husband, father, runner and writer. I've written for the local weekly The Coast for over a decade and have since taken to creating and writing for HAFILAX for even longer. I hope you enjoy the musings of a guy who has loved music for the better part of 4 decades, and has an album of concert tickets to show for it.