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Classified hip hop

Juno-nominee promotes latest award-winning album in Whistler

Halifax’s leading emcee, Classified (a.k.a. Luke Boyd), winds down his cross-Canada tour of promoting his newest album, Hitch Hikin’ Music , in Whistler Monday, Oct. 16 at Moe Joe’s.

The Juno-Award nominee spins a fresh outlook on Canada’s hip-hop scene with the lead track Find Out, sticking with his undeniable beats and rhymes formula of true school hip hop.

Classified builds on the success of his last album, Boy-Cott-In The Industry, which sold over 10,000 units, won a Best Rap Video MuchMusic Video Award as well as an East Coast Music Award for Rap Recording of the Year and a Rap Recording of the Year nomination at the 2006 Juno Awards.

The rap star began his rhyming career in the early 1990s. He started his own label, HalfLife Records, producing his own tracks as well as other Halifax hard knocks such as Kaspa, Nathan Cruise and Ground Squad.

East Coast Music Awards and Urban Music Association of Canada accolades followed with opening spots for the likes of Saukrates, 112, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Blackmoon, Rascalz, Maestro, Choclair and Swollen Members, among others.

His ninth album, Trial & Error , containing collaborations with Eternia, DL Incognito and Maestro, was one of the highest grossing independent rap albums in Canada in 2003.

With Hitch Hikin’ , his 11 th album, featuring guest MC collaborations with Tash from Tha Liks, Jay Bizzy, Maestro Fresh Wes, Jordan Croucher and J-bru, expect more accolades to follow.

West Coast talents NobodyReally, DJ Rosco and international scratch wizard Mat the Alien will also be on deck for the Classified show along with fellow Hitch Hiking Tour members Jay Bizzy, Jordan Croucher and DJ IV.

Advanced $12 tickets are available at Moe Joe’s, Salomon, The Circle and West Beach. Tickets are otherwise $15 at the door. Doors 9 p.m.