JUNO Award-winning rapper on Homburg stage
April 27 & 28
JUNO Award-winner, Classified, is coming to the Homburg Theatre April 27 and 28 at 7:30 pm with a show that promises to be a completely different experience for his die-hard fans and music lovers alike. An experience he hopes will inspire people to create change and understand more the transformative power of music. Classified will be joined with his partner in crime, Nova Scotia artist, David Myles.
Classified, also known as Luke Boyd, has long been making waves at home and abroad with his trademark style and sound. With each release, the rapper-producer elevates his game by sharpening word play, experimenting with new sounds, and perfecting his flow. Recently he dropped a new single online called “Powerless,” which he says is the most important song he has ever written.
“It’s a song about women who were ever put into a position where they felt powerless,” says Classified, “The song’s inspiration came to me when I heard about a case last year of a Canadian girl who was raped and kidnapped. The accused served less than two years of a five year sentence.”
The father of three young girls, Classified was enraged at the details of the case and took to Facebook to express his concerns. “The amount of messages that I received from my post from other young ladies who said they went through the same thing, with the accused getting short sentences, was crazy. It really opened my eyes.”
He was half way done writing “Powerless” when one night in Halifax he met a young indigenous woman. She encouraged him to consider writing about the issue of missing indigenous women in Canada. He admits that he never paid much attention to the issue, but growing up surrounded by Indigenous culture, Classified felt a personal connection to her story and knew that night he had to write the second verse of “Powerless” about this issue. “These issues have a profound effect on our society and people need to start paying attention to what [is] going on around them.”
Classified will play “Powerless” in this show, with just him, a drum machine, and a guitar player on stage.
“The show is going to be like a song writer’s circle where we’ll play stripped down versions of my hit songs and explain to the audience my song writing process,” explains Classified. He ends by saying, “I’ve been playing the energetic rap shows for over 15 years, so it’s nice take a break and do this type of show where I get to share my passion for songwriting with music lovers.”