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Monday, May 02 2011 | 14:11 Buy this now at GoodToGo (B2B)

Luke Boyd, better known as the acclaimed Canadian rapper Classified, is preparing the release of his masterfully executed new album “Handshakes And Middlefingers” through New York’s emerging hip-hop powerhouse Decon, marking the first proper US release of his 16 year career. Further elaborating on his already prolific back catalog, the new fifteen-song collection ruminates on themes of balance, addressing the ups and downs and continuing changes of his life and career.

Classified 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”.

www.deconrecords.com

Tracklisting:

01. (Intro) Up And Down
02. That Ain’t Classy
03. High Maintenance
04. Unusual feat. Joe Budden
05. Danger Bay
06. Run With Me
07. The Day Doesn’t Die
08. OldSoul
09. Passion
10. They Don’t Know feat. Mike Boyd And White Mic
11. Step, Step
12. Stay Cool
13. Give It To You
14. Desensitized
15. The Hangover feat. Kayo & Jim Cuddy from Blue Rodeo

The album ClassifiedHandshakes And Middlefingers” (Black Box / Decon) is going to be released May 13, 2011.

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