Classified Signs to Universal for 2013 Album

Classified Signs to Universal for 2013 Album
East Coast hip-hop staple Classified released his last couple of albums through Sony, and now he has jumped ship from one major label to another. The Nova Scotia rapper also known as Luke Boyd just inked a deal with Universal Music as he prepares to release a new record.

The deal also includes Classified's own imprint, Half Life Records. Classified said in a statement, "I'm looking forward to working with [Universal Music Canada CEO] Randy [Lennox] and the rest of his Universal Music Canada team. I love their passion, energy and enthusiasm towards my music and who I am as an artist."

Lennox added, "Classified is a national music treasure and a leading member of [the] Canadian hip-hop scene. He is one of Canada's greatest MCs and producers and we're delighted that he now calls Universal Music Canada home."

As for Classified's upcoming material, not much is known about it, but a new album is expected in early 2013. The first single will go to radio in November of this year.

When album arrives, it will be the follow-up to 2011's Handshakes and Middle Fingers. Classified's mixtape The Joint Effort dropped earlier this year.