Classified Hitch Hikin' Music

Classified Hitch Hikin' Music
Photo: Kelly Clark
Hitch Hikin' Music lacks a big anthem like Boy-Cott-In the Industry’s "The Maritimes,” but as always, Class continues to improve on his long-established formula. The beats are a fluid mix of samples and live instrumentation that are even better than before, while the hooks are a stronger combination of samples, soulful R&B singing, and shout-along rap choruses. Even his oft-criticised lyrics have evolved with multi-syllable rhymes, unique words and creative pronunciation. Class still raps about rap, proclaiming himself a Canadian "Hip Hop Star,” though not a rich one — a topic that he admits on "Cheap Talk,” where he turns the majors off from signing him, and then wonders what he will do when he is no longer rapping in the spotlight on "Fall From Paradise.” Plus, he teams with Canada’s biggest hip-hop legend, Maestro Fresh Wes, to rap about the difficulties of a career in the finicky rap market. But, he also toasts to alcohol with Tash on "Cazual Drinking,” lives one day at a time with brother Mike Boyd on "Live It Up,” ponders a new interest from girls now that he’s married on "See the Truth,” reveals religious tendencies on "Believe It or Not” and constructs a little beat with the innovative "Beatin It.” With Classified yet to stumble on the long road to perfecting the hip-hop album, what's taking the majors so long to pull over and offer dude a ride?

Why did you name the new album Hitch Hikin’ Music?
I’m from a small town and when I first started listening to hip-hop I used to hitchhike a lot. I used to bring my Walkman with me and when you’re walking for kilometres on end with no one else around you, you really zone out on the music and pay attention. That’s how I fell in love with hip-hop — being by myself, walking, and just listening.

How did you come up with the idea for "Beatin It?”
That was an idea I had for a while, to rap about making a beat and make the beat at the same time. I like to do at least one unconventional type of track on my album. It was a lot harder to put together just ’cause I had to plan it all out before anything was recorded. It was the timing more then anything; getting the timing down on when things would come in, and when other things would drop out, etc, but I really like that record and the way the finished product came out. (Halflife)