20 OCTOBER 2023 (Toronto, ON) – Classified will release his new single “Wonder” on October 27, via HalfLife Records & Big Story Entertainment. Classified’s “Wonder” (which features Nova Scotia singer-songwriter Ian Janes) paints a picture of an individual grappling with personal loss, societal challenges, substance use, and questions about identity and existence. It’s a profound reflection on life, questioning the ‘whys’ and ‘hows’ of reality and trying to find meaning amidst struggles.
“I’ve had a lot of time to think over the years…really any time I’m not on the go my mind is usually racing. I think a lot of people are like that too…just wondering about things,” says Classified. “It’s like when you go to bed at night and all of your thoughts come at once, this is what that song reflects. Thinking about various personal what-ifs, questioning society, wondering why things are the way they are. The things we wonder can feel personal, but really, we aren’t that unique. This song connects my personal thoughts to what everyone else might wonder about too, giving a glimpse into both my life and our shared experiences.”
This track (penned, crafted, and captured by Classified) skillfully illustrates an individual wrestling with intimate sorrow and daily contemplations. It offers a deep introspection on life, inquisitive about the mysteries and mechanics of this world, while endeavouring to unearth significance amidst life’s trials.
Classified, hailed as a “trailblazer” in East Coast hip-hop by the Chronicle Herald, is getting ready to launch his soon-to-be announced new album, which features his recent track “People” (watch the official video HERE). Possessing a remarkable and genuine talent for bridging the gap between performer and audience, he stands as one of Canada’s most esteemed and accomplished rap artists, producers, and songwriters. With an impressive discography of 18 studio albums, Classified has collaborated with some of the hip-hop world’s brightest stars, including Snoop Dogg, Raekwon, Royce da 5’9”, DJ Premier, Joe Budden, Brother Ali, Maestro Fresh Wes, and more. His 2013 self-titled release made waves by debuting at No. 1 on the Canadian Nielsen SoundScan Chart and earning 2x Platinum certification, thanks to over 1 million singles sold. The album boasts two Top 10 singles, “Inner Ninja” featuring David Myles, certified 6x Platinum, and “3 Foot Tall,” certified Platinum.
In 2021, Classified took a new acoustic approach with “Retrospected,” an album that revisited his greatest hits and fan favorites. The success of “Retrospected” transformed into a remarkable 40-date sold-out tour across Canada. Classified’s achievements also extended to the 2023 East Coast Music Awards, where he secured the title of Artist Innovator of the Year. Furthermore, his autobiography, “Off The Beat ‘N Path,” achieved No. 1 status on Amazon’s Pop Biographies chart. With a global streaming count surpassing 250 million, Classified stands as one of Canada’s most influential hip-hop artists. He is a multiple JUNO Award winner and even hosted the 2014 JUNO Awards. In total, he has amassed 30 nominations and 10 wins across the MuchMusic Video Awards, JUNO Awards, and East Coast Music Awards.