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A nod to a career built in the unforgiving outbacks

Submitted by on January 28, 2013 – 6:49 pmNo Comment

“Fellin’ kinda famous in my hometown/ People hold me up ’cause I hold ’em down/ I never moved away from my family/ And got the same friends since element’ry.” The opening line to the fourth single from Classified’s self-titled new release is proof the humble East Coast rapper is at peace with his place in the game.

Reflective of  a retrospective of sorts, “That’s What I Do” matches much of the material on this, his 15th studio record.  A nod to a career built in the unforgiving underground Canadian outbacks – now on firm ground with major label support – the latest from Class has a look-at-me-now theme behind it that borders on the bragadocious, without ever crossing that line.

Years ago, when Class first signed to Sony and long before his deal with UMG, he told this outlet, asked what he would do if  his first major label deal didn’t work out, “I got the same friends I had since I was in Grade 3; I still live in the same town; I’m close to my family. And we could always put it out independently on Halflife, and go back to the way we did it.”

Class has no doubt stayed true to him and his. Midway through “That’s What I Do,” the veteran Canadian MC sums up his career nicely: “A lot of people make music to make you go forget about life/ I make mine to hopefully help you out and deal with it right… That’s what I do.” Amen.

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