Singled Out: "Rap Is The Flo Ridas, The Crossover Stuff That Just Has Nothing To Do W/ Hip-Hop"

Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 3:50PM

Written by Amber McKynzie for Classified

[SOHH highlights a hot record each Tuesday and offers a unique look at the track in Singled Out. After Kid Named Breezy broke down his "See About Us" music video, Canada rapper Classified explains how his "Anything Goes" record came together.]

["Anything Goes"] was the first song that I did for the album, and the beat was actually a beat that I made a year before I wrote the song but it was a beat that I just loved and I kept for myself. I do a lot of producing for other people too, but that one I was just, No! I'm keeping this.

Rhyme-wise, I wanted it to be just what it says, "anything goes," there wasn't a certain topic. A lot of times I write a song I'll get a topic and I'll stick right to that topic from the start to the end of it, but this one it was just more line-for-line. Like I said, this was the first song I wrote for the album so a lot of the lines were lines that I just came up with from everyday life--just one liners. Then I would go back home and think of another one. Song wise it was more of a lyric song: just come up with punch lines, metaphors and still be myself and represent what I talk about. It was "anything goes." Whatever I wanted to say on that track I just kind of said it.

When we first started making the video we had skateboarders and all these people doing flips randomly. We didn't like how the shot looked so we ended up taking that out. The original part of the video was shot in Toronto, and we shot some extra stuff in Halifax, but it was the whole to just go with the song...eight bars in one location, move to another location and kind of just have little random things happening. Whether it's the monster thing or the hitch hiking thing or feeling at an odd place between a bunch of old people...it was just kind of scene-for-scene and keep it moving. We shot all of the video in a day-and-a-half in Toronto, and then we shot for another three or four hours in Halifax. You might see a lot of cameos in the video.

[There's a line in the song that says "I love hip-hop, but f*ck rap."] I'm like an old school dude. I come from like '90s, raw hip-hop, whatever you want to call it...For me, hip-hop is the cause for the DJ, the MC, it's not just the rap aspect of everything. Rap is the Flo Ridas, the crossover stuff that just has nothing to do with hip-hop, it's just the rap aspect of it. To regular folks, hip-hop is rap, and I think my mind frame is different than the how regular person thinks nowadays.

Classified has been in the game for a minute, and he never sold-out, and never changed who he is. He sees the success of Kardinal and Drake and knows that Canadian hip-hop music is suddenly finding itself in the limelight again. As a member of the rap underground who's fought hard to achieve mainstream notoriety, Classified knows the pressure was on for him to repeat the Self-Explanatory success. With eyes on the musician from all over the world and the stakes rising as his family expands, Classified took to the studio behind his house, smoked something, turned the drums up and told the world how he feels.

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