It is no secret that I am a huge fan of Canadian rapper Classified. Here is an MC that writes his own rhymes and music, and collaborates with other established and up-and-coming Canadian artists. On top of that, his verses are clever, relatable, political, patriotic, pointed and/or joyous, depending on the song. It is just smart music.
What this post is really about is one of Classified's songs in particular, "Inspiration" on Self Explanatory (2009) (click the song title to see the video on youtube). I believe Self Explanatory to be a fabulous concept album. Back to the song - Classified is dedicating this song to a man named Phil who purchased a "beat" from him and passed away before he could see it to fruition. This is just another example of what sets Class apart from your typical rapper.
This relates to what I am doing presently, which is finishing a song for Mario Canonico who recently passed away. I am thinking of calling it "I Remember Mario," with a nod to "I Remember Clifford" - although the only similarity would be the title. It will be premiered at the Newmarket Jazz+ Festival.
Dr. Michael Kearns
Musician, educator, husband, father, web designer ... my life is like a mosaic with each piece vying for my attention.