SOURCE: Atlantic Records

Atlantic Records

March 20, 2013 10:55 ET

Classified Signs With Atlantic Records; Award-Winning Canadian Hip-Hop Artist Set to Unleash Acclaimed #1 Album; "Inner Ninja (Feat. David Myles)" to Impact Multi-Format Radio Outlets Nationwide; Single Already a Top 10 Canadian Smash, Earning 2x Platinum Certification; "CLASSIFIED" Arrives in the U.S. This Summer

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Mar 20, 2013) - Atlantic Records has announced its worldwide signing (except Canada) of the acclaimed MC, Classified. The Nova Scotia-based rapper/producer will release his self-titled new album via Atlantic / Halflife Records later this year.

"CLASSIFIED" is heralded by the new single, "Inner Ninja (Feat. David Myles)," which is slated to impact multi-format radio outlets nationwide on March 25th. The track is a 10 hit in Classified's home country, earning 2x platinum certification while dominating Top 40 radio and the upper reaches of the Canadian "Hot 100." "Inner Ninja" is available now on the iTunes Store and can currently be heard at Atlantic Records' official SoundCloud,

Fueled by the breakout success of "Inner Ninja," "CLASSIFIED" exploded to the top of the Canadian Albums Chart upon its initial release earlier this year, marking the first #1 album of Classified's career thus far. Recorded in his own home studio, the album sees Classified crafting a complex musical landscape alight with brass, gospel, and orchestral arrangements. Tracks like "Growing Pains" and "Anything Goes (Feat. Saukrates & Skratch Bastid)" further reveal the MC/producer's knack for extraordinary word play and frank lyrical exploration.

Classified and Halflife Records first arrived on the scene in 1995 and quickly ascended to the upper ranks of Canadian hip hop. A prolific and provocative MC, he earned critical praise and widespread popular success, not to mention an array of top honors, including a pair of MuchMusic Video Awards "MuchVibe Best Rap Video" triumphs (and four total nods) alongside four prestigious Juno Awards nominations.

Classified is currently in midst of a Canadian headline tour. A number of U.S. dates are now in the works -- for updated news and information, please see

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