Our BestFan host Devo got to catch up with rapper and producer Classified! Read below to see what they talked about and discover what Classified is a BestFan of!
Devo – A lot of us are very excited about your new music video “Pay Day.” That being said, I wanted to know if you were able to explain the concept of what “Pay Day” is really all about in your own words?
Classified – The song isn’t me rapping about money, but more about the average person working hard for their money. So we had a lot of different roles and characters that were involved, for example “musicians” and “construction workers” and many more day-to-day hard working people on how they get by in society. So it was a lot of fun actually making the shoot.
Devo – What was the most challenging job to interoperate?
Classified – They weren’t really any hard roles to interoperate, but changing in and out of the costumes was kind of difficult. Also, trying to get comfortable in a disco scene like Michael Jackson, you know what I mean! But I’ve dressed up in past videos differently, but this was definitely a crazy experience.
Devo – Before your major rap career, what was your best “Pay Day” experience?
Classified – When I was at least 19 or 20, I had a computer tech job and that was a really well paying well job! I was like getting paid 45k a year!
Devo – Wow
Classified – Yeah! So when I had that job, I wasn’t looking to buy my first car, but to buy my studio! I just totally went off that first year, so I remember that! But I actually lost my job because they laid me off. I knew that kinda sucked, but then I knew that I had the opportunity to go at this rap thing hard for one year!
Devo – That’s unbelievable. Since your amazing album came out, what has your tour experience been like ?
Classified – Well it feels like we haven’t really stopped! Haha, we’ve been all over Canada, staring in March-April, and also a lot of shows on the States side from June,July and August. Summer time is when your normally have many shows and doing your thing! A lot of festivals happen around that time also. We have a few coming up in October and then we are breaking near December.
Devo – I’ve noticed that you got out of your comfort zone this album. You’ve really brought something different every time to the hip hop genre.
Classified – Yes definitely, I mean I remember an interview with Dr. Dre ten years ago and he was talking about the industry getting a little boring after doing the same thing over and over, cutting, chopping and sampling the same things. I totally understand where he was coming from. You know when you always hear the same thing about people rapping about how dope you are, and how bad you are etc…
I want to be able to bring something new, I mean I will always have the 90’s background vibe but definitely, I want to get out of my comfort zone! You always wanna step out of the box, and I mean people are either gonna love it or hate it
Devo – I agree with you, on that note I wanted to know what you were a BestFan of?
Classified – Anything?
Devo – Yes anything you want!
Classified – Ummm… Edmonton Oilers in 1988, they had the best team! It was the dream team!
Devo – Nice!!! Well thank you so much for giving us the time for interviewing you today! I deeply and truly appreciate it and wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors!
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