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Classified Hits the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver (Live) [Review/Photos]

Vancouver, BC – For a place that doesn’t allow ins and outs to accommodate smokers, The Commodore Ballroom was certainly on fire for a sold out Classified concert this past Friday night.

Our boy DJ K-Rec kicked the night off fresh on the 1′s and 2′s and kept things hyphy in between openers Quake and Kayo. Quake, riding off the high of his latest album release, Corrado kicked the night off and warmed up the crowd leaving them wanting more.

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Kayo joined Quake for two songs and then immediately took over the stage on his own. Handling the crowd like a pro, he nearly had the whole crowd from front to back putting their hands together, and singing along to “My Momma Told Me”.

With a crowd that was growing antsy after nearly a half an hour wait, all was forgiven and forgotten when Classified finally hit the stage just a few minutes after 11 o’clock. As a handful of photographers were escorted in single-file behind the barricade, you knew that Class was in session. Accompanied by younger brother and fellow MC, Mic Boyd, the duo had the sold-out show captivated from beginning to end. Not only does the rapper deliver, he puts on a show that without a doubt is one to mark down in the books for a long time to come.

Class was on point with an admirable mixture of many newer and older hits like “That’s What I Do” from most recent self-titled album and tracks from Boy-Cott-In the Industry such as “No Mistakes”, keeping new and old fans in high spirits. Between all the crowd pleasing that was going on, things really got turned up for two lucky fans that were invited on stage to sing “All About You”. Claiming to be ‘just friends’, Classified teased that they’ll probably end up married after the pair held hands and stage dove into the crowd.

After an already memorable night and a more than satisfied audience, Classified was left with only seven minutes left in his set. With no time to waste, he laid down seven songs in seven minutes from the past seven years, including “Heavy Artillery” (Trial and Error), “Up All Night” (Self Explanatory) “5th Element”, and “It’s Just My Opinion” (Boy-Cott-In The Industry) to name a few. It’s said that ‘time is money’ and it can safely be spoken that all in attendance had spent their money quite wisely and got what their time was worth.

Written by Tiffany Jaeger for HipHopCanada

Photography by Jamie Sands for HipHopCanada

Classified in Vancouver

Classified in Vancouver

Classified in Vancouver

Classified in Vancouver

Classified in Vancouver

Classified in Vancouver

Classified in Vancouver

Classified in Vancouver

Classified in Vancouver

Classified in Vancouver

Classified in Vancouver

Classified in Vancouver

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Jamie Sands is a Vancouver-based Photographer who has honed his skills behind the camera as a staff photographer for Abort Magazine and the Photo Editor for HipHopCanada West, shooting top acts in the music industry as well as local Vancouver artists. When he is not shooting live musical acts, Jamie explores other aspects of photography including sports, portraits and street photography. His work can be seen at JSandsPhotography.com.

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