The 16th LP from Nova Scotia MC Classified is an epic collection of upbeat, positive jams that take the party to a serious place. Opener “Filthy” is an encouragement anthem, while “No Pressure” (featuring Snoop Dogg) is that backyard jammer that will be coming out of whatever speaker the summer of 2016 is about to embrace. The record is diverse as heck, with “Beautiful Escape” and “Grand Slam” coming out as strong contenders for radio hits, and “Having Kids Is Easy” is hilarious and needs a music video today. “Hoody and a Ballcap” is his CanCon anthem, much more sincere than the time he sampled our national anthem (was that really seven years ago?), while “It’s Hard to Understand” is a “real talk” moment, a candid discussion about illness and poverty. As always, Classified is just out there being honest, and that’s what makes him a great songwriter and performer.