Yesterday (June 7), an acoustic version of Classified’s song “Powerless” was released in support of the IWK Sea Star Centre in Halifax Nova Scotia. The Sea Star Centre supports children that have been victims of abuse or trauma. The video features an all-star cast of musicians including David Myles, Joel Plaskett, Rose Cousins, Neon Dreams, Breagh MacKinnon (Port Cities), Elijah Will, Mo Kenney, and many more rallying to raise awareness for this cause.
The Juno award-winning rapper called upon his fellow Nova Scotian artists to assist, and the group came together in late April at The Sonic Temple to produce an acoustic video for the track.
The song will be featured on Classified’s upcoming EP Tomorrow Could Be…, to be released June 29 on his label, Half Life Records. The acoustic version neatly juxtaposes his fluent rhyming with vocal turns by Myles and MacKinnon, with a mass of supporting voices driving home the message later in the song.
"Powerless" is, in fact, incredibly powerful. Classified (Luke Boyd) has poured his heart and soul into the track, one delivered with intense conviction. He explains late in the video clip that "people shared their stories with me. I never realised the amount of people affected by abuse." His lyrics eloquently address abuse, the plight of missing indigenous women and children, and faults in the legal system regarding these issues.
At one point, Boyd laments "I wish I could do more than write a song," but he is perhaps underestimating the impact a song like this can have.
For more information about SeaStar, visit here