ESPN Music: Classified

Music from ESPN college basketball

December, 10, 2013
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Here's a list of songs from performers featured on ESPN’s College Basketball coverage, along with links to the artists' websites and links for you to download and buy the songs and/or albums:

Blake Shelton: "Small Town Big Time" from the "Based On A True Story" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Fitz and The Tantrums: "Tell Me What Ya Here For" and "Out of My League" from the “More Than Just A Dream” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Max Frost: "Glow Long" from the “Low High Low - EP” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Classified: "Only Say It Cause It’s True" from the “Inner Ninja” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Paramore: "Now" from the “Paramore” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

The Royal Concept: "On Our Way" from the “The Royal Concept" EP. (iTunes | Amazon)

Martin Solveig: "Hey Now" from the “Hey Now” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Saints of Valory: "Long Time Coming" from the “Possibilities” EP.
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Icona Pop: "On A Roll" from the “This Is… Icona Pop” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Switchfoot: "Who We Are" from the “Fading West” album (iTunes | Amazon)

Grouplove: "Ways To Go" from the “Spreading Rumors” album. (iTunes | Amazon

The Unlikely Candidates: "Just Breathe" from the “Follow My Feet" EP. (iTunes | Amazon)

"Only Say It Cause It’s True" from the “Inner Ninja” album
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Junior Prom: "International" and "Big Timer" from the “Junior Prom” EP. (iTunes | Amazon)

October music from ESPN's "First Take"

October, 2, 2013
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Here's a list of songs from performers featured on ESPN’s "First Take," along with links to the artist’s websites and links for you to download and buy the songs and/or albums:

Classified: "Only Say It Cause It’s True" from the “Inner Ninja” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Run-DMC: "You Talk Too Much" from the “Greatest Hits” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Buddy Guy and Kid Rock: "Messin With The Kid" from the “Rhythm & Blues” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

The Wind + The Wave: "Raising Hands, Raising Hell, Raise Em High" not available for sale.

Canadian rapper Classified talks hockey

February, 26, 2013
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ClassifiedClinton Gilders/FilmMagicThe prolific Nova Scotian MC has put out 14 albums over the past 15 years.
Among all of the different music artists on the "Madden NFL 12" soundtrack, only one hails from Canada: Classified.

After more than 15 years in hip-hop, his "Madden" debut was the first time the 35-year-old rapper made waves in the U.S. -- but that's what can happen when you come from Enfield, a small city (population: 24,000) near Halifax, Nova Scotia.

It took 14 albums -- 14! -- for one of Canada's top hip-hop artists to finally cross the border when his song "That Ain't Classy" was featured in the most popular sports video game. In fact, EA Sports liked Classified so much that it included another one of his tracks, "Run With Me," in "NHL 13."

In the past year and a half, Classified has finally turned some heads in the U.S. with a career that began way back in 1995 with the release of his self-produced debut. The rapper's most recent album, "Classified," released last month, features the songs "Familiar," "Inner Ninja" and "Anything Goes."

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Canadian MC is also a huge ice hockey fan who played competitively in high school before music took over. He even had the opportunity to play against one of his idols, Paul Coffey, in a celebrity game.

Speaking with ESPN Playbook recently, Classified talked about fellow Nova Scotian Sidney Crosby, his own sports background and the hip-hop scene in his hometown.

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