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Chris Classic


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Born in Hempstead, NY, Classic began writing poetry influenced by Shel Silverstein at the age of 8. An eighth grade English class assignment influenced him to write his first rap. This would be his first, because in his Jehovah’s Witness household, rap music and especially the idea of him rapping was not an option. However his success in his school project that required a rap began a cycle of the tough guys wanting to battle him, which caused large cafeteria crowds and increased his popularity in school.

Around the same time his aunt married a rapper who took an interest in him because he could see the hungry artist inside of the skinny, quiet, straight- A student. He purchased a Nas single, “It Aint Hard to Tell” and hid it under his bed. It was found, confiscated and condemned and the situation created quite a big stir in his home and was the catalyst for a rift in the family. His desire for independence and freedom in his love for music caused him to pack his belongings and leave home. He went to his grandmothers house, maintained great grades, started writing songs of his own, drew closer to his new uncle and began the early foundation work for his career.

Hempstead High School and college @ SUNY Buffalo were fun for Classic, who was very popular and often performed at Talent shows and Showcases and parties for fraternities and sororities.


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