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Rapper Classified releases song to empower those who feel 'powerless'

Last Updated Mar 17, 2018 at 12:20 pm EDT

Canadian rapper Classified has released a new song in support of people who feel powerless, with a focus on women and children who have suffered abuse. Classified, whose real name is Luke Boyd, shoots a video for his song, Oh Canada, from his 2009 album, Self Explanatory, in downtown Halifax on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

HALIFAX – Canadian rapper Classified has released a new song in support of people who feel powerless, with a focus on women and children who have suffered abuse.

The Nova Scotia musician — whose real name is Luke Boyd — says the song, titled “Powerless,” is drawn from the experiences of multiple people who have reached out to him.

He says the inspiration for the song first came from a letter he received from a young girl in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Boyd says she called him her hero after he blasted a judge on Facebook for handing a man from St. John’s, N.L., a five-year sentence for sexually assaulting the girl when she was 11 years old.

The rapper says the song acknowledges the difficulty of coming forward after abuse.

His song also highlights the struggles and injustices that Indigenous people in Canada face, including the ongoing discussion about missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

(Global News)