News in Review Maestro Fresh Wes: Canadian Hip Hop History

News in Review Maestro Fresh Wes: Canadian Hip Hop History

Wes Williams, better known to many as Maestro Fresh Wes, is often called the Godfather of Canadian hip hop. He sprang on to the music scene in 1989 with the release of his song “Let Your Backbone Slide" from debut album Symphony in Effect. It was the first rap single certified Gold in Canada. In 2019, this groundbreaking anthem became the first hip hop song to be inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. Williams, who studied law and political science at Carleton University, not only became a recording artist and producer but an actor, author and motivational speaker. Here, he takes the time to go back to a shopping mall in Scarborough to show us where it all began.

  • 2020
  • 00:11:36
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 02/13/2020
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Edition
January 2020
Subjects
Maestro Fresh-Wes [LCSH] Rap musicians -- Canada -- Biography [LCSH] Rap (Music) -- Canada -- History and criticism [LCSH] Arts -- Study and teaching [LCSH] Music [LCSH]
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Michael Serapio (Host), Andrew Chang (Journalist)
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