This Day In Hip Hop and Rap History

This Day In Hip Hop and Rap History

March 31st – Maestro Fresh Wes was born Wesley Williams in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on this day in 1968.

Maestro burst onto the scene straight out of The T-Dot a.k.a. Toronto onto the top of the Canadian and American charts with his classic smash hit “Let Your Backbone Slide” in 1989, knocking out Janet Jackson and Paula Abdul off the top spots in the process.

“Let Your Backbone Slide” was off of Maestro’s debut album “Symphony In Effect” released in 1989 on Attic Records.

“Let Your Backbone Slide” remains the biggest selling Canadian hip-hop single of all time.

“Symphony In Effect” would contain another hit for Maestro called “Drop The Needle”.

Maestro Fresh Wes began his career in music in the late 1980’s as a part of a duo called Vision Crew along with Ebony MC, when he was known as Melody MC.

Vision Crew would open for some of the top international hip-hop acts when they would play Toronto like The Beastie Boys and Public Enemy.

When Vision Crew performed at The 1988 New Music Seminar in New York City, Maestro managed to walk away with a record deal and along with his new DJ LTD and his new name, Maestro Fresh Wes, he proceeded to make Canadian music history.

Maestro has released six more albums since, 1991’s “The Black Tie Affair”, which contained the rock-steady tinged hit “Conductin’ Thangs”, 1992’s “Maestro Zone”, 1994’s “Naaah, Dis Kid Can’t Be From Canada?!!”, 1998’s “Built To Last” and 2000’s “Ever Since”.

Maestro’s most recent album was released in 2013 and is called “Orchestrated Noise” on Fontana North Records.

In 2005, Maestro released the compilation “Urban Landmark 1989 – 2005”, which contained Maestro’s biggest hits as well as six new tracks.

Maestro has also been a mainstay on Canadian television, appearing on various drama series like “Metropia”, “Instant Star”, “Blue Murder”, “The Line”, “Drop The Beat” and “Mr. D”.

Maestro has also appeared on the American series “Platinum”.

He’s also appeared in major motion pictures such as “Get Rich Or Die Tryin’”, “Honey”, “Four Brothers” and “Poor Boy’s Game”.

Maestro has won Juno and Much Music Video Awards as well as several others.

Maestro is one of the most important Canadian hip-hop artists off all-time.