MAESTRO FRESH-WEST - HIP HOP KARAOKE :: FORTUNE SOUND CLUB
X, Hip-Hop, Live Performance
Fortune Sound Club
147 E Pender St
Vancouver, BC V6A 1T5
Monday June 23rd Fortune Sound & Blueprint LIVE present Hip-Hop Karaoke (HHK) with special guest Maestro Fresh-Wes for his 25th anniversary of Symphony In Effect hosted by Flipout and DJ Seko. Pre-register your songs to firstname.lastname@example.org. $7 presale tickets available here & more event info HERE
Wesley Williams (born March 31, 1968), better known as Maestro and formerly Maestro Fresh-Wes, is a Canadian rapper, record producer, and actor. His pioneering status and outstanding achievements have led to him being referred to as the “Godfather of Canadian hip hop”.
In 1989 he became the first Canadian rapper to have a Top 40 hit, “Let Your Backbone Slide”. As of early 2008, “Let Your Backbone Slide” remained the best-selling Canadian hip hop single of all time, and the only certified gold single in Canadian hip hop history. Eighteen years after its release, Maestro’s debut album, Symphony in Effect (1989), remains the top selling Canadian hip hop album of all time; at 190,000 units sold, it is 10,000 shy of double platinum.
After the success of his 1991 album, The Black Tie Affair, Maestro’s career faltered as he attempted to break into the United States market. However, he returned to the Canadian charts in 1998, with the hit singles “Stick to Your Vision” and “416/905 (T.O. Party Anthem)”.
In 2000, “Ever Since” featured the track “Bustin Loose”, in which Maestro Fresh Wes teamed up with Kardinal Offishall.
In 2005, Maestro covered Lawrence Gowan’s song “A Criminal Mind” (featuring Infinite); Gowan appears in the video and his vocals are sampled on the track. Gowan also performed the song with Maestro at the Canadian Urban Music Awards in 2006.