Wes Williams aka Maestro Fresh-Wes is considered the Godfather of Canadian hip hop. In 1989, he became the first Canadian rapper to have a Top 40 hit with ‘Let Your Backbone Slide’. He was the first Canadian rap artist to have gold andplatinum certified albums. Following his first record deal, Williams went on tourwith Public Enemy.
In November 2017, Williams will make his global debut as a TedX speaker and drop a new album titled ‘Coach Fresh’. ‘Coach Fresh’ focuses on social commentary around fatherhood, getting older, and being a leader.
Fellow Canadian rapper, Drake, credits Williams for giving him confidence as a Canadian hip hop artist. Drake also cites Williams’ song ‘416 to the 905’ as beingone of the first rap singles to take pride in being from Toronto, which paved theway for Drake’s Toronto-centric music.
During the last two decades, Williams has also made his mark as an actor and a motivational speaker. In Canada, Williams is a cast member of the popular CBCshow ‘Mr. D.’ playing character Paul Dwyer. Additionally, Williams has appeared in many U.S. film productions such has: ‘Paid in Full’ and ‘Honey’. He co-starred in ‘Redemption’ along side Jamie Foxx.
Williams is the author of a book titled ‘Stick to Your Vision’, which includes a foreword written by Chuck D of Public Enemy. The book is a part of an adult learning program at a Canadian community college.
Williams is frequently hired by top corporations as a keynote speaker.