Maestro Fresh WesInducted in 2024
Often hailed as the “Godfather of Canadian Hip-Hop”, Maestro Fresh Wes stands as a pioneering force in the Canadian music scene, forging a path for hip-hop and rap in Canada at a time when none existed.
Born Wesley Williams in 1968 to Guyanese parents in Scarborough, Ontario, Maestro Fresh Wes’s interest in music began early in life. The oldest of three children, he was raised in a musical household where he enjoyed writing poetry and playing the piano. At 11, Maestro Fresh Wes discovered his passion for rapping after listening to his father’s copy of Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight.”