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Maestro Fresh Wes – I Can’t Breathe ft. King Reign [Video]

Toronto, ON – The Godfather of Canadian hip-hop – Maestro Fresh Wes – just hit us with a very important new lyric video single release titled “I Can’t Breathe.” This track was produced by Tone Mason, and features backing vocals by one of Canada’s rising new wave artists, King Reign.

The track was initially inspired by the Eric Garner situation in New York. But following the devastating NYE Toronto shooting of Director X – who directed Maestro’s “Stick To Your Vision” video – Maestro pushed for immediate release of the track. This joint will be featured on Maestro’s forthcoming Compositions Vol. 1 EP. So keep it locked on that, and more. Shout-out to iLLvibe Studios on the video. Check it after the jump.

Maestro Fresh Wes - I Can't Breathe [Video] - HipHopCanada.com

This song gives us some serious perspective. The Freshter Wester brings light to a system caught in a chokehold – a system that’s suffocating its very own people. Maestro is quick to point out that everyone – let me repeat that for clarification: EVERYONE – is part of the problem; but that everyone is also part of the solution. You feel that? It’s a two-way street.

And you know what else is part of the solution? Hip-hop. Hip-hop provides a platform for honest and open commentary. Hip-hop loosens that very chokehold and opens up some breathing space for dialogue. Hip-hop speaks for those whose throats are obstructed by the systematic chokeholds. And we’re blessed to have a seasoned vet like Maestro to open up those dialogues for us within Canadian hip-hop.

About: Maestro Fresh Wes

Celebrating over 25 years in the music industry, Wes “Maestro” Williams is one of the most influential hip hop artists in Canada. A music pioneer, MC, motivational speaker, author and actor, he has always been closely tied to the community through public speaking, mentoring and encouraging everyone — regardless of background, age or gender — to persevere and reach for the sky. It’s this positivity, dedication and ability to connect with different audiences that recently prompted him to be invited to officially welcome 60 new Canadians to the country, at a special ceremony presented by the Institute of Canadian Citizenship. In early 2014, his song “Reach for the Sky” featuring fellow Canadian MC, Classified, was selected by CBC Broadcasting as an official anthem for their televised coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

Closer to home, Wes will be doing a STICK TO YOUR VISION presentation later this month at Firgrove Public School in Toronto’s Jane and Finch area, which will be followed by a special workshop for five Grade 4 boys and their parents. Additionally, on February 21st, he will be receiving an African Canadian Achievement Award for his decades of contribution and dedication to the Arts and Entertainment in Canada. Season 4 of the CBC Television sitcom, Mr. D, where he plays the role of a favourite high school teacher, will begin airing on Tuesday, January 20th on CBC Television.


Twitter: @MaestroFreshWes | @kingreignthe1st | @ToneMason

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Sarah Jay is HipHopCanada's Associate Editor in Chief. Sarah is based in Calgary and works as a freelance journalist and photographer. Sarah is also a former A&R talent scout for the Universal Music Scouting Program, and runs a vintage store during the day. Sarah has juried the JUNO Awards, The Polaris Music Prize, and The Prism Prize. She has been fortunate enough to interview and photograph some of hip-hop's greatest influencers including Future, ScHoolboy Q, Ghostface Killah, Moka Only, Maestro Fresh Wes, Shad, Joey Bada$$, Mac Miller, and more. Follow Sarah on Twitter: @IHeartTART

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