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In 2020 Maestro feels Andre De Grasse will stick to his vision and go “The Distance”

Toronto, ON – Right before the Olympics kicked off in Rio, Canadian rap pioneers Maestro Fresh Wes and Saukrates teamed up to release their 2016 Olympic anthem titled “The Distance.”

“The Distance” is a track about perseverance, and pushing oneself to the limit. It was written specifically with the Canadian Olympians in mind; but it’s a song that anyone can relate to. It’s all about pushing yourself in order to succeed.

So it’s so fitting that this song was used in a CBC video montage for one of the hardest working Olympians of this year’s games: Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse.

Maestro Fresh Wes spoke with us about his new

CBC ran “The Distance” during Olympic broadcasting, along with an Andre De Grasse video montage put together by Tim Thompson. The montage played right before Andre De Grasse nabbed a bronze medal at the 100 metre race in the semifinals.

De Grasse went on to break his own 200 metre record which got him a silver medal. And he also took home a bronze medal for the 4×100 relay. The Scarborough athlete returned home to Toronto earlier this morning to a crowd of cheering fans.

Being the patriotic sports-loving rap godfather that he is, Maestro was super stoked to see his song played in respects to such an important Canadian athlete. This song placement came right after Maestro’s song “Underestimated” was used last summer prior to De Grasse’s 100 metre race at the Pan Am Games in Toronto.

“[I’m] proud of this cat. Can’t wait to see what he does in 2020,” said Maestro.

And on that note, I should mention that all credit for the title of this post goes to Maestro because the Freshter Wester is the king of wordplay. He suggested this article title to me and I thought it was perfect. Check out our Q&A with Maestro to find out more about this song, and head on over to iTunes to cop a purchase of the single.


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Sarah Jay 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: @ThisIsSarahJay

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