Canada’s Godfather of Hip-hop, Maestro Fresh Wes, has been very active in recent years, releasing music at a steady clip. He has worn many hats over his illustrious and ever evolving career, including emcee, actor, mentor and hip-hop elder statesman. Now he has another hat to add to his impressive resume – children’s book author.
Inspired by his 1998 track of the same name, Stick To Your Vision: Young Maestro Goes to School is an inspirational children’s book that tells the story of a young Maestro Fresh Wes as he navigates school, including competing in the school’s writing contest against ‘Julia the Great’ and ‘Hakeem the Dream, as well as his growing love of hip-hop. Co-written by award-winning teacher, mentor, educational consultant, and student advocate, Rhodora Meliton-Vanderpool, and illustrated by artist, entrepreneur, media personality, and author, Leon “Eklipz” Robinson, the book pays homage to the teachers, friends, mentors and family members, and culture that inspired him along the way as he finds his power as a wordsmith and emcee.
“This book was written to emphasize the importance of family structure, mentorship, hip hop, and the positive impact of inspirational elementary school teachers,” he explains.
Also lending his star power to the project is fellow Canadian hip-hop icon turned record executive, Kardinal Offishall, who wrote the foreword for the book.
“Everyone who reads this book, young or young at heart, will benefit tremendously in so many ways”, Kardinal noted.
Stick To Your Vision: Young Maestro Goes to School is available for pre-orders now.