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Maestro Fresh-Wes: The Black Tie Affair

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    The Black Tie Affair is the second studio album by the "Godfather of Canadian Hip Hop" Maestro Fresh-Wes. Originally released in 1991 on Attic/LMR Records the singles from the album include "Nothin' At All" and "Conductin' Thangs", which was nominated for Rap Recording of the Year at the 1992 Juno Awards. Most of the production was handled by Main Source's DJ K-Cut.

    In Canada, the album was certified gold with over 50,000 copies sold. gave it an 8/10 rating, calling Maestro "conscious in the very sense of the word," also stating "the result is an album that reflects both the era's climate and the rapper's personal situation." The song "Nothin' at All" was praised for being "both accusatory and motivational." In 1989 he became the first Canadian rapper to have a Top 40 hit, "Let Your Backbone Slide." As of early 2008, "Let Your Backbone Slide" remained the best-selling Canadian Hip Hop single of all time, and the only certified gold single in Canadian Hip Hop history. Eighteen years after its release, Maestro's debut album, Symphony in Effect (1989), remains the top selling Canadian Hip Hop album of all time; at 190,000 units sold, it is 10,000 shy of double platinum.

    On the aftermentioned song "Nothin' at All", Wes acknowledges this feat, rapping: "My first album, Symphony In Effect went platinum / in Canada that made me the first Black one / to achieve that goal, I even got offered a movie role / Hunh, I turned it down, I didn't wanna be no star / portrayin' a nigga that dwelled behind bars..." Out of print for years, The Black Tie Affair currently goes for hefty sums online. Now is the time to finally own a classic album in the Hip Hop genre whether from the great white north or not.

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    1. Hors D'Ouevres (Intro)
    Producer: K-Cut
    2. On The Jazz Tip
    Producer: K-Cut
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    3. Conductin' Thangs
    Producer: K-Cut
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    4. Watchin' Zeroes Grow
    Producers: Maestro Fresh-Wes; P. Davis; A. Davis
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    5. Private Symphony (Remix)
    Producers: Eddy Bullen; Sir Skratch
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    6. Poetry Is Black
    Producer: K-Cut
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    7. The Black Tie Affair
    Producer: K-Cut
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    8. V.I.P.'S Only
    featuring K-4ce
    Producer: K-Cut
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    9. L.T.D. Makes A Toast
    Producer: K-Cut
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    10. The Maestro Zone
    Producer: K-Cut
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    11. Nothin' At All
    featuring George Banton
    Producers: Maestro Fresh-Wes; P. Davis; A. Davis
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    12. Pass The Champagne
    Producers: Maestro Fresh-Wes; P. Davis; A. Davis
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    13. An After Dinner Mint (Instrolude)
    Producers: Maestro Fresh-Wes; P. Davis; A. Davis
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    14. Care For A Night Cap? (Outro)
    Producers: Maestro Fresh-Wes; P. Davis; A. Davis


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    Total Comments: 10
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 3/10/2012 4:12:00 PM; Partial IP: 89.211.227)
    Location: Sydney, Nova Scotia
    Comment: Even if he had a lisp, he'd still sound crisp!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 1/13/2011 5:43:00 PM; Partial IP: 210.254.12)
    Location: SCARBORO
    Comment: Original RudeBoy from Toronto that laid down the foundation for the city!!! Let Your Backbone Slide...Big Up Wes!!!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/16/2010 12:16:00 PM; Partial IP: .183.4.170)
    Location: NC
    Comment: i've never heard of this album before and it's already phat. Maestro is the best!!!.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/15/2010 2:34:00 AM; Partial IP:
    Location: The Toronto
    Comment: One of those albums from the "Golden Era", that's slept on hard.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/4/2010 6:31:00 PM; Partial IP: 48.169.157)
    Location: Pompano Beach
    Comment: Had it when it came out & still listen to it now. Maestro is a classic!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/1/2010 5:18:00 PM; Partial IP: .12.72.192)
    Location: cdn
    Comment: Say Word a re-issue of Maestro... Love the tempo of the beats, the rhymes, and the energy in it's delivery, loved it as a kid and now loving it again, a re-issue worthy of being re-issued
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 11/30/2010 9:51:00 PM; Partial IP: 210.141.25)
    Location: Ohio
    Comment: FIRE this shit is a classic get it
    Name: (Posted: 11/27/2010 8:45:00 PM; Partial IP: 29.170.149)
    Location: Toronto, Canada
    Comment: Before Drake, and Kardinal Offhishall - Fresh Wes was the go to guy. Check the beat and lyrics on "V.I.P's Only" Fire!!!
    Name: (Posted: 11/2/2010 1:25:00 PM; Partial IP:
    Location: stockholm, sweden
    Comment: I have the OG of this....DITC & Main Source produced this guy...the original Canadian rapper!
    Name: (Posted: 10/23/2010 3:18:00 PM; Partial IP: 14.207.161)
    Location: italy
    Comment: real heads stand up this is the dope reissue!
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