Let Your Backbone Slide

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"Let Your Backbone Slide"
Single by Maestro Fresh-Wes
from the album Symphony in Effect
Format12" single
GenreCanadian hip hop
Songwriter(s)W. Williams
Producer(s)Peter & Anthony Davis
Maestro Fresh-Wes singles chronology
"Let Your Backbone Slide"
"Drop the Needle"

"Let Your Backbone Slide" is the debut single by Maestro Fresh-Wes, released in 1989 from his first album, Symphony in Effect. In Canada, over 50,000 copies of the single were sold, making Maestro the first Canadian rapper to have a gold single.[1] It also reached #1 on The Record Singles Chart, in April 1990.[citation needed] In the United States, 25,000 copies were sold in its first few weeks of release.[2] As of early 2008, it remained the best-selling Canadian hip hop single of all time.[3] In a 2000 poll conducted by the music magazine Chart, Let Your Backbone Slide was voted the 11th greatest Canadian song of all time.[4]

The song contains samples of "The Champ" by The Mohawks, "Funky Drummer" by James Brown, "Set It Off" by Strafe, "La Di Da Di" by Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick, "One, Two, Three" by The B-Boys and "Rebel Without a Pause" by Public Enemy.

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Joel Goldberg was shot in Toronto, with most of it taking place in a club. In the video's first few seconds, the current[when?] CBC News presenter Dwight Drummond plays the role of a cameraman. It received rotation on MTV.[2]

Track listing[edit]

12" single[edit]


  1. "Let Your Backbone Slide" (Power Mix)
  2. "Let Your Backbone Slide" (Bonus Beat)
  3. "Let Your Backbone Slide" (A cappella version)


  1. "Let Your Backbone Slide" (Radio Edit)
  2. "Let Your Backbone Slide" (Club Mix)

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
Canadian RPM Singles Chart[5] 10
Canadian The Record Singles Chart 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Singles[6] 14


  1. ^ Fresh rapped Maestro Jam! Music. Accessed on October 21, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Border Block - Canadian Hip Hop vs. America, cbc.ca. Accessed on October 22, 2008.
  3. ^ "Hip hop comes of age in Canada", Toronto Sun. Accessed on September 5, 2008.
  4. ^ "Top 50 Canadian Songs Of All-Time (Part Two)". Chart Attack. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  5. ^ Top Singles, RPM, Volume 51, No. 20, March 31 1990. Accessed on June 22, 2010.
  6. ^ Maestro Fresh-Wes > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles, Allmusic. Accessed on May 15, 2010.

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