Duck Down Records announces the return of Smif N Wesson! Tek N Steele will return on 10-23-07 with the release of their 4th LP The Album.
Ever wonder who originally coined the phrase â€œBucktown,â€ the slang which has since become synonymous in the Urban landscape to describe the concrete borough? Thatâ€™s right, Smif N Wessonâ€™s Tek & Steele.
Appearing under the name, Smif-N-Wessun, Tek and Steele’s first-ever recorded experience dates back to fellow ‘Bucktown’ representatives and Boot Camp members, Black Moon’s stellar LP, 1993’s Enta Da Stage. Textured with the murky, dungeon-core production of Da Beatminerz, and crackling with the flavor of a reggae vocal long-forgotten, the collaboration would set the stage for the unique blend of sound clash street-speak which was to follow. And follow it they did– nearly 2 years later, when the fast-rising pair dropped their groundbreaking Dah Shinin’ debut on Nervous Records. Acclaimed by both hip-hop and pop press alike, the record would feature an abundance of single-worthy cuts, including the now-classics, “Sound Bwoy Buriel”, “Stand Strong”, and “Bucktown.” And the fans liked it too, copping enough copies during its opening week to ensure both a #1 slot on Billboard’s Rap Album chart and #3 debut on its R&B measure– impressive stats for a new artist release in any genre.
By the time Tek & Steele began recording their sophomore LP, Rude Awakening, Duck Down had a new recording home and distribution deal with Priority Records and was the talk of the underground scene. But just as things looked ready to take off, Tek & Steele were served a cease and desist order from gun manufacturer Smith And Wesson, which banned them from being able to record under their original recording moniker Smif N Wesson; hence, when Rude Awakening was finally released in 1998, Tek & Steele were forced to release the LP as Cocoa Brovaz—a road block which would have crippled most artists with lesser talent. Though Tek & Steele signed a deal with former Indy Powerhouse Rawkus Records in 2000, it was short lived, as Rawkus folded its doorâ€™s shortly after Tek & Steele had finished recording their Rawkus debut. Yet, the duo remained busy, as they stayed active by contributing to Rawkusâ€™ Soundbombing II (â€œGet Upâ€) and SB III (â€œSpit Againâ€) and appearing (â€œGun Talkâ€) on Talib Kweliâ€™s 2002 release Quality.
In 2005, Smif N Wesson released their third LP, Reloaded, the integral and final piece to Duck Downâ€™s â€œTriple Threatâ€ campaign (which also included releases from Buckshot & 9th Wonder (Chemistry) and Sean Priceâ€™s solo-debut (Monkey Barz) and more recently Tek & Steele added their unique flows and deliveries to collective BCC efforts The Last Stand (2006) and Casualties Of War (2007).
After working with some of Hiphopâ€™s great artists, Tupac, M.O.P., Mobb Deep, Talib Kweli and Aaliyah, on their latest opus, The Album, Smif N Wesson left their comfortable surroundings in Bucktown to seemingly reinvent their sound, as in a quaint studio in Sweden, Tek N Steele worked diligently for three weeks recording tracks with producers such as Ken Ring (who previously produced â€œTrading Placesâ€ off BCCâ€™s Last Stand album, and â€œReloadedâ€ off Smif N Wessunâ€™s Reloaded album), Tommy Tee (who produced â€œChurchâ€ on Sean Priceâ€™s Jesus Price Supastar album), Rune Rotter, and Soul Theory. The Albumâ€™s lead-single, â€œStomp Thruâ€ f/Rock (from Heltah Skeltah) and Joell Ortiz is already gaining considerable momentum!
After 14 storied years in the rap game, Smif N Wessun are back with their signature name and have created a personal reflection of their experiences in the music industry with The Album.
Download Link to â€œStompâ€ f/ Rock & Joell Ortiz: http://www.zshare.net/audio/3593927c1c2187/
Tracklisting and credits for Smif N Wessonâ€™s The Album:
1.) See The Light (produced by Ken Ring and Collen & Webb )
2.) Gotta Say it f/Chuckii Star (produced by Ken Ring and Collen & Webb)
3.) Trouble (produced by Ken Ring and Collen & Webb)
4.) K.I.M. 200 f/Loudmouf Choir
5.) P.N.C. For Life (produced by Ken Ring & Rune Rotter)
6.) Gangsta Prayer f/Million Styles (produced by Ken Ring & Rune Rotter)
7.) Stomp Thru f/Rock and Joell Ortiz (produced by Ken Ring and Collen & Webb)
8.) Who Gonna Save Us (produced by Ken Ring & Tommy Tee)
9.) Still Fighting (produced by Ken Ring and Collen & Webb)
10.) Yeah (produced by Ken Ring & Tommy Tee)
11.) Movie (produced by Ken Ring & Tommy Tee)
12.) Canâ€™t Stop (produced by Ken Ring & Soul Theory)
13.) Canâ€™t Feel My Face f/Loudmouf Choir (produced by Ken Ring & Tommy Tee)
14.) Still Here (produced by Ken Ring and Collen & Webb)