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Duck Down Blue Note Late Night Weekend Takeover - Bucktown In Bluetown

The dynamic duo of Tek and Steele known as, Smif N Wessun, are survivors of the game of hip-hop. Their street slick rhymes, personal chemistry, and ability to trade the mic smoother than a Hennie and Coke, are a testament to team work. With a fast break into success, legal trouble that forced a brief name change, and moving into the drive’s seat, from emcees to entrepreneurs, Tek and Steele have stood tall in the face of adversity as an impenetrable force.

Natives of Brooklyn, New York, Tek and Steele made their first appearance to the world of hip-hop on Black Moon’s 1993 debut, Enta Da Stage. The tracks, "Black Smif N Wessun" and "U Da Man" showcased their fierce and unrestricted lyrics.

In 1994, Buckshot and Dru Ha founded Duck Down Management, signing Smif N Wessun as their first act to Nervous Records. Not only did their debut 'Dah Shinin' sell over 300,000 copies, but it also coined the name of the fourth great wave of hip-hop music. Tek and Steele stormed the masses with hardcore rhymes and a flawless ability to trade the mic without hesitation.

"Dah Shinin was an era when hip-hop was just coming back from the West to the hardcore streets of New York, and you were proud to be a fan of it...that was kind of a renaissance time,” explained Steele. Produced by Da Beatminerz, the album was layered with heavy bass lines, razor sharp scratching and a dungeon sound that basted through any roof.

While tracks like "Timz N Hood Check" told of the underbelly of street life, "Won Time" discussed the results of snitching; "Cession At Da Doghillee" previewed the soon to be Boot Camp Clik; and the jazz influenced Brooklyn anthem, ”Bucktown,” became a Duck Down trademark.
Buckshot, & The Cocoa Brovaz collaborated with 2Pac on the unreleased album 'One Nation.' Although not readily accessible to the public, the thought of the four working together would only result in being one of the rawest albums to date. In 1997, Tek and Steele joined: Buckshot, Heltah Skeltah, and O.G.C. to release the Boot Camp Clik debut 'For the People.' It received mixed reviews, as fans compared it to Smif N Wessun earlier work on 'Dah Shinin.' 

In 2003, Tek and Steele moved into the driver’s seat founding, Bucktown USA Entertainment. They released their first independent full-length compilation titled 'Glory'. The LP featured artists from New York, Maryland, and Georgia. Through the Bucktown USA label, Smif N Wessun have released several solo projects including; Tek’s 'Amerikka’s Nightmare' (2004), 'I Got This' (2006); Steele’s 'First Famlee' (2004); Smif N Wessun 'X-Files' (2006); as well as serving as an additional branch for Duck Down Music affiliated projects.

The third Boot Camp Clik release 'The Last Stand' featured the entire Timberland boot clad battalion (Buckshot, Smif N Wessun, Heltah Skeltah, O.G.C.), production by Pete Rock, Da Beatminerz, Large Professor, 9th Wonder, Macro Pollo, !llMind, Coptic, Sic Beats, and Ken BB. While “Here We Go,” displayed memorable BCC rhyming ciphers, “1-2-3,” had a macho “knock to the skull” feel.

Tek and Steele returned in 2007 with 'Smif N Wessun: The Album' lead by the Rock and Joell Ortiz assisted single 'Stomp.' The album was met with mix reviews and saw a 4 year gap until Smif N Wessun would return with their next album 'Monumental.'

In 2011 Smif N Wessun teamed up with arguably the greatest hip-hop producer of all time Pete Rock to create a full length LP, 'Monumental.' One thing missing from their 2007 release was a consistent flow. Tek and Steele thought the best way to capture a consistent and complete album would be to have only one producer. What better producer to do so than Pete Rock. It was a match made in hip-hop heaven. As soon as announcements were made of the collab anticipation from fans grew tremendously.

Pete Rock, known for being a perfectionist, noted that he just didn't 14 beats and give them to Smif N Wessun instead he went in the studio with Tek and Steele and tailored beats specific to them. 

Monumental was released in June 2011 and serves as Smif N Wessun's 5th album making them one of the most consistent groups in the game. The duo has shown themselves to be more than emcees. Hitting hip-hop music with a raw and un-duplicable style, business sense and survival skills, the name, Smif N’ Wessun, shines above the rest.

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