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.

Soon after their initial success, legal trouble arose over the group’s name in a trademark infringement case, with the Smith and Wesson gun company. In an attempt to avoid further litigation, Tek and Steele changed their name to: Cocoa Brovaz.

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.’

The year of 1998 marked Tek and Steele’s return under the name their new name, Coca Brovaz, releasing ‘Rude Awakening.’ Although the album received mixed reviews, the track “Black Trump” stuck out among the rest. Featuring the Wu-Tang Clan’s, Raekwon the Chef, the alliance would serve as a great moment in hip-hop, allowing for future Duck Down and Wu-tang projects. It would be their only release on Priority Records. Soon after, Tek and Steele were soon dropped from the distribution company.

2005 was a year of due justice for Smif N Wessun. After years of legal debate, they were finally awarded the reinstatement of the Smif N Wessun name. With a new found confidence they released ‘Reloaded.’ The album was one of three relapses during Duck Down’s Triple Threat Summer promotion. Tek and Steele came in full force. Tracks “Gunn Rap” and “My Timz Do Work” brought back the classic Smif N Wessun charisma. With cover art by Marc Ecko, and guest appearances by Talib Kweli, Tony Touch, Dead Prez, BCC and more the album resurrected a sound that was thought to have been lost.

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.

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.