Smif-n-Wessun Show Bucktown Is Standing Strong In 2018 (Video)
Tek and General Steele make quintessential New York City Hip-Hop. The Smif-n-Wessun pair has been doing it for 25 years, since they made powerful impact on Black Moon’s debut. Together, Tek and Steele are the genuine article, and they helped define an era that many MCs and groups wish to emulate. Although these two Boot Camp Clik officials have made some great music in the last decade (see: the 2011 Monumental album with Pete Rock), their upcoming album is about collecting props for legacy.
Steele and Tek have linked with 9th Wonder and his Soul Council production squad for The All, arriving in the first quarter of 2019. It is the latest move in a historic link between Brooklyn and North Carolina. Since the mid-2000s, 9th Wonder and Khrysis in particular have worked extensively with Smif-n-Wessun, Buckshot, and the late Sean Price. Notably, The All is confirmed to feature Rick Ross, Raekwon, and Rapsody, as well as Musiq Soulchild.
Ambrosia For Heads proudly premieres the video for “Let It Go,” the 9th-produced lead single from The All. The piano-driven tune gets a companion visual that sees Tek and Steele leading a mob through the streets of Planet Brooklyn. This posse includes Boot Camp’s longtime figurehead Buckshot, who puts his arms around one of the best acts he ever brought to the stage. Sean Price’s widow Bernadette Price also appears in the family affair. “Mr. Vicksta” and “Mr. Rippa” kick their trademark cadences while sporting retro 8-ball and BMW leather coats, and it just feels right. They travel the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, cross the bridge into Manhattan, and show that the bond is forever strong and the Click is always worldwide.
“I walk around town with the crown I’m the king,” raps General Steele, referencing his Dah Shinin’ routine. “Booth or stage in the square I’m like a fighter in the ring / Tyson was price and I might Mayweather / These rappers is nice; I write way better.” he spits. The track references the kind of Rap music that influenced this union.
In 2018, Smif-n-Wessun made some noise even without a formal project. The duo appeared on Masta Ace & Marco Polo’s debut video single from A Breukelen Story. That LP was named one of AFH‘s Top 15 of the year. They teamed with Rick Ross and 9th Wonder for the Superfly soundtrack, as well as a Termanology video collaboration.
In the fall, Tek and Steele also made a surprise appearance at J. Period’s Live Mixtape event featuring Rakim, Black Thought, and onetime SnW label-mate Pharoahe Monch. They are on the live recording from the event.
Photograph by Photo Rob (aka Robert Adam Mayer), provided by Duck Down Music