As a member of M.O.P.’s First Family, Brownsville, Brooklyn-based emcee Teflon first made a name for himself, contributing verses on M.O.P.’s 1996 sophomore album Firing Squad. By the following year, the Brooklyn-based emcee released his full-length debut, the ten-song My Will, which saw him displaying his full artistic range. While rooted in roughneck, braggadocio, the album offered a contrasting style from the hardcore sound listeners expect from M.O.P. and featured deeply meaningful, thoughtful rhymes,
The buzz surrounding the Brooklyn emcee reached its pinnacle in 2000 with his appearance on M.O.P.’s “Ante Up (Remix), alongside Busta Rhymes and Remy Ma. That guest spot led to a deal with Def Jam Recordings that was brokered by Teflon’s longtime friend DJ Premier. Sadly, after a turbulent transition with the company, Teflon’s Def Jam debut never saw the light of day, and he took a much-needed hiatus from the music industry.
Earlier this month, My Will was re-released and made available through all major DSPs and Bandcamp, just in time for the album’s 26th anniversary. Coincidentally, the Brooklyn-based emcee is gearing up for the June 30, 2023 release of his long-awaited, DJ Premier and Jazimoto co-produced sophomore 2 Sides To Every Story through 420 Music in partnership with Colemine Records.
2 Sides To Every Story‘s latest single is the DJ Premier-produced “Hostile Takeover.” Built around a swaggering Preemo production pairing tweeter and woofer rattling boom bap with menacing synth arpeggios and some old-school turntablism, “Hostile Takeover” features the Brooklyn-based emcee and Benny The Butcher trading ferocious bars detailing the struggles of being an artist in an industry that’s often a viper’s pit of betrayal and bullshit — and with a criminal justice system set out to use their rhymes against them.
You can go to Coalmine’s online store to pre-order 2STES on vinyl and CD. A blue and purple whirlpool vinyl edition is also available for pre-order through Get on Down, along with a silver vinyl edition through RRC Music. Both are limited to 150 copies each. A double-sided slipmat bundle is also available in Black and Get on Down edition, which features Teflon’s 420 Music logo emblazoned on one side, with an image of a “non-stick” teflon pan branded with Coalmine’s logo on the other.