Representing Bed Stuy Brooklyn, Tekomin “TEK” Williams burst onto the hip-hop scene in 1993 on Blackmoon’s Enta Da Stage album. Blending Jamaican Patois at times with his laid back, gritty flow, TEK embodies the signature Brooklyn sound. As one-half of the groundbreaking duo, Smif-N-Wessun, TEK has cemented himself as a hip-hop icon.
To date, TEK has released 5 albums and 1 EP as part of Smif-N-Wessun, 4 albums as part of the Boot Camp Clik, and 1 album and 1 EP as a solo artist. Smif-N-Wessun’s first single, Bucktown, was released in 1994 and became a Billboard Hot 100 hit. The duo’s critically acclaimed debut album was released in 1995, charted in the Billboard Top 200 and would go on to sell more than 300,000 copies.
After facing legal threats over their name from the Smith & Wesson firearm company, TEK and Steele temporarily changed their name to Cocoa Brovaz. They released one album under the new moniker, and were featured on the Soundbombing II, Lyricist Lounge Vol. 2, and Soundbombing III albums alongside Eminem, Mos Def, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, et al. The duo also collaborated with Bounty Killer, Wyclef Jean, and Stephen Marley.
After bringing back the Smif-n-Wessun name in 2005, TEK and Steele released 3 more albums, including their most recent album, The All. The All is widely considered to be one of the best hip-hop albums of 2019. The duo also collaborated with Salaam Remi on a song for the Netflix Documentary, The Grass is Greener.
As a solo artist, TEK released 24Kt Smoke on Duckdown Records in August, 2010. The album featured production from IllMind, Statik Selektah, Cookin’ Soul, Drawzilla, and Don Notz. Guest appearances on the album included Sheek Louch, Havoc of Mobb Deep, Freeway, Inspectah Deck, and his PNC Steele. In 2020, TEK released the PANDEMIC EP, with a guest appearance from Lil Fame, and production from Coptic, Music Mystro, Drawzilla and Joe Milly.
With a career that has spanned four decades, TEK entered the scene in hip-hop’s golden era with artists like Notorious B.I.G., Nas, Jay-Z, et al, and has amassed a worldwide following. As part of Smif-N-Wessun, he has collaborated with fellow hip-hop and R&B legends and superstars like 2Pac, Mary J. Blige, Aaliyah, Raekwon, Styles P, Rick Ross, Musiq Soulchild, 9th Wonder & The Soul Council, Pete Rock, DJ Premier, Bun B, KRS-One, Fat Joe, Talib Kweli, Blackmoon, and Sean Price.
More than 25 successful years after the release of Dah Shinin’, TEK has remained true to his borough. Alongside General Steele, he has helped organize give back drives each year, distributing school supplies, food, clothes and more to the Brooklyn community. Musically, TEK continues to deliver the rugged sound that has defined his lasting success as an artist.