Tef Wesley

Tef Wesley

 Washington, D.C., Washington, D.C., USA
BandHip Hop

Tef Wesley's music is soulful and aggressive, modernizing the golden era of hip-hop from the 90's, yet bringing a new sound and the relevance of today. His content revolves around personal situations and environments from his life.

Biography

Tef Wesley is an emcee/producer/engineer that hails from Washington D.C. but grew up in Maryland and currently resides in Virginia. Tef has been a staple in the DMV Hip Hop scene since the late 90’s and has been making headway since 2004 but his first major buzz happened in 2007 after his DJ Rerok hosted mixtape “The Pre-Conception” made noise in the DMV and beyond through MySpace and several underground Hip Hop blogs.

The next year, Tef executive produced the successful Epidemik x Peter Rosenberg (of Hot 97 fame) mixtape “Nature Of The Beast”. 2008 also saw Tef open for acts such as Sean Price, Ill Bill, Masta Ace and Dilated Peoples amongst others. The momentum and word of mouth generated from both mixtapes and his live shows also lead to a spot during a leg of the 2008 Vans Warped Tour thus raising his profile even more.

Tef Wesley is also a member of the Inner Loop Records family. Inner Loop Records serves as a home to several of the DMV’s best and brightest emcees and producers. In addition to being involved with recording and production of several Inner Loop Records releases Tef has also made frequent guest appearances on their releases over the years. Tef Wesley is also the owner and operator of a the highly respected recording facility located in Fredericksburg, VA. His talents in engineering and production serve him well in not only overseeing projects recorded there but in it’s day to day operations.

Tef Wesley is also a highly capable emcee and live performer. His rhymes and flow are both equally ferocious but he also possesses the versatility to craft songs with concepts and subject matter that appeal to a wide array of fans. He can convey a wide array of emotions and make songs to make you party, think or just nod your head and rewind the track to catch some of his clever bars.

2012 was been a busy year for Tef as the project he co-executive produced with world renowned fellow emcee/producer/engineer ST/MiC, Mina Leon’s “Running Red Lights” was released to critical acclaim. Not only that, but Tef’s own project “Corner Store Loosies EP” dropped on Inner Loop Records. He continued to stay in the studio with fellow ILR producer Grussle working on a follow up project titled “Pens & Needles”.

He went on to do a number of high profile shows while working on "Pens & Needles" in the area at top notch venues performing alongside artists such as Jedi Mind Tricks, La Coka Nostra, Action Bronson, Danny Brown, Rittz and more.

Tef's current single "Gametime" has been building a buzz throughout the spring and summer of 2015, gaining plays on the legendary "Halftime Show" on WNYU as well as spins on Shade45 and HipHopNation on Sirius XM.

The man professionally known as Tef Wesley has been featured prominently on sites such as Respect Mag, YouHeardThatNew. HipHopSince1987, OnSmash, Poisonous Paragraphs, Wake Your Daughter Up, When They Reminisce, DMV Life, Real Hype DC, DMV Flow, Bloggerhouse, Producers I Know, Praverb DotNet, KevinNottingham.com, DatPiff and DJBooth.net. The Source, Crayon Beats, Artistic Manifesto, and more.

Discography

Fuck That Shit (Single) - 2015

Gametime (Single) - 2015

RX (Single) - 2014

Corner Store Loosies EP - 2012

The Pre-Conception Mixtape (Hosted by DJ Rerok) - 2007



Set List

Set varies from night to night, and ranges from 15-30 minutes depending on the event.