Memphians probably first noticed Teflon Don when he composed a song for the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA, but he goes far deeper, as evidenced by his debut album God, The Government, The Game, an album whose title seems to reflect the three ways that inner-city residents have historically tried to make their way. Although Teflon uses a traditional Memphis style of delivery and fairly standard beats, his lyrics come from a more positive direction, trying to warn young people to take advantage of opportunities (“God, The Government, The Game”) or reminding them about the struggles that African-Americans have faced in the past (“Let’s Talk About”), a song that was written for Black History Month.  While God, The Government, The Game offers little that is unexpected, it is a credible debut album from a hard-working artist that sees rap as a way to improve the city of Memphis.

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