Commanding the respect of many in the rap game, RMR Records recording artist, Tela, receives props from his peers, and other respected artists the old fashion way. He earns them, and has since his debut album PIECE OF MIND in 1996. Tela, has worked with with some of the South's best and brightest rappers such as Eight Ball and MJG. However, like most rappers, he also had his share of let downs and disappointments when it came to pursuing his career. However, despite the setbacks with record deals gone awry, Tela was largely ignored by the mainstream hip-hop media, among other roadblocks; he remains one of the South's most promising and revered artists today.
Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, Tela began his career in the late 1990's when he and some friends worked with OTS records a local memphis, tn label. He released an underground mixtape called MP SQUAD that received much praise, but it did not lead to the fame and fortune he assumed it would so he decided to pursue other options. Remaining patient and persistent, Tela landed a deal with Suave House Records. Shortly thereafter, he dropped his critically acclaimed debut album Piece of Mind, which sold nearly 500,000 copies and is considered a Southern classic.
Nevertheless, things were not working out between the gifted artist and the label due to the fact Tony Draper did not pay Tela his royalties on the 500,000 copies sold on this album Tela decided to part ways with Suave House. However, he was not without a home for long. On the heels of a great debut album, in 1997 he found himself at Rap-A-Lot Records--home to multi-platinum artists Scarface and the Ghetto Boys. Tela began immediately working on his sophomore album entitled NOW OR NEVER. With this album, Tela infused Memphis soul with funk, rock and the crunk sound of Southern hip hop.