Background information
Birth nameDonald Askew, Jr
BornJanuary 6, 1982 (age 31)
GenresHip hop
OccupationsRapper, Songwriter/Publisher, Producer, Promoter, and Actor
Years active1996–present
LabelsSoul Star Entertainment
Associated actsSoulja BoyYoung BuckTom SkeemaskAl KaponeDondria,Gary Jenkins

Donald Askew, Jr (born January 6, 1982), better known by his stage name Teflon Don, is an American rapper from Memphis, Tennessee. He became prominent in the hip-hop music scene when his 2008 song “I Represent ft. Tom Skeemask” became popular in his hometown after winning the MemphisRap.com Music Showcase in 2008[1]. Teflon Don became locally recognized through his networking, recordings and music collaborations.

Teflon Don is known for creating and licensing music for the Memphis Grizzlies that boosted his buzz from 2009 – present at the FedEx Forum in Memphis.

He also is the first independent hip-hop artist to license a rap song with Rock Band Network/Harmonix Music[2]



[edit]Music Career

Teflon Don born January 6, 1982 in Memphis, Tennessee to parents Donald Askew Sr., a professional boxer, and Trudy and Maurice Woodard, owners of Strictly Vettes of Memphis. He is the first cousin to Vincent Askew who had a very successful NBA career.

In 2001, following graduating from Oakhaven High School, Teflon Don joined the US Army[3] from 2001-2009 and was deployed to later become anOperation Iraqi Freedom Vet where he was given the alias Teflon Don which he explained in an interview with Fox News’ WHBQ-TV reporter Marcus Hunter and Memphis Sport’s host Kevin Cerrito [4].

In 2006, after working with a number of management companies and labels, Teflon Don launched Soul Star Entertainment then released his first independent project Life of a Struggler.

In 2008, Teflon Don entered the MemphisRap.com Music Showcase where he was crowned the winner. [1]In 2009, he releases “God the Government The Game” which brought him a great deal of local success and inks a distribution deal with Selectohits. In 2010, following his win, Teflon Don was nominated as “Best Indie Rap Album of the Year” for his album “God, The Government, The Game“. [5] at the annual Southern Entertainment Awards. [6]

In the same year, 2010, movie director David Keary offered Teflon Don a deal to use two of his songs out of his catalog for the independent film “Money Makers“. Later that year, movie director Ryan Watt contacted Teflon Don for three songs for the movie “Daylight Fades” [7] which all led up to Teflon Don being the first independent hip-hop artist with a video game deal with Rock Band Network/Harmonix Music for all future Rock Band Games. [2]

Teflon Don later signed a contract with business manager Leighala Jiminez and personal manager Miami Mike inwhich he assigned John T Brown to assist as the road manager for Teflon Don’s career.

[edit]Legal issues

In 2011, Teflon Don filed a lawsuit against rapper Rick Ross for his use of the name, [7] [8] filing a copyright infringement trademark infringement lawsuit in a Tennessee Federal Court. The  case is currently pending.

On January 1, 2013  E. I. DU PONT DE NEMOURS AND COMPANY opposed the Teflon Don  Trademark with The Trademark Trial and Appeal Court. Stay tuned to www.uspto.gov for for details…


Studio albums
TV Shows
Video Games
Theme Songs

[edit]Awards and nominations

[edit]MemphisRap.com Music Showcase

YearNominated workAwardResult
2008Teflon Don“Showcase Winner 1st Place”Won

[edit]Southern Entertainment Awards

YearNominated workAwardResult
2010Teflon DonBest Indie Rap Album of the YearNominated

[edit]Knockdown Awards

YearNominated workAwardResult
2011Teflon DonImpact Artist of the YearPending
2011Teflon DonSong of the YearPending

[edit]Military Medals


[edit]External links

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