Capital Steez

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Capital Steez
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Background information
Birth name Courtney Everald Dewar JR [1]
Born (1993-07-07)July 7, 1993
Origin Brooklyn, New York,
United States
Died December 24, 2012(2012-12-24) (aged 19)
Manhattan, New York,
United States[2]
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active 2009–2012
Labels Cinematic Music Group[3]
Associated acts Joey Badass, Pro Era, BEAST COAST, The 3rd Kind

Courtney "Jamal"Everald Dewar JR (July 7, 1993 – December 24, 2012),[4] better known by his stage name Capital Steez (stylized as Capital STEEZ), was an American hip hop recording artist from Brooklyn, New York City, New York. He was the founder of the Brooklyn-based hip hop collective Pro Era, along with longtime friend and fellow rapper Joey Badass. He committed suicide at the age of 19, by jumping from a building in Manhattan's Flatiron District.[5]

Music career[edit]

Capital STEEZ (then known as Jay Steez) began rapping in 2009 with his friend Jakk The Rhymer. Together they created the group the 3rd Kind. Their first mix tape was titled "The Yellow Tape". He founded the hip hop collective Pro Era, also in 2009, with high school friends Joey Bada$$, CJ Fly and Powers Pleasant.[5][6] In February 2012 a music video called Survival Tactics, which starred Joey Badass and Capital STEEZ was released on YouTube, which received mainly positive reviews from many rap outlets, thus gaining Pro Era mainstream fame. Capital STEEZ's closing verse was named on their list of "25 Of The Best Closing Lines In Rap" by XXL Magazine.[7] He was listed in "The 25 Best Rap Lines of 2012" by Spin.[7][8]

2012: AmeriKKKan Korruption[edit]

Capital STEEZ released his first solo mix tape, "AmeriKKKan Korruption", on April 7, 2012 with 14 tracks. A reloaded version with seven additional tracks was released in 2012. The tape now runs 21 tracks in length and featured many of his Pro Era teammates, such as Bada$$, CJ Fly, and Chuck Strangers. The mixtape contains production by Madlib, MF DOOM, Free the Robots, DJ Premier, and others.[9][10] It was number one on the list of "Most Overlooked Mixtapes of 2012 By MTV.[11] Steez was named by HipHopDX as a rapper to watch out for in 2013.[12]

Beast Coast Movement[edit]

Capital STEEZ was one of the founders (along with Joey Bada$$) of the Beast Coast Movement. The Movement consists of three main groups Pro Era, Flatbush Zombies, and The Underachievers. All three of these groups are based out of Brooklyn.[13]

Death and posthumous works[edit]

Capital Steez committed suicide on December 23, 2012.[14][15] Earlier that night, he made his way to the rooftop of the Cinematic Music Group headquarters in Manhattan’s Flatiron District, where he texted a few of his closest friends to tell them that he loved them, and at exactly 11:59 PM, posted a tweet saying, "The end."[16] He jumped off the rooftop of the building later that night.[4][17]

In late April 2013, Joey Bada$$ announced that a Capital Steez album would soon be released.[18] On July 7, 2013, Pro Era released the song "King Steelo" from the upcoming posthumous album.[19] Badass would later confirm that the album of unreleased material, will be released in 2014.[20] On December 24, 2013, to honor the anniversary of his death, Pro Era released a music video for his song "47 Piiirates".[21] On July 9, 2014, Pro Era released a previously unreleased song by Steez titled "Shooting Stars".[22]

Discography[edit]

Albums
  • King Capital (2014)
Mixtapes
  • The Yellow Tape (with The 3rd Kind) (2009)
  • AmeriKKKan Korruption[23] (2012)
  • The Secc$ Tap.e (with Pro Era) (2012)
  • AmeriKKKan Korruption Reloaded[24] (2012)
  • P.E.E.P: The aPROcalypse (with Pro Era) (2012)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Phillip Mlynar (2013-04-17). "The Sad Tale of Beast Coast Architect and Pro Era Emcee Capital STEEZ". Village Voice. Retrieved 2014-08-13. 
  2. ^ "RIP: Remembering Capital Steez, 1993–2012". 
  3. ^ "Cinematic Music Group HomePage". 
  4. ^ a b by Emmanuel C.M. (2013-12-24). "RIP Capital STEEZ (July 7, 1993 - December 24, 2012) - XXL". Xxlmag.com. Retrieved 2014-08-13. 
  5. ^ a b "Rapper Capital Steez of Pro Era Dead at 19". 
  6. ^ [1] XXL Magazine, 7/30/13
  7. ^ a b "25 Of The Best Closing Lines In Rap". 
  8. ^ "The 25 Best Rap Lines of 2012". 
  9. ^ "AmeriKKKan Corruption Info". 
  10. ^ "Capital STEEZ: AK Reloaded [Mixtape] Info". 
  11. ^ "AmeriKKKan Corruption Most Overlooked Mixtape of 2012 MTV". 
  12. ^ Ortiz, Edwin (January 2, 2013). "Top Artists To Watch For In 2013 | Discussing Lil' Wayne, Drake & Many More Hip Hop Artists". HipHop DX. Retrieved November 5, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Breaking Down The Beast Coast Movement". 
  14. ^ "Joey Bada$$ Collaborator Capital STEEZ of Pro Era Has Died". 
  15. ^ "Joey Bada$$ Confirms Capital STEEZ Death Was ‘Self-inflicted’". 
  16. ^ @CapitalSTEEZ_: "The end."
  17. ^ "Capital STEEZ: King Capital". 
  18. ^ "Joey Bada$$ Announces Capital STEEZ Mixtape". 
  19. ^ "Capital STEEZ, "King STEELO" Release". 
  20. ^ "Capital Steez: King Capital". The Fader. 2013-11-26. Retrieved 2014-08-13. 
  21. ^ by C. Vernon Coleman (2013-12-24). "Check Out Capital STEEZ & Dirty Sanchez's New Video For "47 Piiirates" - XXL". Xxlmag.com. Retrieved 2014-08-13. 
  22. ^ Isn, Streetball. "Pro Era Drops An Unreleased Capital Steez’ Record, “Shooting Star’s”". The Source. Retrieved 2014-08-13. 
  23. ^ "AmeriKKKan Korruption". 
  24. ^ "AmeriKKKan Korruption Reloaded".