Early photo of Pro Era
|Also known as||Progressive Era|
|Origin||Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.|
|Labels||Cinematic Music Group|
|Associated acts||The Underachievers, Flatbush Zombies, Statik Selektah|
A La $ole
Jakk The Rhymer
|Past members||Capital STEEZ (deceased)|
Pro Era, also known as Progressive Era, is an American hip hop collective from Brooklyn, New York City. The collective includes, among others, rappers Joey Bada$$, CJ Fly, Kirk Knight, Nyck Caution, A La $ole, Dyemond Lewis, Rawle, Ali, Dessy Hinds, Dirty Sanchez, ROKAmouth Singh, Jakk The Rhymer, along with producers Chuck Strangers, Powers Pleasant and Nile Edwards. Pro Era formed around 2009 in Brooklyn and was founded by Capital STEEZ, Joey Badass, CJ Fly and Powers Pleasant. The group contains a total of around 47 people. This includes non-musical members such as Junior B, Tru, Dee Knows, Tony Whlgn, and Kwon Swank, who act as promoters, photographers, directors and publicists, among other occupations.
2010–2012: Signing to Cinematic Music
The Pro Era collective signed with the label Cinematic Music Group in 2010, shortly after Johnny Shipes became manager of the group's leader, Joey Badass. In February 2012, Pro Era released their debut mixtape entitled "The Seccs Tape"
2012: Rise in popularity and death of Capital STEEZ
The release of the Amerikkkan Korruption (Capital STEEZ) and 1999 (Joey Badass) mix tapes increased the group's popularity in the underground scene. 1999 was listed among "Best Mixtapes of 2012" by multiple publications. Capital STEEZ was on the list of "Rappers to Watch For in 2013."
On December 24, 2012, 19-year-old Pro Era co-founder Capital STEEZ (Jamal Dewar) committed suicide, jumping from the rooftop of the Cinematic Music Group headquarters in Manhattan, New York City. Earlier that evening, he sent text messages to a few of his closest friends, telling them he loved them. At 11:59 PM, Dewar posted a tweet saying, "The end." He jumped to his death later that night.
2013–present: Touring and mixtapes
On March 21, 2013, Pro Era participated in the Beast Coast concert tour with The Underachievers and Flatbush Zombies. Later that year, Pro Era toured with the Under the Influence 2013 tour with Wiz Khalifa, ASAP Rocky, Trinidad James, Chevy Woods and Smoke DZA, among others. On December 25, 2013, the group announced that their third mixtape The Secc$ Tap.e 2 would be released on February 14, 2014. As promised, it would be released on that day, as a part of a free-music giveaway coined "Pro Era week". Their next project, The Shift, a free EP was announced to be released on May 27, 2014 by Scion AV.
47 logo controversy
The design of one of Pro Era's logos has sparked controversy due to its similarity to a swastika, which is associated with Nazism and Neo-Nazism. Stickers of the logo and graffiti of the symbol appear in numerous locations in Midwood, Brooklyn. The symbol is actually the number 47 with its digits joined together.
According to local news station News 12 Brooklyn, the group has explained that the logo was designed the way it was to draw attention, and that the symbol resembles peace and balance, as with the swastika's significance in various religions. They say that it is supposed to be a spiritual symbol and not an offensive one. The symbol has been planted around Brooklyn in tribute of late member Capital STEEZ.
- Current members
- Joey Badass
- CJ Fly
- Kirk Knight
- Chuck Strangers
- Dyemond Lewis
- A La $ole
- Dessy Hinds
- Nyck Caution
- Dirty Sanchez
- ROKAmouth Singh
- Jakk The Rhymer
- Nile Edwards
- T'nah Apex
- Powers Pleasant
- Capital STEEZ
- The Secc$ Tape (2012)
- P.E.E.P: The aPROcalypse (2012)
- The Secc$ Tape 2 (2014)
- The Shift (2014)
- A La $ole
- The Art Of $ole (2014)
- AmeriKKKan Korruption (2012)
- AmeriKKKan Korruption Reloaded (2012)
- King Capital (2014)
- CJ Fly
- Thee Way Eye See It (2013)
- Nyck Caution
- The Pursuit, Vol. 1 (2011)
-  XXL Magazine, 7/30/13
-  Pro Era, Rising Rap Collective, Hits Connecticut
- The Seccs Tape The Smokers Club, 2/14/12
- "38. Joey Bada$$, 1999 — The 50 Best Albums of 2012". Complex. 2012-12-18. Retrieved 2013-05-06.
- "HipHopDX's Top 10 Mixtapes Of 2012 | Discussing Lil' Wayne, Drake & Many More Hip Hop Artists". HipHop DX. 2012-12-31. Retrieved 2013-05-06.
-  Hip Hop DX , Rappers to Watch for in 2013
- Horowitz, J, Steven One Hazy Summer Tour Hiphopdx.com, 7/13/12
- "Pro Era - Peep The Aprocalypse". The Pro Era. Retrieved 2013-05-06.
- @CapitalSTEEZ_: "The end."
- "Capital STEEZ: King Capital".
- "Controversial symbol shows up along Avenue K in Midwood". News 12 Brooklyn. News 12 Brooklyn. 24 March 2014. Retrieved 21 April 2014.