Pro Era

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Pro Era
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"47" symbol of Pro Era.
Background information
Also known as Progressive Era
Origin Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Years active 2009–present
Labels Cinematic Music Group
Associated acts The Underachievers, Flatbush Zombies, Statik Selektah, Dyme-A-Duzin, LPC
Members

(List limited to musical members only; see members section below for all group members)

Nyck Caution

  • Dessy Hinds
  • Chuck Strangers
  • Powers Pleasant
  • Dyemond Lewis
  • A La $ole
  • Swankmaster Raw
  • J.A.B.
  • Dirty Sanchez
  • Rokamouth
  • Jakk The Rhymer
Past members

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, Dyemond Lewis, Dessy Hinds, A La $ole, Rawle, Dirty Sanchez, Ali and T'nah Apex, along with producers Chuck Strangers and Powers Pleasant.

Pro Era was formed around 2009 in Brooklyn and was founded by Capital STEEZ, Joey Badass, CJ Fly and Powers Pleasant.[3] Containing a total of around 47 people,[4] the group includes non-musical members such as Tru, Dee Knows, Tony Whlgn and Kwon Swank, who act as promoters, photographers, directors and publicists, among other occupations.[5]

Music career[edit]

2010–2012: Signing to Cinematic Music[edit]

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 Secc$ Tap.e.[6] Starting October 27, 2012 until December 1 Joey Bada$$ went on the first tour for any member of Pro Era. The tour began New York and ended in Virginia but the tour also extended abroad to countries like Switzerland, France, England and the Netherlands. [7]

2012: Rise in popularity and death of Capital STEEZ[edit]

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.[8][9] Capital STEEZ was on the list of "Rappers to Watch For in 2013."[10]

Pro Era performed with The Smoker's Club's One Hazy Summer Tour, a 30-date tour that began July 13, 2012.[11] In December of that year, Pro Era released the P.E.E.P: The aPROcalypse group mix tape.[12]

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."[13] He jumped to his death later that night.[14]

2013–present: Touring and mixtapes[edit]

On March 21, 2013, Pro Era participated in the Beast Coastal concert tour with The Underachievers and Flatbush Zombies.[15] The Beast Coastal concert tour performed all over the United States, the first leg of the tour covered the west coast while the second leg covered the east and midwest, before the tour ended on April 20. Pro Era began a tour of their own on August 29, 2013 at Fort Punta Christo Pula in Croatia and they performed at a variety of venues including New Zealand, Australia and mostly the United States. The tour went on to December 14 and this was technically the first tour in which Pro Era as a group went on tour.[16] 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.[17] On December 25, 2013, the group announced that their third mixtape The Secc$ Tap.e 2 would be released on February 14, 2014.[18] As promised, it would be released on that day, as a part of a free-music giveaway coined "Pro Era week".[19] Their next project, The Shift, a free EP was released on May 27, 2014 by Scion AV.[20]

Pro Era Members Nyck Caution, Kirk Knight, and Joey Bada$$ alongside rapper A$AP Rocky at the Under the Influence Tour show in Toronto Canada (August 10, 2013)

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2014[edit]

Due to the coming release of his debut studio album, B4.Da.$$ which was released January 13 2015, Joey Bada$$ began a long world tour alongside Pro Era. The tour started on August 8, 2014 in Norway before they went on to tour the U.S. for weeks until reaching they're Europe leg of the tour which began in England on November 18 making stops in countries like France, the Netherlands, Australia, Denmark, Belgium, Croatia, Switzerland, and Germany.[22] Unfortunately, Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era decided to cut the tour short while in Australia due to the death of member, and cousin of Joey Bada$$, Junior B.[23]

After Bada$$' debut album was released, he stated in an interview that Kirk Knight, Nyck Caution, and CJ Fly will be releasing new music in 2015. He also announced an upcoming Pro Era album as well as a follow up on Captial STEEZ' posthumous album.

2015[edit]

Pro Era producer and rapper Kirk Knight began his first tour with fellow Cinematic Music Group artist, Chicago rapper Mick Jenkins, without any other musical artists within Pro Era, on February 13, 2015 and will continue to February 27. They will tour the United States and make stops throughout the country.[24]

47 logo controversy[edit]

The design of one of Pro Era's logos has sparked controversy due to its similarity to the Nazi flag. Like the Nazi flag, the sticker has a red field with a solid white circle. Instead of a swastika, the circular white field of the sticker contains a wolfsangel which is also associated with Nazism and Neo-Nazism and bears resemblance to the swastika. 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.[25]

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.[25]

Members[edit]

CJ Fly (left) and Joey Badass (right) at the Under the Influence Tour in Toronto, Canada on August 10, 2013.

Current members[edit]

Musical artists
  • Joey Bada$$
  • Capital STEEZ (deceased)
  • CJ Fly
  • Dessy Hinds
  • Kirk Knight
  • Nyck Caution
  • Dyemond Lewis
  • A La $ole
  • Swankmaster Raw
  • Dirty Sanchez
  • Rokamouth
  • J.A.B.
  • Jakk The Rhymer
Record producers
  • Powers Pleasant
  • Chuck Strangers
  • Kirk Knight
  • Bruce Leekix
  • Statik Selektah
  • Lee Bannon
  • Sür Niles
  • Hans SOLO
Non-musical members
  • Dee Knows
  • Tony Whlgn
  • Kwon Swank
  • Junior B (deceased)

Discography[edit]

Mixtapes[edit]

  • The Secc$ TaP.E. (2012)
  • P.E.E.P: The aPROcalypse (2012)
  • The Secc$ TaP.E. 2 (2014)
  • The Shift (2014)

Albums[edit]

  • TBA (2015)

Solo discography[edit]

Capital STEEZ
  • The Yellow Tape (2010)
  • AmeriKKKan Korruption (2012)
  • AmeriKKKan Korruption Reloaded (2012)
  • King Capital (2015)
CJ Fly
  • Thee Way Eye See It (2013)
Joey Bada$$
Nyck Caution
  • The Pursuit, Vol. 1 (2011)
J.A.B.
  • Black Gold (2015)

References[edit]

  1. ^ STEEZ committed suicide on December 23, 2012; however, several of his posthumous works are being actively released by Pro Era.
  2. ^ "Pro Era's Junior B Has Died". Hot New Hip Hop. Hot New Hip Hop. 6 December 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  3. ^ [1] XXL Magazine, 7/30/13
  4. ^ [2] Pro Era, Rising Rap Collective, Hits Connecticut
  5. ^ http://www.complex.com/music/2014/02/who-is-pro-era/
  6. ^ The Seccs Tape The Smokers Club, 2/14/12
  7. ^ "Tours". theproera.com. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "38. Joey Bada$$, 1999 — The 50 Best Albums of 2012". Complex. 2012-12-18. Retrieved 2013-05-06. 
  9. ^ "HipHopDX's Top 10 Mixtapes Of 2012 | Discussing Lil' Wayne, Drake & Many More Hip Hop Artists". HipHop DX. 2012-12-31. Retrieved 2013-05-06. 
  10. ^ [3] Hip Hop DX , Rappers to Watch for in 2013
  11. ^ Horowitz, J, Steven One Hazy Summer Tour Hiphopdx.com, 7/13/12
  12. ^ "Pro Era - Peep The Aprocalypse". The Pro Era. Retrieved 2013-05-06. 
  13. ^ @CapitalSTEEZ_: "The end."
  14. ^ "Capital STEEZ: King Capital". 
  15. ^ http://www.thefader.com/2013/05/23/documentary-joey-bada-and-pro-eras-beast-coastal-tour/
  16. ^ "Tours". theproera.com. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  17. ^ http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2013/04/wiz-khalifa-reveals-under-the-influence-2-tour-lineup-dates/
  18. ^ http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2013/12/pro-era-dropping-new-mixtape-february/
  19. ^ http://www.complex.com/music/2014/02/pro-era-secc-tape-2
  20. ^ http://www.factmag.com/2014/05/15/brooklyn-crew-pro-era-announce-sample-free-ep-the-shift-hear-extortion/
  21. ^ "OK-Tho.com's Top 25 Artists of 2013" http://www.ok-tho.com/2014/01/top-of-year-deans-list-top-25-artists.html
  22. ^ theproera.com http://theproera.com/tour/archive/. Retrieved 14 February 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  23. ^ Beauchemin, Molly. "Joey Bada$$ Shares B4.DA.$$ Tracklist, Cancels European Tour". Pitchfork.com. Molly Beauchemin. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  24. ^ "Kirk Knight Tour". theproera.com. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  25. ^ a b "Controversial symbol shows up along Avenue K in Midwood". News 12 Brooklyn. News 12 Brooklyn. 24 March 2014. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 

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