Pro Era

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Pro Era
Early photo of Pro Era 2013-11-10 22-57.png
Early photo of Pro Era. (From left to right: Capital STEEZ, Dirty Sanchez, CJ Fly, ROKAmouth Singh, T'nah Apex, Joey Bada$$, Chuck Strangers, A La $ole, Kirk Knight and Kwon Swank)
Background information
Also known as Progressive Era
Origin Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Years active 2009–present
Labels Cinematic Music Group
Associated acts The Underachievers, Flatbush Zombies, Statik Selektah
Website www.theproera.com
Members
  • Joey Bada$$
  • CJ Fly
  • Kirk Knight
  • Nyck Caution
  • Dessy Hinds
  • Chuck Strangers
  • Powers Pleasant
  • Dyemond Lewis
  • A La $ole
  • Rawle
  • Ali
  • Dirty Sanchez
  • ROKAmouth Singh
  • Jakk The Rhymer
  • T'nah Apex
(See members below)
Past members Capital STEEZ

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, 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.[1] Containing a total of around 47 people,[2] the group 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.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5][6] Capital STEEZ was on the list of "Rappers to Watch For in 2013."[7]

Pro Era performed with The Smoker's Club's One Hazy Summer Tour, a 30-date tour that began July 13, 2012.[8] In December of that year, Pro Era released the P.E.E.P: The aPROcalypse group mix tape.[9]

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."[10] He jumped to his death later that night.[11]

2013–present: Touring and mixtapes[edit]

On March 21, 2013, Pro Era participated in the Beast Coast concert tour with The Underachievers and Flatbush Zombies.[12] 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.[13] On December 25, 2013, the group announced that their third mixtape The Secc$ Tap.e 2 would be released on February 14, 2014.[14] As promised, it would be released on that day, as a part of a free-music giveaway coined "Pro Era week".[15] Their next project, The Shift, a free EP was released on May 27, 2014 by Scion AV.[16]

47 logo controversy[edit]

"47" symbol of Pro Era.

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.[17]

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.[17]

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$$
  • CJ Fly
  • Kirk Knight
  • Nyck Caution
  • Dessy Hinds
  • Dyemond Lewis
  • A La $ole
  • Rawle
  • Ali
  • Dirty Sanchez
  • ROKAmouth Singh
  • Jakk The Rhymer
Alex Nordstrom


Record producers
  • Chuck Strangers
  • Powers Pleasant
  • Sür Niles
Non-musical members
  • Junior B
  • Tru
  • Dee Knows
  • Tony Whlgn
  • Kwon Swank

Past members[edit]

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)

Solo discography[edit]

A La $ole
  • The Art Of $ole (2014)
Capital STEEZ
  • AmeriKKKan Korruption (2012)
  • AmeriKKKan Korruption Reloaded (2012)
  • King Capital (Release Date Unknown)
CJ Fly
  • Thee Way Eye See It (2013)
Joey Badass
Nyck Caution
  • The Pursuit, Vol. 1 (2011)

References[edit]

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