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Pro Era - "Like Water"


East Coast boom bap crew Pro Era, which counts Joey Bada$$ amongst its members, put out their PEEP: The aPROcalypse mixtape on December 21 last year. Three days afterward, member Capital Steez was discovered dead. Pro Era has released this video dedicated to his memory.

"Like Water" was the first track on PEEP: The aPROcalypse, but the context feels differently now. When it was initially released, it felt like the introductory statement to a formative chapter in the story of a rising group of youthful, passionate individuals; now, it feels like a eulogy. But it is not a particularly downcast one, and its new video follows. Pro Era pays respect to their late friend with a sense of pride in his image, spray painting a mural of his face on the rooftop of a large building. It seems to symbolize not only the immortality of Steez's legacy, but also the group's decision to let it influence their art rather than set them back.

Watch a video for the Pro Era mixtape below:

Joey Bada$$ - "World Is Bond"

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Joey Bada$$ has definitely cemented a place in the underground hip-hop scene with his 1991 mixtape and Pro Era group mixtape PEEP: the aPROcalypse characterized for his long wordplay filled bars and boom bap styled production.

"World Is Bond" is set to be on his upcoming album Summer Knights the follow up to his mixtape  and it seems like he is continuing in the same direction almost exactly with this track. Of course with added recognition his production has received a step up in budget and it feels like Statik Selektah the producer on this track is a perfect match for Joey. The beat is filled with a classic sounding piano loop over top of a great heavy head bobbing kick and snare reminiscent to a lot of the beats on 1991.

Joey is continuing to grow as an MC though with the complexity and messages within his verses maturing as he does. It is always interesting to see how an artist develops and while I don't expect anything too different from his past releases on Summer Knights that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Lil B and Joey Bada$$ Are Beefing?

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It seems two of the larger figures in underground hip hop are at it right now, and trading shots in new tracks in an age where most hip hop stars are just content to keep most confrontations on Twitter.

I'm surprised it went as far as these two cuts, which are both pretty decent tracks from B and Joey. Both of 'em sound hungry, confident, and aggressive over well-produced instrumentals. It's entertainment at the end of the day, but I'd support more headbutting between these guys if we continue to get tracks like this.

Oh, and I all think we know where the title of Joey's track came from. R.I.P. STEEZ.

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Capital Steez- AmeriKKKan Korruption Reloaded

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Download: Capital Steez- AmeriKKKan Korruption Reloaded Up-and-coming MC and member of collective Pro Era, home to fellow buzzing rapper Joey Bada$$, Capital Steez recently released AmeriKKKan Korruption Reloaded--which is an expanded version of his debut mixtape AmeriKKKan Korruption. In addition to the fourteen initially released songs, the tape boasts seven bonus tracks that weren't included on the original. Stream it and grab a free download above.

Similar to Joey Bada$$, Capital Steez's voice gives him away as being clearly young, but by no means does that suggest that he is an amateurish rapper. With confident, assured flow and engaging lyricism, Capital Steez is anything but, and his age feels less like an indication of lack of experience than an exciting reminder that he is just getting started. The production choices are stellar as well, covering artists such as Madlib, DOOM, Free the Robots, DJ Premier, Joey Bada$$, and others. Especially considering that this is only his first mixtape, Capital Steez seems to have a promising future ahead of him.

CJ Fly- "The Beat Grinder" ft. Capital STEEZ

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Pro Era Mc's CJ Fly and Capital STEEZ are probably best known for their featured songs on the Joey Badass mixtape 1999 that blew up from the songs "Survival Tactics" and "Hardknock".

Now that the hype around that tape has died down these two are looking to steal a bit of the spotlight for themselves. They definitely have my attention rapping over one of my favorite Madlib beats and they totally hold their own on it, too. They don't have the most exciting flows out there by any stretch, but it's easy to see that they will only improve from where they are now. Just like with their tracks on the 1999 tape they have a lot of clever wordplay that makes them feel more distinct in comparison to other rappers in a similar age range. These two do sound good together and if they are working on a mixtape together I will gladly give it a listen.