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5 Years After “1999,” Joey Bada$$ Is Still Fighting To Restore New York’s Place In Hip-Hop (Video)

Today (June 12) is the fifth anniversary of Joey Bada$$' releasing his 1999 mixtape. The Brooklyn, New York MC used that opportunity to make a powerful impression on Hip-Hop. Starting with debut video single "Survival Tactics," featuring Capital STEEZ, he brought a colorful crew and retro style with him. In... Read more

Troy Ave Defends His Attacks On Capital STEEZ & Details His Shooting (Video)

Troy Ave's career has massively changed since his 2015 album, Major Without A Deal. The Brooklyn, New York MC independently rose through the ranks to reach the Top 200 charts, with an LP that included appearances by 50 Cent, Puff Daddy, Cam'ron, Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Ma$e, and Fabolous. At least... Read more

Ab-Soul Pulls Out The Big Guns And Declares War On Jay Electronica & Troy Ave (Video)

Although it endured several fits and starts throughout the year, Ab-Soul's latest album arrived on Friday (December 9), and with it came some of his finest work to date. Do What Thou Wilt, like other Soulo albums, is dense material, requiring several listens, but his varied flows and selection of... Read more

Ab-Soul Hasn’t Forgotten Who Dissed Kendrick. This Black Hippy Goes To War. (Audio)

In February of this year, just hours before Kendrick Lamar's Grammy Awards grabs, Jay Electronica declared war. The Roc Nation veteran, who had stood beside K-Dot during 2013's "Control" moment, turned his pen on his former partner. "Curse Of Mayweather" pulled no punches. The song was out to throw hay-makers,... Read more

The Legend of Capital STEEZ Remains Alive In A Colorful New Video

Today (August 26), Pro Era has released a visual treatment for "Herban Legend," a song by the late Brooklyn, New York rapper Capital STEEZ. The song itself was released in 2012, but in a move that helps keep his memory alive, the team he helped found and lead opted to... Read more

Activist DeRay McKesson Named Keynote Speaker For 2016 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

Known for bringing some of the most historic and livest performances to New York City's Brooklyn borough, the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival is not just a place to catch memorable moments in music. Now in its 12th season, BKHHF (and Brooklyn Bodega) continues to organize and host panels, workshops, exhibitions, and... Read more

Joey Bada$$ Talks Enlightenment, Spirituality & His Respect For 50 Cent & DMX (Video)

With his album B4.DA.$$ near completion, Joey Bada$$ sits down with Montreality for an interview that delves into a wide variety of topics including his late friend and Pro Era affiliate Capital STEEZ (1:59), his new found interest in reading (3:26), the controversy surrounding the Pro Era symbol (4:11), his... Read more

Joey Bada$$ & Statik Selektah Play An Hour-Long Mix Of Pro Era’s Finest Moments (Audio)

Statik Selektah has been one of the early adopters to the Pro Era sound. The ShowOff CEO and longtime radio (terrestrial and satellite) staple dropped quite a few needles on Joey Bada$$ and his cohorts before labels, big studios, or major features were ever involved. As Joey lends his mic... Read more

Pro Era Uncovers Unreleased Music From The Late Capital STEEZ (Audio)

Retro samples from MF Doom's "?" and retro flows from the late Capital STEEZ and Jakk Tha Rhymer, who began their rapping careers as the group 3rd Kind in 2009, hit the airwaves in the form of the track, "Shooting Stars." STEEZ's bars have been cleaned up for the single,... Read more

RIP Capital Steez Who Passed Away 1 Year Ago Today. Here’s a New Video For His 47 Piiirates (Video)

Pro Era's Capital STEEZ tragically passed away 1 year ago today at the age of 19. To celebrate his life, here's a creative new video for STEEZ's 47 Piiirates which features footage of STEEZ, Dirty Sanchez and Joey Bada$$. RIP Captial STEEZ. Related: Capital STEEZ – KING STEELO (Audio)... Read more

Capital STEEZ – KING STEELO

Salute to Capital STEEZ who would have been 20 years old today. Here's a track off his forthcoming posthumous project, King Capital. Check out KING STEELO. Related: Pro Era – Like Water (Video)... Read more

Pro Era – Like Water (Video)

Pro Era handle the absence of Capital STEEZ with grace and respect in the new video for Like Water, which features Joey Bada$$, CJ Fly and STEEZ. RIP Captial STEEZ. Related: Pro Era – Overseas (Video)... Read more

Capital STEEZ – Apex (Video)

Here's a previously unreleased video from the late Capital STEEZ. Check out Apex. Related: Capital STEEZ Freestyle (Video)... Read more

Pro Era – Maxwell

Some members of Pro Era (Dirty Sanchez, Rockamouth and the late Capital STEEZ) go in over a RIDICULOUS flip of a choice Maxwell cut. Aptly, the track is called Maxwell. Take a listen below, and get ready to press rewind. Related: Pro Era – Toca Tuesdays Freestyle (Video)... Read more

AFH: The Presidential Playlist (Audio)

Here's a Presidential Playlist through the lens of hip-hop. You'll hear music about dead presidents (Biggie, Rakim, Nas, Joey Bada$$), presidential impact (NWA, dead prez, Crooklyn Dodgers), presidential dreams (2Pac, Jay-Z, Gang Starr, Kurtis Blow, Run-D.M.C.) and more. You can listen to the entire playlist here and a shortened version... Read more

Joey Bada$$ interview with Sway (Part 2) (Video)

Here's part 2 of Joey Bada$$' interview with Sway. In this clip, Joey talks about his love life and the loss of Pro Era Crew member Capital STEEZ. After, he spits 4 blazing hot verses over some classic tracks and gets the enthusiastic co-sign from Sway. Check out the video... Read more

Capital STEEZ Freestyle (Video)

Here's a video of what is reported to be Capital STEEZ's last freestyle. He is flowing over the classic NY State of Mind track Primo crafted for Nas. His part starts at the 1:25 mark. Here's the video. Related: Statik Selektah's Capital STEEZ Tribute Mix... Read more

RIP Pro Era’s Capital Steez

Tragically, the Pro Era standout took his own life at the age of 19. This comes right on the heels of the release of Pro Era's critically acclaimed PEEP: The Aprocalypse. Our deepest condolences go out to Pro Era and his family. You can celebrate his life through listening to... Read more