How many Hip-hop fans want to go back to that 80’s and 90’s hip hop vibe? Well for listeners who don’t already know the messiah for that era has arrived. Joey Bada$$ and the Pro Era crew consisting of Chuck Strangers, Cj Fly, Kirk Knight, A La Soul, Dessy Hinds, Dirty Sanchez, Deymond Lewis, Nyck Caution, Kwon, Rokamouth, and the late Capital STEEZ who recently died on December 24, 2012. The cause of death is not yet known to be, though there are rumors of suicide. I wish the whole Pro Era crew my condolences. As an avid listener and fan of Pro Era, I wish them my condolences.
The Pro Era crew make it known that they really appreciate the Golden Era of hip-hop. Like Nas said, “This for my trapped in the 90’s niggas,” Pro Era definitely makes music for niggas missing the 90’s. These kids are young but ALL of them can rhyme (of course some better than others) and have flow make no mistake about it. This retro hip-hop crew has attracted a lot of veterans in the game and they have worked with legends like MF Doom, 9th Wonder, J Dilla and more (which lets you know that they aren’t on ANY fuck shit).
Their most recent mixtape, “Peep the aPROcalypse” has 17 tracks of that New York vibe. The first track was produced by Statik Selektah. A small segment was sampled by Common’s “Resurrection ‘95” which blends in very nice to the track. The late Capital STEEZ comes in with a beautiful flow, “And I quote, We came like them niggas in boats, still think it’s a joke ya third eye vision is broke/ We lifted from smoke and floating/ that’s how I got my aurora open/ check the horoscopes though, you can say I’m horror scoping.” Lyrics like this are supplied throughout the whole camp. If it wasn’t for the TDE movement Pro Era would probably be my favorite team of 2012.
One of their other tracks comes from Dessy Hinds and Nyck Caution. This track is called “Vinyls,” which is a 5 minute cypher which is FIRE! The lines that killed it for me on this joint is Dessy Hinds part when he says, “That’s just another nigga sitting stoop up in the group only making music cause he want to hear it from the coupe/ Y’all niggas got smart off my verses and palindromes, the closest thing y’all caught in my lines was a sickly syndrome,” mind you that most if not ALL these kids are in high school. That cypher leads into another dope *no pun intended* track called “School High.” Joey, Dyemond Lewis, Kirk Knight, and Nyck Caution assemble to create a great concept of them being in high school while being high. The track is very mellow and is very soulful to place the listener in a laid back mood as if they were really high.
I could go on and on and on about the tracks on this mixtape but I’m not going to. This piece of work is a great breakthrough for Pro Era as a collective. The lyrics and flows provided on this do not disappoint and I highly encourage any lover of hip-hop to download it. These kids have an ear for the 90’s era and they definitely have great taste. However some may feel they do not have their own individual style as far as tracks and that may be true but why not appreciate the classics? I think this camp is solid and I really hope they have a long run. My prayers go to the friends and family of Pro Era member Capital STEEZ who died on Christmas Eve. The game definitely could have used more of what you had to offer to the hip-hop culture.
For more info, peep it here: Pro Era