Pro Era Family Tree: Meet The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Crew Spearheaded By Joey Bada$$


Joey Bada$$ burst onto the hip-hop scene last year with his 1999 mixtape, a dedication to early-1990s boom-bap rap, and a whole crew behind him proudly touting their Pro Era credentials. In the intervening year, the P.E. Conglomerate has released a collaborative mixtape, PEEP: The aPROcalypse, and supported Joey as he released his Summer Knights tape this July and went on a whirlwind tour earlier this year alongside Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers. Yet despite Joey’s insistence on bringing his crew along with him—he’ll rarely do interviews without at least one other Pro Era member by his side, and often insists on keeping production and features on his releases in-house—many of Pro Era’s myriad MCs and producers have skated by under the radar, quietly putting out singles and contributing verses to posse cuts without raising much noise in the mainstream scene. Now, after the release of Summer Knights and with a slew of Pro Era projects slated to come out later this year, XXL has dug deep into the crew’s back catalog to give you the rundown on some of the major players—both rappers and producers, artists and hype men, third eye aficionados and hook specialists—that together help to make up Pro Era.—Dan Rys (@danrys)

Joey Bada$$ | Capital STEEZ | CJ Fly | Kirk Knight

Chuck Strangers | A La $ole | Dessy Hinds | Dyemond Lewis

Nyck Caution | Dirty Sanchez | Rokamouth | Affiliates

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  • Gazaunga

    RIP Capital Steez

    • rdx

      he was the best one in this group

      • Tanvir Ofwgkta

        shut up faggot

        • Thulani Xulu

          joey has a really nice flow.i respect steez but they are on same level with joey.R.I.P Steelo

  • M

    STEEZ was the leader, when they gonna get that shit right.

    • Doug Linares

      Joey Bada$$ and Capital STEEZ are the the leaders, get that shit right dickhead.

    • datnikkadatkilledu

      nooo Bada$$ always was the boss and leader fuck out of here why you mad?

      • Matt

        Capital STEEZ was the one who had the idea to create Pro Era..Survival Tactics was HIS IDEA how was Joey always the boss? Get your facts straight.

  • Lucky Luke

    you forgot Godmind with Ak.

  • Baphomet

    not one mention of STEEZ? considering BEASTCOAST was his idea, and being one of pro eras 4 forming members? And Badass burst on the scene with survival tactics with STEEZ which brought them to a new level of recognition. get your shit straight or don’t say nothin!!

  • Baphomet

    I’m talking about the main introduction page, it wasn’t the mixtape 1999 that got the hype, it was that single that ended up being on it

  • Doug Linares

    yo you know STEEZ had a mixtape out. plus these aint even half smh fans know way more than dumbass bloggers. GTFO MAKE A BETTER ONE OR DELETE THIS ONE CAUSE YALL GOING TO RECEIVE HATE.

  • King L

    Definitely wasn’t his best lyric, why doesn’t this page even mention AmeriKKKan korruption?

    R.I.P Steez

  • datnikkadatkilledu

    Joey Bada$$ is the best. fuck you butt hurt KIng cap steez fans. whether ya like it or not joey is forever the boss and and leader of the pro era. fuck ya haters fuck ya.

    • listenfool

      bro why so fckn negative if u dont believe STEEZ was the best then go tell joey because even joey/all the beast coast members said he was the best in the whole movement (fact)

  • ilove

    how about theres is no leader its a group with equal power on the decisions that they make

  • CapSteez

    Why not mention AmeriKKKan Korruption from STEEZ and The Pursuit V.1 from Nick Caution? Both mixtapes are sublime.