Pro Era Family Tree: Meet The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Crew Spearheaded By Joey Bada$$
Name: Dyemond Lewis
Role: Rapper/Lizard Man
Bio: The output’s not quite there yet, and he only made the cut on Summer Knights when it came to posse cut “Sorry Bonita.” But Dyme’s flow is the laid-back antidote to the grit displayed by some of his cohorts, washing over beats with an effortless flow that would make it seem like he’d barely gotten out of bed, had the lyricism not been on point. His debut solo single “Wordz of the Wize” is delivered over an old-school acid jazz sample that wouldn’t be out of place in a hazy, heroin-heavy jazz club or a soul-soaked blues jam—or, for that matter, as the first cousin to the “Sorry Bonita” beat—while his verse on “School High” doesn’t disappoint. The Supa Slacka—just one of his various aliases—lives up to his nickname for now. Or is it that he’s just found his favored slowed-down tempo in both production and productivity? It’d be nice to hear more from Pro Era’s resident Lizard Man in the near future.
Best Lyric: “I ascend as the seasons go on and I vanish
‘Cause I notice I’m slowly becoming
Way more imbalanced
A king with the crown, firm grip on the chalice”