The Come Up: CJ Fly

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Everyone from Brooklyn’s young rap crew, Pro.Era, had their own coming out party to hip-hop at various times. Joey Bada$$ took the spotlight after 1999 dropped, and you can say the same thing for CJ Fly. He stole the show with his verse on “Hardknock,” followed by the release of his debut mixtape, Thee Way Eye See It, which showed Pro. Era’s talent depth chart runs deep. The 20-year-old is part of a crew with guys who can all rhyme, and all of whom lean more towards the sounds of hip-hop’s golden age as opposed to the mainstream sounds that have dominated the airwaves of hip-hop. That preference is a major attraction to their dedicated fan base.

Having met several crew members, including Joey Bada$$, at Murrow High School in Brooklyn, Pro.Era took off and never looked back. Their amazing run so far has yielded a national tour alongside names such as Wiz Khalifa and A$AP Rocky on the Under the Influence tour, the Smokers Club Tour, and even a collaboration between Fly and A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg. With a variety of projects dropping soon, such as the On Secc$ Tap.e Vol.2, solo projects from Fly, and visuals from Thee Way Eye See It, Pro.Era are on a steady path to accomplish Fly’s goal of being the “best crew to do it in the history of legendary rap groups.” Upper echelon.—Michael Nguyen