Jamal Dewar, better known as Capital Steez, is one of the founding members of the Brooklyn Hip Hop crew Pro Era. His latest video 135 released just a few days ago sadly represents the last piece from Capital Steez. On Christmas Eve 2012 19-year-old Jamal chose to end his life and we lost a talented artist, a mother lost a son and a crew lost a brother. His last message was left on Twitter and simply stated “The End.” I can’t speak on the personal reasons he had for ending his life at such a young age; what impossible problems were troubling him that he thought the only way out was by physically ending his life. I didn’t know him, but through his music I felt like I did. He built every verse with a clear voice and thoughtfulness of a true poet and executed it with the spirit and heart of a champion. So we mourn the loss of a real artist who helped start a revolution and began a Progressive Era in Hip Hop. Please download his free album AmeriKKKAN Korruption and help keep his music alive. He left us with a small but powerful body of music and we’re lucky to have it.
I remember something my grandfather used to say “I wonder how many people I have changed and influenced in my life.” I wish I could have told Jamal how many thousands of people he changed and influenced in his. I hope he knows it now.
RIP Capital Steez. We will never forget you.
Brooklyn based Uproot Andy released a tropical 4/4 version of “Fock Me Avontade feat MC Gringo & MC Nem” on MAN RECORDINGS yesterday. He stays true to that Bali Funk style and incorporates some tasty house beats that enhances the rhythm creating a banger to get those butts shaking on the dance floor. Originally recorded in Rio De Janeiro in 2009 it has since then seen some great remixes. A personal favorite of mine is from those Bavarian Bass Hoodlums Schlachthofbronx. They’ve been a secret weapon of choice in my arsenal for some time. You can pick up the 4 track EP which includes the original Schlachthofbronx mix at
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New York City presents Dyme A Duzin premiering his New video “Swank Sinatra” with Pro Era guest MC’s Joey Bada$$, Capital Steez, & CJ Fly . These kids are taking Hip Hop to the next level by incorporating that Boom Boom Bap that Hip Hop has been missing so much.
Caught Brooklyn duo some times trio BLKKATHY’s latest track “Shake You Off” on the The Fader soundcloud stream. I believe it’s BLKKATHY’s best tune yet out of the only handful they’ve released on their Soundcloud page. If your not familiar with BLKKATHY it’s Bass music casted in a more subdued light conveying a more sad and darker side of pop. They’ve released a free EP on Deepellumrecords you can pick that up Here.
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Brooklyn Based underground artist Angel Haze has taken Eminem’s track “Cleaning Out My Closet” and thrown down some frank and straight forward lyrics of her own sexual abuse. Deeply introspective and powerful she commands your attention as she releases her inner demons sharing her personal experience of being raped and sodomized at the age of 7. She lays it all out, holding nothing back, taking you with her as she re-lives those painful moments. Gritty raw and bold, this is self-expression at its highest level and the kind of honesty in music that keeps the world in balance from all the superficial crap. Her new EP Classick is out tomorrow 10.25.12 pick it up.
“The makings of a legend are often hidden in trails,” “So just be strong and just move on and just accept what you can, because it makes your story better when you read it [at the] end.”
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Were always glad to hear from Max Tannone because it always means new music. His latest mashup album Mic Check 1234 blends some killer Hip-Hop tracks with some classic punk anthems creating an energetic sound that will keep you bouncing. It’s a free download like all of his projects. Make sure and check out his site Maxtannone.com for his other mash-ups.
Capital Steez and his partner in Rhyme Joey Bada$$ are getting ready to claim 2012. Their Brooklyn crew Progressive Era is blowing up and breathing new life into Hip-Hop with a raw sound that projects sincerity and honesty two quality’s that is hard to come by in the rap game. Capital Steeze was a standout performance in Joey Bada$$’s “Survival Tactics” and his new video Vibe Ratings is the first visual off his free LP “American Koruption” (download free here). “Vibe Ratings” showcases Steez’s playful charismatic lyrical word play against some big burly beats that are guaranteed to get that heading nodding. This is top shelf and worth a spin or two.
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Joey Bada$$ from Brooklyn NY is making some noise on the inter-web and having some problems keeping up with all of his new fans, because as he states “I have homework to do.” This 17-year-old Junior in High school seems to have his priorities straight and is throwing down some beats and lyrics that gives us hope for the future of Hip Hop. Check out is latest “Survival Tactics” and “Waves” a freebie download. All links for proper social network stalking are given below.
“I want to bring the golden-age back. I want to bring back real music, you know? Meaningful songs, stuff like that. I don’t want to do ‘hip-pop,’ I don’t support hip-pop, I want to do Hip Hop. That’s like basically my goal is bringing back the Golden Age. It’s not to say I’m against things that are coming out today, I’m not against anything but I’m all for the golden age of Hip Hop. What I call Hip Hop is like, it has to be special. None of that Pop shit. [Laughs] I can’t really like describe it.”
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