The clique has long been a staple of Hip Hop, with squads like Run-D.M.C., N.W.A, Public Enemy and Wu-Tang Clan going on to wield immense influence over the genre.
In the last couple of years, the concept of the Hip Hop group has experienced a massive upswing in popularity. Loads of provocative, fresh factions, including Odd Future, Black Hippy, A$AP Mob and the Maybach Music Group crew, have been dominating Rap fans’ attention. The Brooklyn, N.Y.,-based Pro Era (aka the Progressive Era) is another name to add to that list.
Keeping a headcount on this crew is quite the challenge; there were 24 members at one point, but the group’s website currently lists only 12 (including the late Capital STEEZ).
The group’s centerpiece is undoubtedly Joey Bada$$, an MC whose style of smart lyrical firepower harkens back to 1990s Hip Hop, even though Bada$$ didn’t exist until the middle of that decade. This recent high school graduate has two major mixtapes under his belt — last summer’s 1999 and this summer’s Summer Knights — with plans to release a debut album remaining murky. Although Bada$$ rhymes with the speed and clarity of someone much older, he’s still a kid who is very much maturing in the spotlight’s gaze.Other crucial Pro Era names include rapper/beatsmith Kirk Knight, rapper CJ Fly and MC/producer Chuck Strangers. In time, these faces should come into sharper focus, too.
PRO ERA plays Sunday, Aug. 11 at Riverbend Music Center in Anderson Township with guests Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Rocky, B.o.B., Trinidad Jame$ and more. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.