Courtesy of XXL, we are able to hear what is likely the last verse 19-year-old Pro Era and Joey Bada$$ affiliate Capital STEEZ recorded before his tragic death December 23, 2012. In it, STEEZ raps about his disdain for modern rappers and their limited subject matter, and makes it clear that he has potential to rise above them all. It's a shame he never got a chance to do that. The verse was recorded for SMTH's mixtape "The SMTH Project."
Despite his untimely death, his legacy lives on in the Beast Coast movement as a whole, with artists like Pro Era, Flatbush Zombies and the Underachievers creating some phenomenal music in the last year or so. Many call it a renaissance for New York hip-hop, and much of the credit for this style's resurgence and notoriety can be traced to the Joey Bada$$ song "Survival Tactics," which STEEZ was featured on.
Some sad news to pass along on this Christmas Eve morning, as Pro Era emcee Capital Steez has passed away at the young age of 19. There has been no cause of death officially determined, but speculation is that he took his own life, with a chilling "The End." being his last tweet. Joey Bada$$ tweeted this, confirming Capital's death:
This unfortunate xmas eve.. Lost a best friend, a brother, a pro, a partner. Letting go is never easy.. May ur soul rest in peace Jamal.. RIP CAPITAL STEEZ!!! 7.7.93 – 12.24.12. SICK TO MY STOMACH… it just haven’t been the same since my homies death…. MOST PRAISE TO THE MOST HIIGHHHHHHHHHHHH. part of me still doesn’t believe this.
This comes off the heels of Pro Era's new project, Peep: The Aprocalypse, this weekend. R.I.P. to a rising Brooklyn artist, Capital Steez.
Being that I'm from New York my taste in music has always geared towards the old school hip hop that I was raised around. Thankfully that raunchy New York street rap hasn't fallen off just yet. PRO ERA has been a personal favorite of mine since they hit the scene. Nothing but straight head knockers every time I heard a track off of any mixtapes I've recently bumped like Joey Bada$$: 1999 mixtape or Capital STEEZ: AmeriKKKan Korruption. Now they've all come together & released PEEP: The aPROcalypse just last night. I don't know what it is but this type of hip hop always had a home in my music library. Do your self the favor & download this free tape before the holidays end. Bump it as loud as you can... just don't get your parents or neighbors looking at you crazy... if they already don't.