Behind The Beat: Kirk Knight
"In 2016, instrumentals are more important than rap. Producers be doing a lot," says 20-year-old Pro Era member Kirk Knight, who both raps and produces. But his heart really lies in the latter craft. Though he considers production to be the prime component of today's trending sounds -- "rap that makes you feel yourself" -- he's always had a special admiration for what a producer can bring to a song, pointing out that Jay Z couldn't have made the song cry without Just Blaze.
Raury's RAURFEST 2016 Will Host Joey Bada$$, Kirk Knight, Lion Babe & More
It's been a while since Raury last dropped off new music, but in case you were wondering how he's been holding up, the eclectic 20-year-old already has his own festival, RAURFEST, which is now in its third year. And this year's festival, taking place on Saturday, July 2, is absolutely free. This year's headliners are Joey Bada$$ and, of course, Raury himself. Also on the lineup is another Pro Era member in Kirk Knight as well as Kilo Kish and the duo known as Lion Babe. More acts will be announced soon.
Stream Kirk Knight's Beat Tape "DUST"
Kirk Knight has blessed fans with a new 10-track instrumental album called DUST. The project is compromised entirely of beats from unmixed, unmastered beats from 2013 and is available to purchase for $7 via Bandcamp.
Yams Day 2016 Recap
The inaugural Yams Day got off to an inauspicious start, as a shortage of security guards led to a bottleneck at the entrance to Manhattan's Terminal 5, thus forcing thousands of eager fans to wait outside the venue for an hour or more, in a temperature that can only be described as cold-as-balls.
10 Essential Kirk Knight Tracks
Kirk Knight is best known for his prominent role alongside Joey Bada$$ and the Pro Era click. He's produced a handful of Joey's tracks along with being featured on Pro Era tapes and on some of the member's solo projects. Until now, he's mostly played the sidekick, but come Friday, his debut full-length will be released, making Knight a published MC.
Stream Kirk Knight's Debut Project "Late Knight Special"
Kirk Knight has been in the hip hop periphery since he spit a guest verse on Joey Bada$$'s 2012 breakout mixtape 1999, and has long been considered Pro Era's next up. After dropping up three fire tracks in the last couple, months. he now shares his debut project Late Knight Special.
Staff Picks Playlist (October 2)
It's everyone's favorite day of the week. Friday. While we stare at the clock for the next two or three hours and count down every single second until the work day (/school day) finishes, we've rounded up our favorite Soundcloud releases from the past week for the weekly Staff Picks playlist. Last week we got pretty indie on you guys, but this week we have more of a balance between underground/rising artists and established dudes. You'll also see how the playlist gets increasingly ratchet as it wears on. Give it play tonight or during your weekend activities.
Tracklist Revealed For Kirk Knight's Debut Album "Late Knight Special"
Kirk Knight is next up from the Pro Era camp, and on October 30th he’ll have his chance to deliver when he releases his anticipated debut album Late Knight Special. Tonight, the project was made available for pre-orders on iTunes, giving us the opportunity to see who we can expect to hear on it.
Kirk Knight Announces Debut Album, "Late Knight Special"
Kirk Knight seems to be next up from Pro Era, now that Joey Bada$$ has his debut album B4.DA.$$ out of the way. Last night, Ebro premiered Kirk's second single on Apple Music's Beats 1 radio, and this morning, the New York native follows that up with the official album announcement, including the title and expected release.
Kirk Knight's Debut Project "LKS" Due Out In September
During a recent show at SOB's in New York City, Kirk Knight informed the crowd that he will release his first ever solo project LKS in September, according to a report from Bluntiq.
Ticket Giveaway: Mick Jenkin's Tour With Kirk Knight
Cinematic Music Group and Pro Era are teaming up to bring you a tour with Mick Jenkins and Kirk Knight during the month of February. Mick and Kirk have announced several spots across the U.S. that they'll be hitting in the coming month, kicking off a few days ago in Cleveland Heights. Now that the tour is underway, we're giving a pair of tickets to one lucky winner for the city of their choosing. Take a look at the tour dates below to find out when Mick and Kirk will be in your area, and then follow the instructions to win. Good luck!
Mick Jenkins & Kirk Knight Announce Joint Tour
Chicago's Mick Jenkins and Pro Era's Kirk Knight may hail from different cities and run with different crews, but after they linked up on Jenkins' "Jerome," it was clear that they're birds of a feather. The duo's just announced a joint tour for February. Check out the dates below.