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.
Steez Day Line-Up Includes Pro Era, ASAP Mob, Danny Brown & More
The other week, Joey Bada$$ revealed that the annual Steez Day, a music festival honoring his late Pro Era member Capital Steez, would be relocating from Brooklyn to L.A. this year. We didn't have the line-up at that time, but with tickets going on sale tomorrow at Noon, Joey has just unveiled the artists this morning.
Pro Era's Steez Day Festival Is Moving To The West Coast This Year
Despite being a New Yorker to the core, Joey Bada$$ is heading west for a less muggy climate. Specifically, he’s moving his Steez Day Festival, which debuted at Central Park’s Summer Stage in 2015, to the west coast. The inaugural Steez Day Festival featured Pro Era, Flatbush Zombies, The Underachievers, Smoke DZA, A$AP Ferg and more, all gathering for the purpose of raising money for Steez’s family.
Joey Bada$$ Says He Wants Pro Era To Be As Big As Supreme
While out at Coachella, Joey Bada$$ got a very important fashion co-sign by appearing in the pages of storied fashion magazine Vogue. The interview covered a range of topics, but centered on his crew Pro Era and their aspirations in the streetwear game.
Joey Bada$$ Turned Down A Deal With Roc Nation Because He Wants To Become Jay Z
Joey Bada$$ has continued his rise to prominence through 2016, releasing new music and even getting casted in a major television show. They young Brooklyn rapper sat down with DJ Whoo Kid on his Shade 45 show to discuss a few things, and revealed the details of the time he almost signed to Jay Z’s Roc Nation, but ended up turning the deal down.
Joey Bada$$ Offers Final Thoughts On Troy Ave
UPDATE (3/6/16 2:27am) Troy has deleted his Instagram post, though you can see the attached "Revenge of the Nerds" meme in the above gallery. UPDATE: And just like that, Troy Ave has responded with a lengthy Instagram post of his own as well as a meme that shows Joey photoshopped into a poster for the film "Revenge of the Nerds." The meme is a reference to a line on Troy's new diss track, "Bad Ass": "If it really was the '90s, you'll be titled as a herb / If ya movie was biography, 'Revenge of the Nerds.'"
Joey Bada$$ Cast In Season 2 Of "Mr. Robot"
Rappers are always trying to make the crossover into acting, some with more success than others. The latest emcee to head for Hollywood might surprise you though, because he really hasn’t been in the game long enough for it to become stale for him. Joey Bada$$ is that rapper.
Nyck Caution Is Dropping A Project This Week
We knew Nyck Caution was going to have an enormous 2016 on January 15, when he dropped three fire tracks to celebrate his 22nd birthday. The 22 EP, as it is called, served as a prelude to Caution's first project since 2011's The Pursuit, Vol. 1. Sunday afternoon, he shared the project's title and cover art on Instagram.
Joey Bada$$ Announces Dyemond Lewis' Departure From Pro Era
Pro Era collective has become synonymous with New York rap these days, one of the more prominent crews putting on for the Beast Coast with what is truly an NY sound-- unlike their crew counterparts, ASAP Mob, that may be putting on for NYC with a not-so-NYC sound.
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.
De La Soul, Pro Era & More To Perform At J Dilla Weekend 2016
New Era and Ma Dukes (J Dilla’s mom) have unveiled the full lineup for the upcoming J Dilla Weekend 2016, honoring the late beatmaker and emcee. This is the second J Dilla weekend, after the event in 2015 was deemed a “resounding success” by the organizers. The event will take place in Miami, Florida, at a to be determined venue.
The Obamas' 10 Most Hip Hop Moments
President Obama recently made headlines when he announced that his favorite song from the year was Kendrick Lamar's "How Much A Dollar Cost?" If there's one year-end list you want to be on, it's the President's. Our current commander-in-chief, and his family, have been the most culturally-savvy first family that this country has ever had, and a big portion of that is how their names continuously pop up next to hip hop culture.
10 Essential Kirk Knight Tracks
Kirk Knight is best known for his prominent role alongside Joey Bada$$ and the Pro Era click. He's produced a handful of Joey's tracks along with being featured on Pro Era tapes and on some of the member's solo projects. Until now, he's mostly played the sidekick, but come Friday, his debut full-length will be released, making Knight a published MC.
Kirk Knight Announces Debut Album, "Late Knight Special"
Kirk Knight seems to be next up from Pro Era, now that Joey Bada$$ has his debut album B4.DA.$$ out of the way. Last night, Ebro premiered Kirk's second single on Apple Music's Beats 1 radio, and this morning, the New York native follows that up with the official album announcement, including the title and expected release.
Kirk Knight's Debut Project "LKS" Due Out In September
During a recent show at SOB's in New York City, Kirk Knight informed the crowd that he will release his first ever solo project LKS in September, according to a report from Bluntiq.
Joey Bada$$ Announces 1st Annual "Steez Day" Festival
This past Christmas Eve marked two years since Pro Era member Captial Steez's tragic death, and since leaving us, he's been sorely missed, especially by his bro Joey Bada$$. To commemorate his late friend, the Pro Era honcho is launching an annual event called "Steez Day" to benefit the rapper's family.
Rappers Share Their Smoking Preferences For 4/20
Today may not be a government-mandated holiday, but for those who advocate a green lifestyle, it's just as important as any other statutory holiday. Rap music has a special niche for all the weed smokers out there, however it's really transcended that niche genre and has become pretty common-place. Every other song has a reference (or three) about lighting up/rolling up/smoking up. It's safe to say we don't need a reason to smoke, but hey, we'll take one.
10 Things To Do On 4/20
The holidaze are finally here, and instead of waking up and giddily running to the tree like we did on Christmas morning, we lethargically roll over and smoke trees, and go down the lazy river that is 4/20. Whether you’re new to this form of recreation and are unsure about the traditions, or you’re a veteran stoner looking for a way to spice up your special day, we've got a few possibilities on deck to keep the good vibes going. Click along as we go through the ten best ways to ring in the most important day of the year for pot-smokers.