Last Christmas Eve was a bitter one for underground hip-hop fans as it marked the passing the of up-and-coming Pro Era rapper Capital STEEZ (born Courtney “Jamal” Dewar) who mysteriously killed himself after jumping off a building in Manhattan‘s Flatiron District. STEEZ was undoubtedly one of the most promising and brightest young rappers in New York as he possessed a knack for witty and insightful punchlines was noteworthy, he also coined the popular term “Beast Coast” which signifies the lyrical tenacity of New York City’s spitters. It seemed odd that he would kill himself given that Pro Era was steadily rising within the ranks of hip-hop’s freshman class.
This past week, The Fader released an eye-opening piece on the late lyricist in which all aspects of STEEZ’s life prior to his untimely death were examined.
In the article, we learn about the beginnings of the Brooklyn-based Pro Era crew and Joey Bada$$’ ascension to stardom, STEEZ’s powerful transition into spirituality, his gradual decline into depression, and lastly his death which wasn’t covered in any of the city’s newspapers the following day. In-depth confessionals are given by Pro Era, Jonny Shipes (Bada$$’ manager), and STEEZ’s closest friends. Very intriguing but tragic. Read the full article here.