The Brooklyn Hip-Hop collective, "Pro Era" houses some of the most talented and skilled MC's from the area such as, "Joey Bada$$", "Kirk Knight", "Nyck Caution" and the oldest member of the crew, "Chaine Downer Jr." who is better known as, "CJ Fly".
As one of the founding fathers of Pro Era, CJ Fly's love for Hip-Hop was developed at a early age during the numerous lunch room cypher sessions with his Pro's Joey and the late great MC, "Capital STEEZ". Not too long after Joey and STEEZ dropped the video for their critically acclaimed collaboration, "Survival Tactics", Pro Era would gear up to release their first collective mixtapes in 2012 that included, "The Secc$ Tap.e" and "PEEP: The aPROcalypse". Although CJ Fly made impressive lyrical debuts on tracks from their first two mixtapes on songs such as, "Like Water" and "Overseas", CJ would make his presence undeniable off Joey's critically acclaimed project, "1999" on the songs, "Hardknock" and "Suspect".
These impressive performances on wax primed CJ perfectly for the release of his first solo project named, "Thee Way Eye See It" that has CJ introducing himself via his impressive lyrical and songwriting abilities to Hip-Hop's arena over smooth and lush production from talented producers such as Statik Selektah ("Day zZz's") and Soulection's very own, Esta ("Tug At War" & "Q & A"). CJ Fly was even blessed with a classic verse from the late great MC for his debut project from the late great five foot assassin, "Phife Dawg" on the track, "Seek Well". This tape would generate a healthy amount of buzz and critical acclaim for CJ and would land him a nomination to be on XXL's Freshmen Cover for the year 2014.
Most recently, CJ Fly has released his new and highly impressive project, "Flytrap" which illuminates CJ's journey since the release of his last project as a person and artist respectively. This is especially evident on the self-produced tracks, "Get It Done" and "Vibrations" that have sonic landscapes that are reminiscent of a dark-intergalactic landscape where eery keys and contorted baselines live merrily with airy percussion respectively. CJ also takes time to show off his lyrical sword on tracks such as, "Living The Life" and "IDGAF". Ultimately, CJ proves with this project that his potential could take him to great heights within the Pro Era Collective and as a whole within the Hip Hop arena with his lyrical showcase as illuminated on, "Downfall".
Peep some tracks below from CJ's latest project below and listen to the full album here!