Today in Hip Hop History: December 24, 2012
Today marks three years since Capital STEEZ‘s unfortunate passing on Christmas Eve in 2012. The 19 year old MC was found on the ground dead close to the Cinematic Music Group Headquarters in Manhattan. He had supposedly jumped off the roof early in the morning after posting the following tweet:
— KING CAPITAL $TEEZ (@CapitalSTEEZ_) December 24, 2012
Courtney Everald Dewar Jr. was born in Flatbush, New York in 1993 to two Jamaican parents. In high school, STEEZ met fellow rappers Joey Bada$$, CJ Fly and Powers Pleasant and formed the New York hip hop super-group Progressive Era, or Pro Era. The group, alongside Flatbush ZOMBiES and The Underachievers, make up the New York hip hop movement known as “Beast Coast.” Pro Era are responsible for bringing a 90’s nostalgia back to the underground scene in contemporary hip hop.
Capital STEEZ released his first solo mixtape, Amerikkkan Korruption, in 2012 to much critical acclaim. The mixtape, the reloaded version, and Joey Bada$$’s tape 1999 put Pro Era and Flatbush hip hop on the map. His insane lyricism and reminiscent flow garnered him an early accolade through a feature in HipHopDX’s 2013 Top Artists to Watch For.
The unfortunate story of Capital STEEZ is indubitably one of “what if?” The 19 year old MC and business partner of Pro Era had a short-lived career, let alone life. His capabilities on the mic and driven nature displayed but a sneak peak into what type of artist that STEEZ could have developed into had he had more time. Regardless, the MC did amazing things with what time he did have on this planet. Additionally, to ease the loss of their de facto leader, Pro Era plans to release the extent of Capital STEEZ’s unreleased material in an album titled King Capital sometime in the future. Stay updated with True Too on its upcoming release.
Rest in Peace Courtney “Capital STEEZ” Dewar Jr (1993-2012).