For the last seven years, the hip-hop collective Pro Era has been one of the leading acts revitalizing the New York rap scene on a global scale. Joey Bada$$ and the late Capital STEEZ opened the door for Pro Era’s emergence with their debut projects 1999 and AmeriKKKan Korruption, two critically acclaimed mixtapes. Several members out of the Pro Era collective followed suit by releasing a selection of their own mixtapes, EPs and albums that showed the pure talent that emanated from the budding rap group. CJ Fly, Kirk Knight and Nyck Caution were just some of the names out of the camp who released projects in that seven-year span. What began as a movement led by Capital Steez and Joey Bada$$ grew into a full-fledged hip-hop machine whose force is felt throughout the world.
The newest MC to emerge out of the collective is Chuck Strangers, one of the several in-house producers in Pro Era. Chuck, who’s mostly known for his beats within the collective, has been rapping for as long as he’s been producing. “Pro Era met me rapping; there wasn’t a time where I did one over the other,” Strangers tells Billboard. The first taste we have of Chuck Strangers' skills on the microphone goes all the way back to Joey Bada$$’ mixtape 1999.
Strangers was featured on “Suspect” and “FromdaTomb$,” displaying a natural skill for rhyming. He quickly found himself on other songs but despite the excellent features, Strangers felt his lyrics needed some time to develop. He found much more success putting time in with his production, creating beats for members of Pro Era and a select number of MCs outside of the group. It took Chuck Strangers some time to finish his debut album Consumers Park, and that’s not a bad thing. Consumers Park arrives next Friday [3/16/18], and it’s truly a testament to the hard work Chuck put in for this project. The 14-track project features production by Alchemist, Animoss, Shepard Sounds, and Chuck himself while Joey Bada$$, Issa Gold and Kirk Knight make guest appearances. [Billboard 3/8/18]