3. CJ Fly
Member of the Pro Era collective, CJ Fly first made his splash as a guest on defacto leader Joey Bada$$’ “Hardknock” from his breakthrough 1999 mixtape. Other than dropping more features and a solo mixtape (The Way Eye See It) CJ Fly hasn’t exactly done a whole lot as a solo artist since. And while he sits cozy as the second best emcee in Pro Era he has enough lyrical power to propel him as a standalone artist. The question is when.
Sounds Like: A young rapper from New York who is a big fan of old rap from New York.
Project(s) to Check Out: The Way Eye See It
Upon First Listen: Classic New York boom bap with some refreshing and odd sampling choices.
Notable Line(s): “I’m still a bastard kid with blackened lips/ I’m still a Pacifist/ But if you ask for it, then I could pass a fist”.
Staying Power: While CJ Fly is easily the second best rapper from the Pro Era collective (next to Joey Bada$$) it’s still difficult to gauge what that really means as far as a future is concerned.