Witnesses reported seeing the body lying in the middle of the street shortly after midnight. As they walked to a bus stop where they would say what would be their final goodbyes, Steez said something that gave his friend pause. Dewar gave the officer some pictures of Steez, should they encounter him somewhere in the city. Click it and That's it, you're done amigo! It felt so right with all of us rapping. Cinematic Music Group, a promotional music company, got Joey to sign a contract under the name of Pro Era, but it became clear with time that the company was primarily interested in Joey over the others. It is painfully tragic, but regardless of your thoughts or opinions as to the cause of his death, we can see the effects more clearly.
A couple of videos from the event show Steez looking completely dazed, slurring his words, eyes half-closed. We can see the desperation of the public to make sense out of a tragic death by inflicting upon it self-constructed narratives of grandiosity, narratives that range from optimistic to bizarre to absolutely insulting. Steez had become fixated on the number 47, which he felt was a perfect expression of balance in the world, representing the tension between the fourth chakra—the heart—and the seventh—the brain. Joey was just 16 at the time, but his mother, Kimmy Virginie, worked out an informal arrangement with Shipes for the two parties to work together without signing any contracts until she and her son were ready to do so. His anger was never expressed through violent lyrics, but through a sort of wisdom that remained perpetually bleak but impressively intelligent and always a little bit weird. This reaction serves as a lesson on multiple levels. He blew up when someone asked him to sign a T-shirt and no one brought him a Sharpie.
He was raised in a relatively religious household, with church as a regular family function. Even his friends and fellow members of Pro Era, the ones who had so eagerly followed him on his spiritual quests, confessed that they could no longer understand what he meant half the time. With crazy rhyme schemes, liquid flows and consistently clever wordplay, Pro Era began making a splash in the East Coast rap scene. Though he already had the rhyming skills, he was also coming into his own as a thinker, developing an anti-establishment view of the world that many teenagers could relate to. Pro Era began to coalesce the next year, in 2011. One day he walked up to Joey, a skinny freshman who had been filming raps and posting them to YouTube under the name JayOhVee, and asked if that was him.
. I wish I got free clothes! He started talking more about dimensional shifts and alchemy, and began identifying with the Baphomet, a half-goat, hermaphroditic idol favored throughout history by practitioners of the occult. In early November, a few days after Hurricane Sandy struck New York, he met up with Jared Harari, one of his friends from elementary school. He just put a vision on the board for you to achieve it. According to Tamara, Steez was home all day, but left the house in the evening. Dewar had gone to sleep thinking her son was at home, according to Tamara, but awoke later that night, when one of the Pros showed up at the door, worried and looking for Steez.
How did this artist make such a significant impact on hip hop in such a short time and at such a young age? They talked about how they were beings of a higher dimension. This was around the time that his spiritual beliefs evolved into something stranger and harder to understand. The incident was blogged by a few music sites the next day, but the write-ups had scant information about where, why or how it had happened. He made up his mind already. It was like too late.
No one told them that Steez had alerted them that he was going to jump from the Cinematic building, she says. Who was last with him? But how exactly it was working on his mind remains a mystery. After upload, share files instantly via Social networks or via Email with your friends or family. Relatable and charming, Joey holds court in front of the group with a microphone that he rarely relinquishes, a kid who clearly enjoys entertaining a crowd. We can see the willingness of people to forget that artists are human beings with feelings and weaknesses and relationships, beyond making music and doing business. Registered users can also use our to download files directly from all file hosts where it was found on. Some claimed that he did not actually die, but ascended to a higher dimension.
Joey plans to put out an album Steez had been working on before he died, King Capital, some time next year. Spurred by his love of video games, Steez called himself Blowtorch; Jahkari was Excalibur. The two visited the Occupy Wall Street encampment and spent a night at Zuccotti Park, excited by both the ideas that the movement espoused and the more adrenaline-worthy aspects of the demonstration. We can see that the refusal of significant media outlets to report a death such as this is not without consequences. The internet too, has been a hotbed of conspiracies: that Steez was killed by the Illuminati, or that someone in the industry wanted him dead. The next night, Steez and the group were at Premier Studios, the studio Cinematic was using in Midtown. Steez made friends easily; he loved to joke around, though he was never one to force a smile or laugh to fit in.
His Facebook page lit up with hundreds of comments after he changed his profile picture to images of the Baphomet twice in July of 2012. We spent a few hours talking as the fall evening floated by. More people are listening to him—the Pros tell stories about people as far away as Los Angeles with 47 tattoos—and the video for has well over a million views on YouTube. He claimed it was the number of universal balance. He had been home for the holidays when he was awoken by his sister and mother in the middle of the night before Christmas Eve. He told five of his buddies to meet him outside, where they started freestyling, performing for nobody but themselves. The fourth chakra the heart and the seventh chakra the mind pull at each other perpetually.
Soon, Pro Era started meditating together in Prospect Park and rapping about opening their chakras. An avowed sneaker-head, he had an impeccable sense of style; his friends could never figure out how he was able to leave his shoes untied so they puffed out but never fell off. Pro Era dropped their first full album together, , on December 21, 2012, with Steez featured on five tracks. Steez had been as purposeful in his death as he had been in his life. But the thing is, as you grow, this world makes you take your eye off of things like that.