cj fly mass appeal

New Rules: CJ Fly of Pro Era

If you’re a Jay Z fan you’ve more than likely heard him repping his new slogan #NewRules with veracity. Ironic as it is that one of the most commercially successful hip hop artists in the game is pushing this anti-industry motto. However, there’s no denying that indie rap is the new wave. With today’s technology, having major label backing is no longer a necessity to make it in the game. With social media and global marketing available at your fingertips it’s possible to stay self-sufficient in this new age of hip hop. So, we’re bringing you a new artist or group every week that really creates their own rules, and asking them how you too can make your own lane.

For this installment we’re featuring CJ Fly of Pro Era.

cj fly mass appeal

Mass Appeal: How did you meet up with Pro Era?

CJ Fly: Pro Era started around 2010, it was me, Joey Badass, Capital Steez and Powers Pleasant in the beginning.

MA: Before you started Pro Era, were you doing anything music wise?

CJF: Yeah, I’ve been rapping for a while, since I was a kid.

MA: How did you come up with your name?

CJF: CJ is short for Chiane Jr. and the Fly came from me always dressing up for school. My friends would always call me fresh and fly. I like dressing up.

MA: How did you start off rapping?

CJF: I loved poetry as a kid so it just made sense. I grew up on reggae and to me rap and reggae are similar. Reggae is just rapping over a reggae beat, once I realized that I started getting more into hip hop.

MA: Are you of Caribbean descent?

CJF: Yeah, my dad’s from Jamaica and my mom’s from Barbados.

MA: So, in the beginning when you were starting out, how were you able to get studio time? I know you have a music video out, what’s the process of being able to do that without a major record label backing you?

CJF: LRG, sponsored my latest video. Studio time, I’ve been lucky to have friends who have mics. Before I used to pay $15 an hour to record at this neighborhood spot but now we all have our own equipment.

MA: How did you do your very first music video?

CJF: My very first music video was sponsored by LRG as well, I’ve done videos with just Pro Era though. In our collective we have everything you need, everyone has multiple roles.

MA: Do you want to be signed to a record label or do you like being independent?

CJF: I don’t want to have to answer to anybody. I don’t like rules. I think eventually it might happen but on my own terms.

MA: When you were starting off by yourself what kinds of steps did you have to take to get where you are now?

CJF: I just set my goals and try to meet them. Before I even put a project fully together, I set goals that I want to meet for 2013, 2014. I try to aim for things that I think I can meet and make sure it happens. I think about what I want and I manifest it.

MA: What advice would you give others who are trying to come up?

CJF: Set goals and meet them. That’s the main thing I’ve learned. If you put it out there it will manifest, you just have to keep cultivating it.

564775_387407161297528_72675157_n

You can find more on CJ Fly on his Facebook, Twitter, and SoundCloud. Be sure to peep his latest video “Q&A” below.

Ad

Latest News

chance the rapper dwayne wade News

Chance the Rapper and Dwayne Wade Are Co-Producing a Film on Chicago Basketball

And you say Chi City!
Evidence Music Video

Evidence and Jason Goldwatch Show You Their Los Angeles in “Jim Dean” Video

"Walkin' in the rain off the Jim Beam / Dreams broken on the boulevard, Jim Dean"
Music

Read This in Auto-Tune: T-Pain’s New Album, ‘Oblivion,’ is Here

Still snappin'
seven1 Music

PREMIERE: SeVen1 ‘Sinners Remorse’ EP

"These shorties is f*cked up / They kill but can't hustle"
moneybagg yo youngboy never broke again Music

Youngboy NBA and Moneybagg Yo Team for Conceptual ‘Fed Baby’s’ Album

Against the law
Willie Music Video

PREMIERE: Willie The Kid x V Don “Blue Notes” Video

"The love kept me afloat, the hate kept me on my toes"
plane News

Pilots Have a New Hobby — Drawing Dicks in the Sky

Excuse me as I f*ck the sky
CoteKid Reviews

Check Out SpaceJam Bo’s Exciting New Mixtape ‘Cote Kid’

Montgomery's finest
cyhi the prynce Video

Off The Record: CyHi the Prynce on Kanye West’s “FourFiveSeconds”

“I thought [Kanye] was gonna get Bruce Springsteen on it or something.”
jay-z News

JAY-Z Advocates for Meek Mill, Ties Case to Larger Cause in New York Times Op-Ed

"Instead of a second chance, probation ends up being a land mine"
6ix9ine-trippie Features

A Brief History of the Trippie Redd and Tekashi 6ix9ine Beef

It was all good just a few months ago
Yujia Hu Hey, You're Cool

Hey, You’re Cool! Sushi Master Yujia Hu

"I think of sushi as another form of art"
smokepurpp lil peep Music

New Lil Peep Song with Smokepurpp Surfaces Just Hours After His Death

"Think I’ma die no joke, take a couple Xans with the coke”
eve News

Eve Disapproves of Nicki Minaj‘s ’Paper’ Magazine Shoot

The Barbz responded exactly as you'd expect
meek mill News

Meek Mill is in Solitary Confinement

The rapper is under 23-hour lockdown
Pringles Food/Drink

Today in Dumb Ideas: These Pringles Thanksgiving Dinner Chips

Oh, hell naw