Flatbush Zombies w/ Kirk Knight, Nyck Caution @ THE OGDEN THEATRE - (THURSDAY)

Flatbush Zombies w/ Kirk Knight, Nyck Caution @ THE OGDEN THEATRE - (THURSDAY)

Thu, May 3, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$30 Advance / $35 Day Of Show

This event is 16 and over

Second show added due to overwhelming demand - Friday, 5/4 is sold out. Tickets for Thursday, 5/3 go on sale on Friday, 3/16 at 10am MT.

Flatbush Zombies
Flatbush Zombies
Shocking, hilarious, sometimes revolting, and yet completely endearing, the Flatbush Zombies are a genuine mystery in a musical landscape where few still exist. Meechy Darko and Juice, Brooklyn bred youth with a penchant for gold grills, Charles Manson and dropping acid, make up the high energy trio alongside producer and lifelong friend Erick Arc Elliott. The Zombies rose out of complete obscurity on the back of a synth heavy, weed laced banger entitled "Thug Waffle," an ode to marijuana and breakfast foods which immediately propelled them to the forefront of New York's fresh crop of talent. Their seamless recipe of can't-look-away visual appeal and deft lyricism had them opening for Slaughterhouse and Schoolboy Q within a month while peaking the interest of everyone from Lana Del Rey to VICE, and garnering them a show stealing guest spot on the first A$AP Rocky single, "Bath Salt." Their first full length mixtape, D.R.U.G.S. (July 2012), released with over 50,000 downloads in the first week and provides the backbone for their hypnotically abrasive and off the wall live show.
Kirk Knight
Kirk Knight
There are few artists hailing from the east coast with more versatility than Pro Era’s very own Kirk Knight. Born Kirlan Labarrie, Kirk Knight is a prolific emcee, producer and songwriter who, regardless of the type of project he puts out, always ends up finding a way to successfully embody New York City and Brooklyn’s grit and ruggedness; it is the focal point of his sound, and what makes him so unique among other rapper/producers.

Kirk Knight started rapping and working on music in his early teens, but it wasn’t until he met Joey Bada$$ and became a part of the Pro Era crew that he started taking his medium of self-expression – making beats, rapping and working on songs – seriously, to the point where he decided it’d be his destined path in life. From beating on tables at lunch, to being introduced to FL Studio and the likes his junior year at Erasmus Hall High School, Knight first realized his potential and then actualized it by staying true to the foundations of hip-hop: through expression, art, and dedication.

Knight is best known for his production work with Joey Bada$$, Mick Jenkins (with whom he toured with nationally) and his fellow Pro Era members. Notable contributions include his stand out work on Joey Bada$$’s debut album “B4.DA.$$,” including the album’s lead single, “Big Dusty,” as well as the eerie, critically acclaimed track “Hazeus View.” Knight is also particularly recognized for his production credits on Joey Bada$$’s earlier efforts including “Summer Knights” as well as a feature on Joey Bada$$’s debut mixtape “1999” on the song “Where It’s At”.

When asked what inspires these boundless, diverse creative pursuits, Knight remarks that he “uses music to capture his interpretation of everyday moments.” This concept is most evident on Kirk’s self-produced and recorded songs “Early Morning Hiatus,” “Brokeland” and “Extortion.”

Drawing inspiration from iconic artists like J Dilla, Madlib, Kanye West, and the Notorious B.I.G., Knight leaps from smooth melodies to raw, uncut sounds effortlessly. Staying true to himself through his art, by believing in himself and his ability to connect with the youth, Knight invites fellow hip-hop fans and listeners to live vicariously through his music, whether through his beats, songs, or full-length projects.
Nyck Caution
Nyck Caution
By this point, hip-hop heads all over the world are familiar with Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era. But the Brooklyn crew has more than one quality MC in its ranks, and 21-year-old rapper Nyck Caution is out to let the people know. Growing up in Brooklyn’s Mill Basin neighborhood, Caution picked up hip-hop as a hobby, with Eminem and 8 Mile in particular a main influence. But as a teenager at Edward R. Murrow High School, he met a group of kids who would turn that hobby into something much bigger.

“When I was younger I was always just like rapping and shit, not seriously but just to fuck around,” he says. “And then when I went to Murrow, I met Joey and everyone and everything just started falling into place.”

Caution began recording at a local studio in Mill Basin when a chance performance at a friend’s show at the Knitting Factory put him on the radar of Capital STEEZ, a local MC who Caution had met in their geometry class as a freshman in high school. The two began working together as juniors and, after STEEZ and Joey put together Pro Era the following year, Nyck Caution signed on with the buzzing crew. As Joey’s breakout mixtape 1999 began to take off, Caution re-evaluated what he was doing, dropped out of Brooklyn College and devoted his time to hip-hop.

“At that time I was like the newest member, so I felt like I had something to prove and I had to really step up to the plate,” he says about the time when Pro Era began popping. “I didn’t want to just be overlooked because I was the newer dude. And at that time I just started really going hard with it.”

STEEZ’s death at the end of 2012 was a blow to the crew, but they regrouped with a pair of collective projects, helping to establish more members as solo talents and individual artists in their own right. As Pro Era’s only white member, Caution knew that he stood out, but he didn’t want his race to define him. “I think that’s automatically like, ‘Oh shit, who’s that white dude?’” Caution says about what sets him apart. “That’s a visual thing that people pick up. Then it comes down to, I feel like a lot of white rappers have a corny edge to them. That shit doesn’t go further than college. I don’t have a gimmick or anything like that, I just think that people feel what I say. I’m really sayin’ shit that’s coming from my heart. I’m not just saying bullshit.”

And as Pro Era continues expanding, Caution is looking to drop his first full project since a mixtape in late 2011, scheduled for the summer, as well as videos and visuals in the coming months. And his music is evolving by the day. “I used to just rap on the song, do everything I could do and then the song was over,” he says. “[Now] I can really express myself in different ways other than rapping. And then it’s just growing and experiencing different things.”
Venue Information:
Ogden Theatre
935 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO, 80218