By Maurice Bobb
When you’re young and finally seeing the fruits of your labor come to fruition like Joey Bada$$ and his Pro Era crew, it’s so hard to say goodbye to a close friend and group member like Capital STEEZ. After the untimely death of the rapper, real name Jemal Dewar, on Christmas Eve, Statik Selektah released a remix of “Like Water,” a track from Pro Era’s recently released mixtape, PEEP: The aPROcalypse in dedication to his fallen comrade.
Renamed “Like Water (R.I.P. Capital STEEZ),” the ‘90’s throwback track is the perfect elegy for a promising MC gone too soon. The simple, one line invocation: “Capital STEEZ rest in peace,” leads into a celebratory piano riff that paints a vivid picture of the Brooklyn collective’s comeuppance in the rap game. STEEZ was only 19 years old and his cause of death is still unknown, although his last tweet, which came at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday read: “The end,” prompting many to believe that he took his own life.
The end. — KING CAPITAL $TEEZ (@CapitalSTEEZ_) December 24, 2012
“This unfortunate xmas eve.. Lost a best friend, a brother, a pro, a partner. Letting go is never easy.. May ur soul rest in peace Jamal..,” Joey BadA$$ wrote on his Twitter on Monday (December 24). “RIP CAPITAL STEEZ!!! 7.7.93 – 12.24.12.”
STEEZ broke out alongside Joey when he dropped a guest 16 on the teen’s ear-catching single “Survival Tactics” appearing on the track’s second verse in February. The Brooklynite released his debut mixtape AmeriKKKan Korruption in April and was featured on a number of tracks off PEEP, the mixtape that the PE crew dropped on Friday.