Capital STEEZ gained popularity from his AmeriKKKan Korruption project and verses on mixtape’s such as Joey Bada$$’ 1999. However, before he rose to his full potential musically, the 19-year-old rap artist committed suicide.
On December 24th, at 11:59 p.m., he posted a tweet that simply stated, “The End.” It was later discovered that Capital STEEZ jumped off the roof of the Cinematic Music Group headquarters—the label that Pro Era is signed to. When he was discovered in a New York street, he was clutching a bible.
However, this is a story that received little light over the months following his passing. Details were scarce; the only information provided regarding his death was that he committed suicide.
Nearly a year after his passing, Manhattan-based magazine The Fader has featured a profile of Capital STEEZ in its December/January issue. In an extremely in-depth manner, the article, "Capital Steez: King Capital," highlights the story of the New York emcee that many aren’t familiar with. Through interviews of his closest relatives and friends, details are provided on everything from STEEZ being both one of the founders of Pro Era and the person that created the group’s moniker, to him becoming unhappy with his career due to a self-perceived low amount of recognition. The story also touches on STEEZ’s interest in new age spirituality, Egyptian mysticism and numerology.
Click here to check out the article. It's definitely a solid body of work and provides an inside view of STEEZ’s life leading up to his death. Check out Joey Badda$$' "Survival Tactics" featuring Capital STEEZ below.