Proseed, a Washington County native [Pennsylvania, United States], began emceeing in ’98 at the age of 14, the year Gang Starr put out Moment of Truth and the year Black Star debuted. It could have been the magic of the late nineties, or the teenage need to rebel, but whatever the reason, Proseed started to live the life of a politically charged, clear-headed lyricist.
Though mostly known for his versatile songwriting and stage presence, Proseed is also an adept producer, making many of his own beats. Since his early beginnings, Proseed has performed at sold-out venues and has shared stages with Aesop Rock, Mr. Lif, Tech N9ne, Louis Logic & JJ Brown, Blueprint, Illogic, Qwel and Maker, Manchild of Mars ILL, Cee Know the Doodlebug of Digable Planets and more. Proseed has outlived many emcees and continues to provide raw talent to a scene that desperately needs it.
Shortly after co-founding Surface Level Records–a hip-hop collective based in Pittsburgh, PA–in 2013, Proseed released Depth in Shallows, which included stand-out tracks like “iZombie”, a social criticism about people so glued to their phones that they walk around like zombies, as well as the single “Communication Problems” and “My Sweet Valentine,” a romantic tragedy with a narrative similar to William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet.
In the fall of 2016, the emcee and producer returned with the 10-track, sample-free album, There Goes the Sun. On the eponymous track, he blends piano, organ and synth-guitar notes over a choppy drum loop while his lyrics capture his growth into fatherhood, responsibilities and the modern world’s universal struggles through metaphors and wordplay.
He’s appeared on multiple releases by truly gifted artists including The Sure Shot by Aris (August 2016), Follow Your Heart and You’ll End Up Alone by Cody Cody Jones (February 2019), Unwritten Divine Rule by Ill Advanced (February 2020), and has multiple ongoing projects, including a freestyle project and an EP with his comrade Reasun. His latest album, Songs and Seven Blunders (May 2022), features Pseudo Slang, Real Deal, Gene Stovall and a handful of other great lyricists. The album includes 14 tracks and is streaming everywhere.
KRS-ONE, Gang Starr, Eyedea, Blackalicious, Dilated Peoples, Mars ILL, Blueprint