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Kirk Knight

As a musical conductor and backbone of the Pro Era powerhouse, Brooklyn rapper/producer Kirk Knight combines old school intensity with a unique futurism in a sound marked by dark, moody atmospheres and laid-back rhymes that sway between lonely R&B and tense introspective lyricism. Knight developed his brand on multi-platinum tracks for artists like Smoke DZA and A$AP Ferg, before he started making hits of his own on solo projects like 2021's After Dark. Kirk Knight was born Kirlan Labarrie, and began rhyming and working on music during his early teenage years. An encounter with Joey Bada$$ led to membership in Pro Era. Along with output as part of that crew, Knight amassed collaborations with Statik Selektah, Lee Bannon, and Smoke DZA, as well as with Bada$$, whose "Big Dusty" was something of a breakthrough for the artist. In October 2015, after he signed with Cinematic Music Group, he released Late Night Special, for which he either produced or co-produced each cut. Featuring appearances from Bada$$, Noname Gypsy, and Thundercat, the album debuted at number 24 on Billboard's rap chart. He continued producing while working on his own music, crafting beats over the next few years for Joey Bada$$, CJ Fly, Nick @ Knight, and many others. In 2017 he scored a major hit with the beat for A$AP Ferg' song "Plain Jane." The song eventually went platinum seven times over and elevated the producer's profile even further, setting the scene for his solo music to get more exposure. In late 2018 his album IIWII arrived with a blend of introspective R&B and trap production. Following the project's release he embarked on a European tour with long-time friends Flatbush Zombies. Next studio album After Dark followed in 2021, and along with his usual production work, Knight released some new songs in 2023, among them the synthetic trap of "Wired" and "Import Export."
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