Performing May 19
The saying, “I’d rather be lucky than good,” chooses one of two desirable options, but what if you could have both?
The duo known as the Pro Letarians were fortunate enough to be just doors apart at Indiana university, a school of over 40,000 students. That’s pretty lucky. With JO on production and Jupiter Jim emceeing, The Pro Letarians have created plenty of well-rounded tracks that often uniquely sample familiar songs such as The Beatles’ “Let It Be” and the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back”. Their tracks possess an infectious enthusiasm that makes it hard not to nod along. That’s pretty good.
The Pro Letarians have already come out with three mixtapes despite having met each other just a year ago and being in school for a large portion of that time. Their first tape, The Pregame, may have been a little rough around the edges in some spots, but the sampler showcased the duo’s potential and received positive reviews in the blogosphere. They followed this up with the March 2012 release of Hello Forever, which made the duo’s sonic evolution apparent. Hello, Forever was a longer, more diverse tape, which, like their debut mixtape, had no features. That fact kept the spotlight, and the pressure, on them throughout. December 2012’s follow up, Not All of Me Shall Die, showcased an even more refined sound, proving that The Pro Letarians are here to stay.
It seems like the young duo is heading in the right direction and it will be interesting to see where The Pro Letarians end up. The maturation seen in such a short time is encouraging and further proof that these kids out of Indiana are good enough to make their own luck.