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"Proseed's New Album "Quintessential""

Pittsburgh emcee Proseed drops his latest and most personal album to date! Boasting a straight up love for hip hop his message is heard clearly throughout the album! You may have seen this cat opening up for Def Jux artists Mr. Lif, Hangar 18 and Aesop Rock on recent tours. The album took nearly four years to complete. -

"Mamogram Jam Chit-Chat"

"Proseed is a well-versed emcee who not only writes, but produces most of his music. As part of Solid Ground Entertainment, he has rocked shows all over this area (Pittsburgh) with local and national acts. His new album “CAUTION: the raw classics” is, in my humble opinion, exactly what HipHop should be. " - Girl Weapon X - Pittsburgh Hiphop's Head Lady Activist

"Pittsburgh Underground Waiting to be found"

Upstairs, in a smoky South Side hang-out, about eight emcees take turns exhibiting their rhyming abilities on a cramped stage for a crowd of about 30.

For most of the performers, the payoff is barely enough to make up for the gas money they spent to make the trip. Some do it because they hope to make it big some day, some do it for fun, but some consider themselves to be true artists, not in it for the money. They’re in it for the love of their art.

Derek Postlewaite, 23, of Washington, Pa., sees himself as an artist in a hostile environment, performing music that has become tainted by the business side of things.

“It’s extremely difficult being an artist in Pittsburgh,” says Postlewaite, who goes by the stage name “Proseed.” Postlewaite, who hesitates to label his act as hip-hop because of a dislike of his mainstream contemporaries, sees the Pittsburgh music scene as a culture that focuses only on the corporate artist and not on the underground.

“An underground culture ignites through word of mouth,” says Postlewaite. “If it ignites through radio and TV it’s not really underground.”

One thing that nearly all underground musicians have in common is their utilization of MySpace Music, an online network that allows musicians to make their music available for streaming to more than 100 million users worldwide.

“MySpace Music helps a lot,” says Nicholas Ploucha, a 22 year-old political science major at Duquesne University and Uptown resident. “It helps you network.”

Postlewaite has also found MySpace Music to be a boon.

“I’ve been in touch with some people who have allowed me to go places outside of Pittsburgh,” he said. However, Postlewaite has seen some negative effects caused by the mega-music network. “It lets everyone be a musician all of a sudden, that’s the real problem I have with MySpace.”

Pittsburgh will never be mistaken for a music Mecca. Aside from Christina Aguilera, The Clarks, Anti-Flag, RZA and King Cool himself, Donnie Iris, most music fans would be hard-pressed to name another prominent Pittsburgh recording artist.

On the rock music side of things, it would appear as if the music scene in Pittsburgh is dismal, but Ploucha says differently.

“The scene is there, you just have to look for it.” Ploucha is the saxophone player in a local ska outfit named Barker’s Beauties.

Ploucha’s band frequently plays small venues and bars such as South Side’s The Smiling Moose, and it certainly is not a high-paying gig. “I do it because it is fun,” says Ploucha. “I enjoy it.”

Written By: Mike Myzak - The Duquense Duke


2007 - "Quintessential" album available now!
2007 - "Party in the Place" Single
2006 - "Caution: the raw classics" Mixtape

Appearances on:
2007 - Steel Town Sounds - "City of Champions" LP
2007 - Jarzyn & Icerz "The First Episode"
2006 - Scotty Coles "Quiet Before The Storm" Mixtape
2006 - Scotty Coles "Big Statements" LP
2006 - EMS "T.D.A. Vol 1" Mixtape



Considered by some to be the livest MC out of Pittsburgh, PA, Proseed combines schematic flow with the total package of delivery, concept, & purpose to create music that means something. He has been heavy on show dates since 2003, opening for such acts as: Aesop Rock, Mr Lif, Tech9NE, Fat Lip (Pharcyde), S.A. Smash, Hangar 18, Blueprint, OneBelo, Illogic, & Louis Logic. Proseed has branched outside the city of Pittsburgh to do shows in Cleveland, Detroit, and Kent, OH and is continuing his efforts to make a statement in other cities. Proseed can be found doing shows with DJ's such as: DJ Nice Rec, who spins in several bars in the Lawrenceville/Bloomfield area, and DJ Drama J, spinning every Saturday night @ Scooby's in Bridgeville, PA. Proseed has worked with producers Maker of Glue & Galapagos4, and Elliot B from Oregon, known for his production efforts for 2Mex and Josh Martinez. His latest release, "Quintessential," was nearly a four year effort, and stands as his best work yet. Such an effort deserved the 8-week ad-run it paid for in the Pittsburgh City Paper between late August & mid October of 2007. The album can be bought in several stores in and around the Pittsburgh area, including: Dave's Music Mine (South Side), The Exchange (Dormont & South Side), Brave New World (Oakland), CD Warehouse (Washington, PA). Discussions of a collaboration with Prozack Turner of Foreign Legion (legendary underground Hip-Hop group) are the latest 'next moves' to provide to the public. Until then, let's keep our fingers crossed and our ears opened. Enjoy the music folks!