So·lo (z), is THE ERA footwork crew’s Debut EP. The entire project is centered around single rounds of “footwork with words” that feature each member of the crew on tracks individually. The concept of So·lo (z) was inspired by footworker’s who soloed at the end of dance group performances at local competitions in Chicago known as “dance downs”. The five track EP lets you inside the personality of each member while giving you the experience of what it feels like soloing over footwork beats as dancers, ending with their latest track “Get U Some”. With narrations from Korprate, Chicago rapper/ comedian, productions from Teklife producers DJ Rashad, DJ Spinn, DJ Earl, Slick Shoota and for the first time, lyrics are laid over an RP Boo masterpiece, THE ERA look to further bridge the gap between footwork and hip-hop while showing they’re development as upcoming artist in both, dance & music.
In November of 2015, The Era began expanding into making music, rhyming on footwork tracks by some of Chicago's most important producers including DJ Rashad, DJ Spinn, DJ Clent and others. IN THE WURKS is The Era's first FM (footwork mixtape), adding lyrical content to tracks all about Footwork and how they came from Chicago's allies to headlining across the world as The Era. They dive into their lives surrounding this and their views on the culture itself.
“Episode 4 w/ The Era on Invisible Podcast Radio is finally here! Listen as Timirio & Nino Blanco talk to them about what’s next and how does practice, patience and persistance apply into your craft.”
“The Era Footwork Crew is one of the city’s most well-known dance crews. The group has toured the world, collaborated with Chance the Rapper and are using their unique art form to help youth in Chicago find a creative outlet. They recently became involved with a new nonprofit called Open the Circle that will provide resources for creative projects within Chicago’s underserved communities, like footwork workshops.” - Chantel.S (Mic.com)
“ The Era footwork crew are no stranger to art galleries: they've worked with High Concept Labs in Pilsen as part of a 2014 residency and in 2016 curated a photography show at Columbia College's Hokin Gallery. But last Saturday's "Prime Time: F00TW3RK" event at the Museum of Contemporary Art was different. It was their first full-scale museum takeover.” - Anna White (Chicago Tribune)
The MCA collaborated with the Era to host a set featuring influential members of the Footwork scene such as RP Boo, Suzi Analogue, DJ Spinn and I Am the Queen. The event highlights a Chicago culture while also recognizing its digital evolution.
In Meet The Era, a documentary by Wills Glasspiegel, we meet a group of talented young people determined to preserve and push footwork culture forward in Chicago and beyond.
There's real pleasure in hearing verses, not just looped hooks or catchphrases, on top of killer footwork beats.
I am the queen video produced by The Era Footwork crew and Directed by Wills
Listen to Chief Manny give his perspective on dancing throughout neighborhoods in Chicago on Round 1 "Manny's Home produced by RP Boo.
Steelo takes you on a journey throughout his side of Chicago on the eastside while paying homage to the culture and solidifying The Era's spot in history from his perspective as a Footwork dancer over an original DJ Rashad production.
Get U Some features Chicago Rapper / Comedian Korprate, The Footwork Queens, Curtis, Sub Zero and Betty alongside The Era.
Visual off The Era's debut Footwork Mixtape " In The Wurkz" FM