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Founded in 1997 in Oakland, CA, Hiero Imperium Records is Del The Funky Homosapien, Casual, Pep Love, Domino, and the Souls of Mischief, made up of A-Plus, Opio, Phesto and Tajai. Coming off waves of success from earlier releases like Souls’ ’93 Til Infinity, the Hiero crew had already established themselves as a name in mainstream and underground hip-hop, and soon released their first collective project Third Eye Vision. Since then the Hiero team has been thriving in the hip-hop world, releasing a number of projects within the label as well as branching out for collaborations with the likes of Jurassic 5, George Clinton, Dilated Peoples, Q-Tip, Xzibit and Gorillaz.

[wpex click for full bio] The Oakland-based Hieroglyphics are an underground rap collective who, at their best, combine an offbeat sensibility with a strong grounding in battle rhyming, freestyling, and other hip-hop traditions. All the members enjoy their own separate careers — founder Del The Funky Homosapien, Casual, the Souls of Mischief, Extra Prolific, producer/manager Domino, Pep Love, and producer Jay Biz (the latter two of which have also worked together as the Prose). Most of the members had known each other since high school (or earlier), and after Del scored a record deal with his cousin Ice Cube‘s help, much of the Hieroglyphics crew wound up with major-label contracts of their own. Del, Souls of Mischief, and Casual, in particular, earned strong cult followings, but Hieroglyphics never produced a breakout mainstream star, and all the members wound up dropped from their respective labels by the mid-’90s despite their generally high-quality work. The crew regrouped with their own label, Hieroglyphics Imperium, which provided not only a platform for their future releases, but total creative control. In addition, the entire collective teamed up for the first album under the Hieroglyphics name, Third Eye Vision, in 1998. Several self-released compilations also appeared, and the proper Hieroglyphics follow-up, Full Circle, dropped in 2003. In 2007 the crew treated fans to a collection of rare B-sides and remixes from all the members, entitled Over Time. [/wpex]

Press Releases

Souls of Mischief’s Tajai Provides Insight on His Music in Beatmaking Documentary Series
Hieroglyphics Launch CREATIVES Capsule Series, Artists Aaron De La Cruz and Sam Rodriguez Tapped For First Installment
Self-trained “Egyptian Grammarian” Reinterprets Classic Egyptian Texts
Hieroglyphics Rapper Pep Love Delivers Self-Produced Dolla Daily EP, Premiere via Okayplayer
In Anticipation of His Dolla Daily EP Releasing Next Week, Pep Love Shares Loose Single via HipHopWired
Hieroglyphics Rapper and Producer Gives The Remix Treatment to Hip-Hop Supergroup’s Single, “Melding of the Minds,” Premiering Via Mass Appeal Legendary Eight-Member Collective Performing Together For Five Exclusive East Coast Dates + Souls of Mischief Shows
“There Is Only Now” Music Video, Premiered by Billboard, Reveals Significant Plot Twist in the Concept Album’s Storyline
The Entire Hieroglyphics Crew Playing Select Dates & Reveal New Video
Souls of Mischief Drop First Video From New Album, Featuring Snoop Dogg, Ali Shaheed Muhammed
Hieroglyphics Rapper Shares Self-Produced Single From Forthcoming EP, Premiere via HipHopDX
For First Time Ever, Souls of Mischief Teams Up With Snoop Dogg for Lead Single From There Is Only Now, Available Now via iTunes and 7″ Single
Set In 1994, Unique Cinematic Crime Tale of Love, Loss, and Revenge Is Narrated by Ali Shaheed Muhammed and Features Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, and More
Hieroglyphics Co-Founder Casual Celebrates 20-Year Anniversary of Fear Itself with Tour & Remastered Instrumentals
Souls Of Mischief’s 93 ‘Til Infinity Box Set To Be Released by Get On Down for 20th Anniversary
Hiero Imperium Artist/Producer Unjust Drops Instrumental Album and Trippy Visuals
Casual Responds To Latest Eminem Single, Reclaims Title Of #RapGod
Oakland’s 2nd Annual “Hiero Day” Event Announces Performances By Hieroglyphics, Strong Arm Steady, Latyrx, & More
Casual Embarks on 27 Date “Clash Of The Titans” Tour With The Alkaholiks And Cali Agents
Oakland Honors Its Hip-Hop Heroes With Second Annual “Hiero Day”
SPIN Premieres New Project The Kitchen From Left Coast Legends Hieroglyphics
Hieroglyphics Premiere ’70s-Inspired Video For “It’s Partly Me” On Rolling Stone
Tour: Souls Of Mischief Announce 20th Anniversary “Still Infinity Tour”
Hiero Reflects On A Culture Of Violence With New Single/Video
Second Part Of Video Series Accompanied By Info On Clothing Collaborations
Iconic Group Teams With Iconic Watch Brand
Hiero Imperium Announces Inaugural Hiero Day
Hiero Imperium Summer Tour 2012 Kicks Off This Week
Phesto Drops Another Video From His Debut Album
Souls Of Mischief, Pep Love, And Casual Hit The Road For 16-City Tour
A-Plus Releases “Red Hot” Videos
Casual Drops New Video, Album Due next Month
Phesto Drops Video From Anticipated Debut

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