2Apr/1318

Hiero Producer Series: Domino (Re-Upped)

Over the course of the next few weeks, I will be posting production compilations for all of the Hiero producers. There will be 24 volumes in all, or 2 GB worth of music, so get your external HDs ready.

First up, we got 4 volumes from one of the most underrated producers in the history of hip hop: Domino. Casual’s “Fear Itself” LP from ’94 is generally regarded as a classic, and Domino’s funk-based arsenal is one of the album’s key ingredients. He also hooked up some of the dopest beats on Del’s ’93 masterpiece “No Need For Alarm”, and he was the foremost producer on Hiero’s underrated ’98 LP “3rd Eye Vision”. Aside from his stellar contributions on the aforementioned albums, he also produced quite a few bangers of the non-album variety.

The production discography speaks for itself; Domino deserves a shitload of credit for helping to define the Hieroglyphics sound.

Domino – Production Files Volume 1
1. Pep Love & Jay-Biz – Sailing
2. Pep Love, Jay-Biz & Del – Anasthesia
3. Pep Love & Jay-Biz – The Blues
4. Casual – Fear No Evil (Demo)
5. Casual, Opio & Tajai – Rippers (Demo)
6. Souls Of Mischief – Our Secret (Demo)
7. Del – No Need For Alarm
8. Del, Casual, Snupe & A-Plus – No More Worries
9. Del – Don’t Forget
10. Souls Of Mischief – Let ‘Em Know
11. Souls Of Mischief – Live And Let Live
12. Souls Of Mischief – Disseshowedo
13. Souls Of Mischief – What A Way To Go Out
14. Souls Of Mischief – Make Your Mind Up (Remix)
15. Souls Of Mischief – Cab Fare (Remix)
16. Souls Of Mischief – 93 Outro
Re-upped 04/01/13

Domino – Production Files Volume 2
1. Casual – Intro
2. Casual – Me-O-Mi-O
3. Casual & Saafir – That Bullshit
4. Casual – Follow The Funk
5. Casual, Del & Pep Love – Who’s It On
6. Casual – We Got It Like That
7. Casual – Lose In The End
8. Casual – Thoughts Of The Thoughtful
9. Casual – Be Thousand
10. Casual – Me-O-Mi-O (Domino Remix)
11. Casual – Follow The Funk (Demo)
12. Casual – Lose In The End (Demo)
13. Casual – Thoughts Of The Thoughtful (Demo)
14. Casual, Opio & Pep Love – Who’s It On (Demo)
15. Extra Prolific – Brown Sugar
16. Extra Prolific – Brown Sugar (Domino Remix)
17. Extra Prolific – Is It Right
Re-upped 04/01/13

Domino – Production Files Volume 3
1. Hieroglyphics – Intro
2. Pep Love & Opio – All Things
3. Del – At The Helm
4. Tajai – Interlude
5. Hieroglyphics – Off The Record
6. A-Plus – Interlude
7. Pep Love – After Dark
8. Del & Pep Love – No Nuts
9. Del – Interlude
10. Hieroglyphics – You Never Knew (Remix)
11. Del – Press Rewind
12. Del – Phoney Phranchise (Remix)
13. Pep Love – Act Phenom
14. Pep Love – Different
15. Pep Love – Sabotage
16. Pep Love – Relief
17. Souls Of Mischief – Interrogation
Re-upped 04/01/13

Domino – Production Files Volume 4
1. Del – No More Worries (Instrumental)
2. Del – No Need For Alarm (Instrumental)
3. Del – Don’t Forget (Instrumental)
4. Souls Of Mischief – Let ‘Em Know (Instrumental)
5. Souls Of Mischief – Live And Let Live (Instrumental)
6. Souls Of Mischief – Disseshowedo (Instrumental)
7. Souls Of Mischief – What A Way To Go Out (Instrumental)
8. Souls Of Mischief – 93 Outro (Instrumental)
9. Extra Prolific – Brown Sugar (Instrumental)
10. Extra Prolific – Brown Sugar Remix (Instrumental)
11. Del – At The Helm (Instrumental)
12. Pep Love – After Dark (Instrumental)
13. Hieroglyphics – You Never Knew Remix (Instrumental)
14. Del – Press Rewind (Instrumental)
15. Del – Phoney Phranchise Remix (Instrumental)
Re-upped 04/01/13

Preview:

Del, Casual, Snupe & A-Plus – No More Worries

Del – No Need For Alarm

Souls Of Mischief – Make Your Mind Up (Remix)

Souls Of Mischief – Cab Fare (Remix)

Casual – Me-O-Mi-O

Casual – Follow The Funk

Casual, Del & Pep Love – Who’s It On

Casual – Lose In The End

Casual – Thoughts Of The Thoughtful

Casual – Me-O-Mi-O (Domino Remix)

Extra Prolific – Brown Sugar (Domino Remix)

Pep Love & Opio – All Things

Pep Love – After Dark

Del – Press Rewind

Pep Love – Act Phenom

–Roy Johnson

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18 Responses to “Hiero Producer Series: Domino (Re-Upped)”

  1. Boothe says:

    Shout out to Domino. You're right about him being under appreciated. I think people started taking notice when he appeared less frequently on the later Hiero releases, where only 2 of his tracks (and a remix) were released commercially.

    He came back strong on 3rd Eye though. Pep beasted on that album, but in hindsight I gotta say Domino was probably the MVP of that shit.

    Also

    Snupe had the best verse on…(shout out to the hoopla)

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  2. Cenzi Stiles says:

    "Domino deserves a shitload of credit for helping to define the Hieroglyphics sound."

    that was an understatement!

    the Heiro sound came with a crazy gritty feel to it and still hasn't been replicated. This is a dope collection.

    How much hand did he have in the Del No Need For Alarm album? After reading a Dante Ross interview where he disses the shit out of that album, I would love to hear his side of the story.

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  3. Philaflava says:

    What did Dante say about that album? That dude is nuts.

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  4. vincentlopez says:

    Thanks again!

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  5. Boothe says:

    I kinda agree with Dante regarding this album. I think it's held in such high esteem because most people got into Hiero through 93 Til, and this was their first Del album.

    Personally, I think it's inferior to his debut album. There are great production moments on this album, but I think Del was a bit too angry on this album, and his rhyme flow wasn't as spot on as it was on his debut.

    There's also a number of less than outstanding tracks on this album. Not wack, but definitely fast forward material.

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  6. Roy Johnson says:

    Boothe – thanks for checking in. I knew you'd appreciate these comps.

    Cenzi – Domino was responsible for three standout tracks on the "No Need For Alarm" LP (No More Worries, Don't Forget, and the title track). I was unaware of the Dante Ross interview; I'm definitely gonna look into that.

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  7. Jaz says:

    Dope, nice work as per usual Roy J and the T.R.O.Y. blog

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  8. christian from austin says:

    thorough!
    Is anyone familiar with a couple of pep love songs that never got released. i can only remember the choruses- one was "people, people, hey, hey"
    the other one said "from block to block and turf to turf. it aint no politics just hollow tips. thanks for the assist, i'll post my question in the troy forum too,

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  9. Roy Johnson says:

    Jaz – Thanks for checking in. Props on that De La Soul compilation.

    Christian – I have "Block 2 Block" on the Jay-Biz two volume set that will debut on here within the next couple of weeks. The other one isn't ringing a bell – when do you think it was recorded? I know that "Block 2 Block" is from 95/96 according to the old Hiero Sounds page:

    http://www.hieroglyphics.com/sounds/the_prose/

    If it's unreleased Pep Love and it ain't on "The Shamen", the original Hiero Oldies tapes from the late 90s (re-release was condensed), or on the Hiero Sounds page, then I most likely don't have it. I have quite a bit of stuff on tape that I got in trades about a decade back, but to my knowledge, pretty much all of it has surfaced on the net.

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  10. nathansmart says:

    Yeah, does anyone have a link to that Dante Ross article where he disses No Need for Alarm?

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  11. big chris from austin says:

    i heard them on college radio played back to back when hiero was in town, yeah around 95 96.
    thanks again

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  12. Anonymous says:

    Domino was a master at flippin that jazzy funk-fusion in a '73 Blue Note/Capitol records way. Great blog, thanx 4 keepin it funky!
    chronwell

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  13. Hakim says:

    Domino from Hiero. One of my alltime favorite hip hop producers.

    -Hakim

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  14. hungry0ne says:

    Christian, Best copy I've got. Two of Pep Love's best songs! Enjoy:
    http://www.megaupload.com/?d=RFFUGSWN

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    • james p says:

      Hey hungry one can u post up those 2 songs again the upload doesnt seem to be there.

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  15. Roy Johnson says:

    Thanks, hungryOne! I'm a huge Pep Love fan. In fact, he's my favorite MC from the Hieroglyphics camp. It used to be Del when I was younger, but nowadays, I'd much rather listen to Pep. Check out the rest of the Hiero producer comps and let us know if you have anything else to add.

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  16. Chris says:

    Great look on this one. Many blessings to you. God Bless

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  17. Whip Wilson says:

    Any chance you could re-up these wonderful collections yet again? Some of this stuff is impossible to find. I’d be forever indebted. Cheers.

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