Posts Tagged ‘hieroglyphics’

Take It Personal – West Coast Classics

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Episode 14 is the first installment of our West Coast Classics. Dust off those Chucks, throw on your khakis and strap-in for this for this west side roller-coaster ride. We got tunes from N.W.A., Ice T, Too $hort, King Tee, DJ Quik, Digital Underground, Above The Law, 2Pac, Cypress Hill, W.C., Murs, Kurupt, People Under The Stairs, MC Eiht, Nate Dogg, The Game, Ras Kass, The B.U.M.S., plus special tributes to Snoop Dogg & Dr. Dre, Hieroglyphics and The Likwit Crew. Keep it locked, cuz the TIP crew is just getting started on this WCC series and even though there is a lot to cover, we tackle this muthf*cker like Lyle Azado.

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Is 93 ‘Til Infinity A Top 50 Album of All-Time?

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

A great question was asked today on the Philaflava message boardis 93 Til Infinity a top 50 hip-hop album of all-time? The answer is no.

This album is a personal favorite of mine. I have no problem labeling it a classic either. I also don’t think any of us can dispute the fact ‘93 Til Infinity is one of the greatest tracks — ever. You can’t argue with that. 1993-94 Hiero was some of the best shit ever. Casual dropped a classic (Fear Itself). Del dropped a classic (No Need For Alarm) and this album, that makes it a trifecta. Even Extra Pro was a pretty great! But that is really the point of this post and unfortunately, it’s coming at the expense of SoM. Many of you will be quick to say, sure it has to be. Some of you will say, maybe this isn’t top 50, but surely 60-75. Guess what? It’s might not even in the top 100. How fucking crazy is that? 93 Til Infinity is an amazing record. If we’re comparing it to any album (Kendrick or not) that came out in the last 5+ years, we’d probably say it’s better than all of them.

The 90s were crazy and every Tuesday a new classic dropped. Not a once-a-year thing, it would a few times a week thing. Think about that. To further prove the point, I have compiled a list of albums, many certified classics, but mostly albums that I feel rank higher than 93 ‘Til Infinity. My opinion, but if you look at the list, maybe you’ll agree. Keep in mind, this a favorite thing. If it were, 93 ‘Til Infinity would be chilling around the 30 mark. This is a list where the heart has no involvement whatsoever. The list is not in order and certainly I would opt to listen to 93 ‘Til Infinity over many of these listed. Certainly over any Eminem album, but again, that isn’t’ the point. It really is crazy because you start to realize just how many classics albums dropped between 1988-95. It adds up quickly as you can see.

So, is this album in your top 50? 75? 100?

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The 50 Most Important Indie Hip-Hop Albums

Friday, March 27th, 2015

 The 50 Most Important Indie Hip-Hop Albums

There have been several lists coming out lately on social media that inspired us to come up with this one. Shouts to FactMag.com and our homie, Alex from Steadybloggin.com, for the brain spark. Keep in mind that we’re talking about “indie” hip-hop here and because it has seen tremendous growth over the years, we’ve implemented a few filters to round out the list to the 50 most important ones.

No old-school releases are included, i.e. your early BDP type stuff. Nothing with major label distribution behind it. No singles, EPs, compilations or soundtracks (sorry Soundbombing). No subsidiary of major labels (think Relativity/Sony). No mixtapes, demos or out-the-trunk releases (sorry 40 water). We tried our best to make this independent-as-fuck. This order does NOT represent the greater release, rather the lasting impact it had on the artist/group, label, culture and hip-hop in general. Of course, this is the opinion of T.R.O.Y. and we welcome yours in the comments section.   –Philaflava

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Hiero Producer Series: Domino (Re-Upped)

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

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

Hiero Producer Series: A-Plus (Re-Upped)

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Installment #2 of the Hiero Producer Series: A-Plus

Domino is generally regarded as the production king of the Hieroglyphics crew (and rightfully so), but A-Plus has always been my personal favorite. Throughout the 90s, he utilized legendary soul-jazz samples from the likes of Bob James, Grover Washington, Billy Cobham, The Crusaders, Ahmad Jamal, Freddie Hubbard, etc. The man has terrific taste in music, and that is reflected in his production discography. I guess that I’m just a huge fan of soul-jazz, though, so that would explain my preference for A-Plus production over the funk-based arsenal of Domino.

Again, make room on your external HDs, as the Hiero Producer Series will ultimately comprise 2 GB worth of music. Here are four volumes worth of A-Plus production files:

A-Plus – Production Files Volume 1
1. Souls Of Mischief – Theme From The Vandals
2. Pep Love & Jay-Biz – Every Day Of The Week
3. Pep Love & Jay-Biz – Reckless
4. Extra Prolific & Tajai – Let It Ride
5. Souls Of Mischief – Tow Away Zone
6. Souls Of Mischief – Batting Practice (Original)
7. Souls Of Mischief – Step To My Girl
8. Souls Of Mischief – Cab Fare
9. Del – Catch A Bad One (Remix)
10. Del – Thank Youse
11. Souls Of Mischief – 93 ‘Til Infinity
12. Souls Of Mischief – Never No More
13. Souls Of Mischief – Anything Can Happen
14. Souls Of Mischief – Good Feeling
15. Souls Of Mischief – 93 ‘Til Infinity (Remix)
Re-upped 03/31/13

A-Plus – Production Files Volume 2
1. Souls Of Mischief – Get The Girl, Grab The Money & Run
2. Extra Prolific – Cash Money
3. Extra Prolific – One Motion
4. Extra Prolific – Now What
5. Extra Prolific – In 20 Minutes
6. Microphone Pager – Rapperz Are In Danger
7. Souls Of Mischief – Secret Service
8. Souls Of Mischief – Do You Want It
9. Souls Of Mischief – Come Anew
10. Souls Of Mischief – Ya Don’t Stop
11. Souls Of Mischief & Pep Love – Yeah It Was You
12. Souls Of Mischief & Snupe – Times Ain’t Fair
13. Del – Faulty
14. Del – X-Files
15. Del – Corner Story
16. Del – Del’s Nightmare
17. Del – Games Begin
18. Extra Prolific – Skimask & A Mic
Re-upped 03/31/13

A-Plus – Production Files Volume 3
1. Souls Of Mischief – A To The P
2. Souls Of Mischief – We Intersect
3. Souls Of Mischief – Step Off
4. Souls Of Mischief – Make Way
5. Hieroglyphics – You Never Knew
6. A-Plus, Tajai & Phesto – Mics Of The Roundtable
7. Hieroglyphics – The Who (Remix)
8. Pep Love & Casual – Last One (Remix)
9. Del & A-Plus – Battle Of The Shadow
10. Del – Stay On Your Toes
11. Pep Love – Living Is Beautiful
12. Pep Love – The Grind
13. Pep Love – U.S.
14. Pep Love – What You Are
15. Pep Love – Pacific Heights
16. Pep Love – Karma
17. Pep Love – Crooked Angles
Re-upped 03/31/13

A-Plus – Production Files Volume 4
1. Pep Love – Black People
2. Pep Love – The Substance
3. Pep Love – The Get Down
4. Souls Of Mischief – Acupuncture
5. Souls Of Mischief – Save The Babies (Conflict)
6. Souls Of Mischief – Bad Business
7. Souls Of Mischief – Superdoder
8. Del – Thank Youse (Instrumental)
9. Souls Of Mischief – 93 ‘Til Infinity (Instrumental)
10. Souls Of Mischief – 93 ‘Til Infinity (Remix Instrumental)
11. Souls Of Mischief – Never No More (Instrumental)
12. Souls Of Mischief – Anything Can Happen (Instrumental)
13. Souls Of Mischief – Step Off (Instrumental)
14. Hieroglyphics – You Never Knew (Instrumental)
15. Pep Love – Crooked Angles (Instrumental)
16. Souls Of Mischief – Bad Business (Instrumental)
Re-upped 03/31/13

Preview:

Souls Of Mischief – Theme From The Vandals

Pep Love & Jay-Biz – Every Day Of The Week

Souls Of Mischief – Batting Practice (Original)

Souls Of Mischief – Step To My Girl

Souls Of Mischief – Cab Fare

Souls Of Mischief – 93 ‘Til Infinity

Souls Of Mischief – Never No More

Souls Of Mischief – Good Feeling

Souls Of Mischief – 93 ‘Til Infinity (Remix)

Souls Of Mischief – Get The Girl, Grab The Money & Run

Souls Of Mischief – A To The P

Souls Of Mischief – We Intersect

Hieroglyphics – You Never Knew

Hieroglyphics – The Who (Remix)

Del & A-Plus – Battle Of The Shadow

–Roy Johnson

Hiero Producer Series: Casual (Re-Upped)

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

We’ll be reupping a few of our pieces in the next few days. We start with this classic we did 4 years ago.

Installment #5 of the Hiero Producer Series: Casual

Who doesn’t have talent behind the boards in the Hieroglyphics crew? I haven’t even gotten to Jay-Biz or Toure as of yet, and we’re already on installment #5.

The man behind the beat for “Catch A Bad One” is…..Casual??? When I first found out that he produced the lead single off of the “No Need For Alarm” LP, it absolutely blew my mind. If you think about it, “Catch A Bad One” is probably Del’s most well-known track outside of “Mistadobalina”, and the production is most definitely a major reason as to why that track is so popular amongst hip hop fans. The truly remarkable thing is that Cas was born in ’77 or thereabouts, so he was only in his mid-teens when he produced all of the tracks that you’ll find on volume 1, including the aforementioned “Catch A Bad One”, which was released in ’93.

Aside from his contributions on the officially-released Hiero albums, he also produced quite a few bangers of the non-album variety. The remix for “That’s How It Is” is fucking incredible, and it’s easily my favorite Casual beat. I’m also a big fan of his work on the “Wrongplace” remix, as well as the demos for “Gotta Lotta”, “Can U Feel It”, “Hydra”, etc.

Casual – Production Files Volume 1
1. Pep Love, Casual & Jay-Biz – It Gets No Better
2. Pep Love & Jay-Biz – The Orgy
3. Casual – Gotta Lotta
4. Casual – Can U Feel It
5. Casual – Where They At
6. Souls Of Mischief – Break A Leg
7. Del – Catch A Bad One
8. Del – Worldwide
9. Del -Wrongplace (Remix)
10. Souls Of Mischief – Batting Practice
11. Souls Of Mischief – Tell Me Who Profits
12. Casual – You Flunked
13. Casual – Get Off It
14. Casual – I Didn’t Mean To
15. Casual & Del – A Little Something
16. Casual – Chained Minds
17. Casual – That’s How It Is (Remix)
18. Casual – I Didn’t Mean To (Remix)
19. Extra Prolific – The Fat Outro
Re-upped 03/31/13

Casual – Production Files Volume 2
1. Souls Of Mischief – Chaos And Turmoil
2. Souls Of Mischief – Where The Fuck You At
3. Casual – Hundreds Of Rhymes
4. Casual – We Made You Guys
5. Casual – Years Ago
6. Casual – Gas Ignited
7. Casual – The Best At It
8. Casual – It Don’t Matter
9. Casual, Pep Love & Opio – Basement Freestyle
10. Casual – This Is For My Niggas
11. Casual – Dumb Shit
12. Casual – 900 RPM
13. Casual, Tajai & Opio – I Feel Like Bustin’
14. Casual – Freestyle
15. Casual – The Ending
16. Souls Of Mischief & Casual – Big Shit
17. Casual & Pep Love – The Last One
18. Casual & Opio – Dune Methane
19. Hieroglyphics – Heat
20. Hieroglyphics – Hydra
21. Hieroglyphics – Bubble Up
22. Casual – The Scandle
Re-upped 03/31/13

Casual – Production Files Volume 3
1. Del & Casual – Jaw Gymnastics
2. Pep Love – If You Can’t Beat ‘Em
3. Pep Love – Fallen
4. Pep Love – The Birds And The Bees
5. Pep Love – Fight Club (Remix)
6. Del – Catch A Bad One (Instrumental)
7. Del -Worldwide (Instrumental)
8. Souls Of Mischief – Batting Practice (Instrumental)
9. Souls Of Mischief – Tell Me Who Profits (Instrumental)
10. Casual – I Didn’t Mean To (Instrumental)
11. Casual – I Didn’t Mean To Remix (Instrumental)
12. Hieroglyphics – The Last One (Instrumental)
13. Hieroglyphics – Heat (Instrumental)
Re-upped 03/31/13

Preview:

Casual – Gotta Lotta

Casual – Can U Feel It

Del – Catch A Bad One

Del – Worldwide

Del -Wrongplace (Remix)

Casual & Del – A Little Something

Casual – That’s How It Is (Remix)

Casual & Opio – Dune Methane

Hieroglyphics – Hydra

Del & Casual – Jaw Gymnastics

–Roy Johnson

Souls Of Mischief – That’s When Ya Lost/Remix – Germany CD Single

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

I know I couldn’t have been the only one looking for this remix for the longest. Only a few thousand were ever pressed on CD, where as most had the blue vinyl at the time making this CDS are rare find. The wait is over though, thanks to 1994hiphopblogspot here it is encoded at 320 kbps for your iPods, Sony walkman or whatever your digital weapon of choice is. –Philaflava

Tracklist

01. That’s When Ya Lost (Album Version)
02. That’s When Ya Lost (Remix)
03. Let ‘Em Know
04. That’s When Ya Lost (Album Instrumental)

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Random VLS Drops: Del The Funky Homosapien – Wrong Place (1994)

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Single from Del’sNo Need For Alarm” album. It also contains “Undisputed Champs” track, featuring Pep Love and Q-Tip, which is not included on the album.

Enjoy!

01. Wrong Place (LP Version)
02. Wrong Place (Casual Remix)
03. Wrong Place (LP Instrumental)
04. Don’t Forget
05. Undisputed Champs Feat. Pep Love & Q-Tip

–>Download Wrong Place VLS<–

–Markshot

Who Flipped It Better? Hiero vs. Large Pro

Monday, July 13th, 2009

When I first heard this George Duke record, I immediately recognized the sample for Hieroglyphics’, “You Never Knew”. Dope sample. A Plus also incorporated a Patrice Rushen singing sample and sped it up to great effect. They wound up with an energetic, fast paced, warm weather anthem that made for a dope single and great video.

The first time I heard Large Pro‘s, “Dancin’ Girl”, I recognized it as having the same sample as “You Never Knew”. I had to go back and dig for the original because it’s not easy trying to remember every single song you ever heard and who used what for what. Nahmean?
Anyway, I was expectedly impressed with the way LP flipped that Duke sample. He looped that shit up lovely and turned it into a mellow, lounging at the tittie club anthem.

Not much more to be said here. Two great producers, two hip hop anthems.
Both dope, but in different ways. This is another example of the talent and creativity that goes behind sampling. Another example of how everybody hears things differently and how a good ear for samples can keep things fresh.

Previews:
George Duke – Seeing You

Patrice Rushen – Didn’t You Know

Large Professor – Dancin’ Girl

Hieroglyphics – You Never Knew


Don’t sleep on the “sampling” link within the post.

–Verge

Breakfast With Domino

Friday, July 10th, 2009

domino

Domino reached out to us and we took the opportunity to pick his brain a bit. This is for all the Hiero fans out there so check it out and get hip to Hiero 101. –Philaflava

How did you meet Del and the rest of Hiero?

 

I was introduced to Del through Dante Ross, at the time an A&R at Elektra who signed Del. I used to rent the back room of a SF record store Groove Merchant where Dante was shopping and we became friends basically through our similar tastes in records. I played him some of my tracks and he said I had talent and was gonna help me out. Ultimately he told Del about me, and he and A-plus came to my house and listened to beats. This was before the release of “I wish My Brother…” but after it had been recorded.

A month ago we did a piece on the Unkut interview with Dante Ross and we touched on his comments about Del’s “No Need For Alarm” album, care to lend your thoughts?

I mostly agree with Dante about No Need for Alarm being a no chorus/freestyle type of album with very little song structure when when it was first delivered. I will give you the complete story of that album from my stand point since I was around for most of the sessions.
Around late 91′, Del felt like “I Wish My Brother George Was Here” didn’t truly represent who he was as an artist and more importantly, a lyricist. For the most part Ice Cube controlled what did or did not go on the album and Del grew to dislike his “Funky Human Being” image/sound. Most of what Del recorded at home with the rest of his Oakland crew sounded nothing like what on his first album. When it came time to do singles for IWMBGWH, Del was given free reign to release whatever he pleased on the b-side. It was on these singles that Del did Burnt and Eye Examination, songs that most reflect what Del was truly on at that period. By early 92′, Souls of Mischief and Casual were getting signed and set off to do records about the same time Del was getting ready to start album number 2. This album was to be be recorded in the Bay Area and not in LA under Cube’s control thus Del was able to totally spread his wings, at least he thought.

Del was booked for a long lockout and started recording songs for what was to be his new album. In the mist of this work, Street Knowledge (Cubes company) sent a Paul Stewart up to check on the progress and take back copies of the 8-10 songs Del had recorded already. Word got back that Cube didn’t like anything he heard so Del went back into the studio and literally had the engineer (Matt Kelley) erase all he had recorded to start from scratch. (The only copies of those songs that exist were whomever had a rough mix cassette from the sessions. A few songs, “Neighborhood” and “What Do You say” are on Hiero Oldies and one, “In n Out”, was re-recorded for the album. Del then recorded most of what would become No Need For Alarm with me and the rest of the Hiero crew focusing on what we were on at that time, lyrical skills.

Souls’ 93 til and Casual’s Fear Itself were being recorded at the same time in the same studio so all those 3 albums were in a lot of ways a joint effort. By the time we were done, Cube had basically stopped checking on Del and we delivered most of what was the album directly to Dante. Dante felt that the album was ok but mostly a bunch of freestyles and lacked structure and hooks that was needed for singles. Dante had him come to NY and they recorded “Boo Boo Heads” and “Treats For The Kiddies” to round out the album.

One thing I will always remember around that time was Cube told Del, “your crew makes good beats but they’re not producers” and in hindsight, he was right. I think No Need For Alarm wasn’t as well put together as IWMBGWH and certainly wasn’t as commercial. At the same time, I believe it was the right record for Del to do at that point in his career because it established him as a lyrically progressive artist and helped get him the type of longevity that another IWMBGWH wouldn’t have given him.
What is your favorite self-produced track?
“After Dark” is my all time favorite track that I produced. Mainly because of the many different sources of samples that matched so well together on the song. I also love Pep’s performance on it, a perfect blend with the intensity of the track. I still get pumped when we do it live.

What is your favorite Hiero song?

Very hard to say but a few that stand out are”Make Your Mind Up” by SOM, “Thats How It Is Pt 2” by Casual feat A-Plus. A few Del Demo’s, “Captain America” and “What Do You Say” still blow my mind when I hear them. As did “Eye Examination” when I first heard it. I obviously can’t just say one.

Is there a lot of unreleased material in the Hiero vaults?

Yes, there is a lot of stuff but honestly most of the best work has been shared in one way or another through our Hiero Oldies releases. When I initially compiled them, I took what I felt was the strongest stuff we had done. Lots of the remaining stuff are cool demos but nothing to the level of the oldies songs, which I felt were as good as anything we had released on labels.

Can you elaborate on the Snupe situation?
Snupe just didn’t fit where we were heading musically and there were also a few incidents between him and other crew members that made it best that we part ways.

Let’s talk about Opio’s progression as a producer. He didn’t produce until the 2nd SOM LP so did you have anything to do with him becoming a producer?

I am sure he was influenced somewhat by me and the rest of the producers in Hiero but I believe it was something he wanted to do all along. I remember him buying a ASR-10 after the release of the 1st SOM album and just started making beats. There was a lot of tough love and jabs from us about his early work but he eventually came into his own nicely.

You disappeared for a few Hiero solos during the late 90s such as Future Development, Meanwhile, Focus, and 2 For 15, any reason why?

I was heavily involved in Future Development and in fact, “At The Helm” and “No Nuts” were originally recorded for that album. I was in the studio everyday and had input on every song he did. The Opio-produced “Oakland Blackouts” is another original Future Dev song.
I wasn’t involved in Meanwhile or Focus because they were both a compilation of songs recorded at home by those guys. 2 for 15 was done after Snupe left Hiero although I recall being at one session, I didnt have much to do with it.

How many “classic” albums do you feel Hiero has in their catalog as a whole? And what are they?

I don’t think I should be the one who says which of our albums are classics. That’s best left for the fans and people who know our music. The album I personally liked the best is Hieroglyphics “Third Eye Vision.”

In your opinion rank the following in terms of lyrical ability; Del, Pep or Casual?

Come on, thats like asking someone, who’s their favorite child (laughs). I’ll just say that Del is by far the best emcee I’ve ever been around in terms of originality combined with an amazing use of the English language. The best thing about all the emcees in Hiero is that they are all dope but still different from each other.

What is the most slept on Hiero album?
Pep Love “Ascension” is the most slept on Hiero album.

Where was the video for You Never Know shot?
The video was shot in Hawaii.

Will there be another Hieroglyphics album?
I don’t know. It is becoming more and more difficult to get everyone together and focused. We tend to revisit the subject frequently so hopefully it will catch one of these times.

Outside of hip-hop what are some artists/albums you really enjoy?

Current non-Hip-Hop artists I most enjoy are Radiohead and Amp Fiddler. If you’re talking about all time, I’d be hard pressed to name just one, some that I love off the top of my head like The Beatles, Curtis Mayfield, Fela Kuti, James Brown, Donny Hathaway and of course lately I’ve been listening to alot of MJ (RIP). For the most part I just listen to my iPod on shuffle so the variety is massive.

What are some non-Hiero artists you’d like to work with?

I’d love to work with Redman, Cee-lo or Rakim

Who are you 3 favorite producers of all time?

3 favorite Hip-Hop producers of all time are, Dr. Dre, The Bomb Squad and The Beatnuts.

Who are your 3 favorite current producers?

Currently it’s Just Blaze, Dan The Automator and Jake One.

Best Bay Area athlete- Rickey Henderson or Jason Kidd?

I’m from SF, definitely Barry Bonds!!

What new material can we expect from the Hiero camp?
I am finally working on a production album which will have many Hiero cameos as well as others.
Any last words?

I want to send much love to all the people who have showed us love through the years. Ya’ll have been a force in spreading the Hiero word to those not knowing. Keep asking questions and coming up to talk at shows because I really enjoy interacting with ya’ll. Ya’ll passion definitely helps keep me motivated

Hiero Producer Series: Domino

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

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