Hieroglyphics

Danno Presents & Nectar bring you:

Hieroglyphics

Del Tha Funky Homosapien, Casual, Domino, Toure, Pep Love, Souls Of Mischief, A-Plus, Opio, Phesto, Tajai, Stoney Hawk, Rap Noir, Mike Wird, Grandmasters, S.A.V.E.1

Thu 5.16.19

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Neumos

Seattle, WA

27.50 Adv.

This event is 21 and over

Hieroglyphics
Hieroglyphics
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 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.
Del Tha Funky Homosapien
Del Tha Funky Homosapien
Lyricist/Producer, born: 12 August 1972 in Oakland, California, USA.
Founder of the Hieroglyphics crew.
Cousin of Ice Cube. Also an original member of Da Lench Mob and Gorillaz.
Casual
Casual
You might know Jonathan Owens aka Casual as the co-founder of the Oakland based supergroup Hieroglyphics. However, If you look deeper, you learn that he is a self taught historian, linguistics expert, and highly heralded as “your favorite rappers favorite rapper”. Casual leaves listeners inspired to define their musical experience referencing current events, ancient Egypt and just about everything in between. Known for his fierce battle tactics and unique wordplay he established a reputation for dissecting even the hardest MCs. Chris Witt of Allmusic explains “ Casual produces an unending and seemingly unstoppable flow of boasts and taunts, the simplicity of his message belies the complexity of his vicious wordplay.” From his critically acclaimed major label debut “Fear Itself”, classic crew albums “Full Circle” and “Third Eye Vision” to indie direct to fan projects like “Rapgod” and “Hierophant” Casual has continued to push the envelope building a legendary catalog and cult following.

In addition to touring globally Casual has been just as active on the business side starting a production company “Wetworks Films”, launching the “Hiero Day Festival” and most recently pioneering “Hiero Coin” a new digital currency.

2014 is shaping up to be the biggest year to date for Casual as he prepares for the 20 year anniversary of what might be his most popular album “Fear Itself”. The celebration will kick off with a world tour where he will be performing the original album in its entirety and continue throughout the year with a unique look back at the project and its impact. - See more at: http://hieroglyphics.com/artists/casual#sthash.

Z-Man
Domino
Domino
Hip-hop producer. Son of bassist Ruben Siquenza.
Toure
Toure
DJ- PRODUCER-DRUMMER HIEROGLYPHICS 101%MUSIC
Pep Love
Pep Love
Souls Of Mischief
Souls Of Mischief
The East Oakland backpacker crew are members of the loose underground hip-hop consortium known as Hieroglyphics. The group consists of four erudite but hardcore MCs: A-Plus, Phesto, Opio and Tajai. Their debut album in 1993, '93 Til Infinity, produced an early-'90s anthem of the same name and spawned a movement towards bohemian yet rugged hip-hop. The crew drew comparisons to De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest for their abstract, whimsical style of storytelling. '93 Til was a youthfully impressionistic album echoing jazz and funk influences combined with precocious lyrical gestures. Such tracks as "That's When Ya Lost" and "Never No More" were memorable for their lyrics and feel alike. Two years later, SOM shucked off their reputation for their sophomore release, No Man's Land, a derisive and brash departure from '93 Til. While the crew lost some fans who were looking for a '95 Til, they managed to cultivate a loyal fan base who respected their out on a limb artistic development. Rather than sticking to the formula that made them popular with the college hip-hop set, they chose to shatter their image similar to De La Soul's second album De La Soul Is Dead. Their Northern California mindset combines chaos, danger, and the avant-garde, all from a very intellectual B-Boy perspective. The crew dropped the virtually invisible Focus strictly for web heads in 1999, then returned with Trilogy: Conflict, Climax, Resolution, another dark, trippy, and brooding exploration in 2000.
(c) Artist Biography by Michael DiBella
A-Plus
A-Plus
From the visionary musical family that includes Del The Funky Homosapien, Casual and Pep Love, Hieroglyphics Imperium presents A-PLUS. For nearly two decades, A PLUS has been honing his skills as producer, artist, and businessman as a founding member of the underground hip-hop consortium known as Hieroglyphics. With Souls of Mischief, he helped change the face of Hip Hop through the innovative production and smooth flow realized on 1993's "93 'Til Infinity" and 1995's "No Man's Land". In 2005, he released the first in a series of mix tapes, Pleemix Vol. 1, and his eagerly anticipated debut solo effort, My Last Good Deed, was released in 2007.

Since the late 1980s he has produced music for Hieroglyphics as a group and a musical collective without ever taking a break, responsible for some of Hieroglyphics’ biggest hits & most critically-acclaimed tracks including Soweto featuring Goapele, You Never Knew, and the title track of Full Circle which was featured in HBO’s “The Wire”. He has also proven his versatility as a producer with critically acclaimed production credits on the works of artists encompassing many genres of music, from Me'shell Ndegeocello to Chris Isaak.
Opio
Opio
As a teen, Opio hooked up with local rappers Tajai and A-Plus, whom he met through Casual, another emcee who was Opio's classmate and neighbor. The three instantly clicked and began recording together, soon adding fourth emcee Phesto Dee, to form the group Souls of Mischief. Together with Del the Funky Homosapien, Casual, Domino, and Pep Love, the legendary crew Hieroglyphics was born.

Opio has always done double duty for Hiero as both an emcee and producer. Opio's recent production credits include the track "Naked Fonk" from Del's recent 11th Hour. Opio's first solo effort, 2005's Triangulation Station, moved over 20,000 units.

Vulture's Wisdom, Volume 1 is the first chapter of a forthcoming trilogy from Opio. Vulture's Wisdom, Volume 2 features the single "Bill Collectors" & will be hitting store shelves & iTunes soon. All three Vulture's Wisdom releases are produced by The Architect.
Phesto
Phesto
PHESTO - BACKGROUND CHECK

Since 1993 when Souls of Mischief dropped their freshman album 93 ‘Til Infinity, the name Phesto has been synonymous with lyricism among Hip Hop fans. Flash forward to 2009, and Phesto is prepared to release his first solo effort entitled Background Check.

Growing up in East Oakland in the same neighborhood as Del, Phesto attended the same junior high school as Tajai, who introduced him to A-Plus, Opio and Casual. When Tajai, A-Plus and Opio formed Souls of Mischief, Phesto was asked to join as the fourth member of the group.

Although Phesto is well known and critically acclaimed for his intricate lyrics and charisma as an MC, he is also a seasoned producer who has been honing his craft for 14 years. His production credits include “Phesto Dee” from Hieroglyphics’ Third Eye Vision album, “This is for My Niggas” from Casual’s album Meanwhile, “Airborne Rangers” from the Souls of Mischief album Trilogy: Conflict, Climax, Resolution, & “Shift the Sands”, “Way too Cold” and “Maximize Third Eyes” (12” B-Side) from the Souls of Mischief album Focus.

Background Check is a showcase for Phesto’s beats and the first time he’s produced the majority of an album. “When people listen to my album I don’t think they’re hear any esoteric musicality, I just think its Hip Hop to the core,” explains Phesto. “I like my beats harder, that’s the stuff I rap over. That’s why I chose to do the majority of the production on the album. It was a conscious effort to make people aware of the fact that I am a producer.” In addition to Phesto’s production, the album also includes beats from A-Plus, Tone Capone, Domino, DJ Khalil, Architect, Mike Loe, and Kev Choice.

As with everything the members of Hieroglyphics and Souls of Mischief do, Phesto takes the creation of music seriously. “I’m at the age now where if you ask me what I am I’ll tell you I’m a musician. 15 years ago, I might have said I’m a rapper. I’m actually enrolled in school studying music theory. I wanted to get classical training because if I’m going to be a musician I want to be the best musician I can be. I want to see all sides of the prism.” Musicians Kev Choice (piano/organ/Moog), Uncle Ron (guitar) and Nayo LaFreniere (vocals) are featured on the album.

Since Background Check is Phesto’s literal introduction as a solo artist, the album title invites old-school fans and future listeners to do just that – check the sounds and statistics on Hieroglyphics, Souls of Mischief, and Phesto himself. “It’s a multifold meaning, obviously similar to when you apply for a job they do a background check to see what you’re about,” Phesto says when asked about the album title. “Another meaning to me is people say ‘chin check’ or ‘gut check’, basically this is like ‘background check’, whether its mine or yours. I have a long track record but I want people to do their homework and check what I’m about.”
Tajai
Tajai
Rapper/Producer Tajai Massey, stage name Tajai, is one of the four founding members of Souls Of Mischief. An alternative hip-hop group from Oakland, CA that is also part of the hip-hop collective, Hieroglyphics. The group consists of emcees A-Plus, Opio, Phesto, and Tajai. With classic albums like 93 'til Infinity, No Man's Land, Focus and Trilogy: Conflict Climax, and Resolution it is no wonder why this Oakland rapper and his team still hold massive weight in the hip hop community.
Venue Information:
Neumos
925 E Pike St
Seattle, WA, 98122
http://www.neumos.com/