Hieroglyphics (All Original Members) w/ Thin Air Crew, Kind Dub

Hieroglyphics (All Original Members) w/ Thin Air Crew, Kind Dub

Fri, February 24, 2017

Doors: 9:30 pm / Show: 10:00 pm (event ends at 1:30 am)

$25 Advance / $30 Day Of Show

This event is 16 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.
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.
Opio
Opio
As a member of both Souls of Mischief and Hieroglyphics, Opio pulls double duty as both producer and MC . A self-proclaimed Child of the 70's and raised in a musical household, Opio knew early on that Hip-Hop was his love. My father was a musician I was always exposed to all different music, Classical, a lot of Jazz Reggae, Rock? Hip-Hop was just the combination of all that to me. Throughout the early eighties, he breakdanced, deejayed and emceed, fully immersed in the culture that he still loves. As a teen, Opio hooked up with local rappers Tajai and A Plus, whom he met through Casual, another MC who was Opio's classmate and neighbor. The three instantly clicked and began recording together, soon adding fourth MC Phesto Dee to form the group Souls of Mischief. Together with Del the Funky Homosapien, Casual, Domino and Pep Love, the crew Hieroglyphics was born. The rest is history Looking back, Opio has achieved a rather impressive following along with Souls as he continues down the path of excellence. Their first LP, 93 'Til Infinity (Jive, 1993) which debuted at 14 on Billboard's R&B charts and placed at 109 in the top 200, garnered both commercial and critical success, and is widely recognized as a Hip Hop classic. Their second album, No Man's Land (Jive, 1995) came in at 27 on the R&B charts. Along with these major label releases, Souls of Mischief have continued their growth, but within their own company, Hiero Imperium, the independent label Opio and his Hieroglyphics brethren formed in 1997. Opio's lyrics and production can currently be heard on the Hieroglyphics releases, Third Eye Vision (Hiero Imperium, 1998), One Big Trip (Hiero Imperium, 2002) and Full Circle (Hiero Imperium, 2003), along with the Souls of Mischief album, Trilogy: Conflict, Climax, Resolution (Hiero Imperium, 2000).
Phesto
A-Plus
Since the late 1980s A-Plus has produced music for Hieroglyphics as a group and a musical collective, responsible for some of Hieroglyphics' biggest hits & most critically-acclaimed tracks. He has also proven his versatility as a producer with critically acclaimed production credits on the works of artists encompassing many genres of music.
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.
Del the Funky Homosapien
Del the Funky Homosapien
Hailing from Oakland, California comes Del the Funky Homosapien no doubt a true innovator and legend in the world of underground Hip-hop. Del got his start rapping behind his cousin, Ice Cube, as a member of his back-up band and crew. After parting ways, Del ventured out as a solo artist, making music that immediately gained attention. Del's music offered a fresh new outlook on an otherwise gangsta rap controlled California Hip-Hop scene. His viewpoint offered a more detached alternative style laced with humorous rhymes and funky beats. After securing a deal with Elektra Records, Del released two critically acclaimed albums, I Wish my brother George was here ( 1991) and No need for alarm (1993). Despite record sales in the hundred of thousands, his third album, Future Development, was never commercially released. Fed up with the commercialized music industry, Del began working with his crew, the Hieroglyphics, to create a massive independent network of Oakland based Hip-Hop. The crew began to successfully release projects under their own Hieroglyphics Emporium label. Del, joined by a talented coalition of emcees, including Pep Love, the Souls of Mischief, Casual, and Domino, went on to create a critically acclaimed album called 3rd Eye Vision ( 1998). With the release of the album, "Hiero" went on the road and toured incessantly, supporting the album for much of 1998. Since their inception, the Hieroglyphics crew has developed a cult like following, while giving each one of their artists the creative freedom to expand. For his next solo effort, Del demanded complete control and came out with 17 tracks of pure Del funkiness. He handled the majority of the production on the album but also collaborated with some of Hip-Hop's finest including Prince Paul and El-P(Def Jux). The album, titled Both Sides of the brain, again garnered excellent reviews. Rolling Stone magazine commented, "Del's elastic language is the real star here. Rhyming about everything from The Hobbit to Joe Piscopo, he cements his status as rap's staunchly independent lord of the underground and perhaps the best rapper you've never heard." Continuing to grow in popularity, Del would soon solidify himself as one of Hip-Hop's most versatile artists. Linking up with powerhouse producer Dan "the Automator" Nakamura and world-class turntablist Kid Koala, Del helped to create one of the most innovative Hip-Hop albums in recent history. Deltron 3030 received wonderful reviews (4.5 stars from RollingStone) and continued on to further secure Del's place in Hip-Hop history. The ideas and concepts born with Deltron 3030 allowed for the creation of Del's next project, the globally embraced "Gorillaz" collaboration. With Dan "the Automator" Nakamura, Blur's Damon Albarn, Tom Tom Club's Tona Weymouth, Buena Vista Social Club start Ibrahim Ferrer, and Kid Koala working together, the album was an immediate hit. Del's lead vocals on the smash single "Clint Eastwood" helped the Gorillaz sell over 5 million records worldwide. Del has successfully released quality, critically acclaimed material for over 10 years. There seems to be no stopping him and as history has shown. Del's lyrics and wordplay are the Midas touch to his wonderful taste in production. Del the Funky Homosapien has grown from the 17 year-old protege of Ice Cube, to a crafted artist, whose hypnotic voice has transcended the norm, taking underground Hip-Hop to an even deeper level.
Pep Love
Pep Love
Pep Love is an emcee and beat producer from California's San Francisco Bay Area; Oakland to be precise. He made his debut appearance on Casual's Fear Itself album on the song titled "Who's It On." Not long afterwards, Pep showcased his rapid fire, tongue-twisting, rhythmically precise word play on the B-Side of Del the Funky Homosapien's Wrong Place at the Wrong Time on a song entitled "Undisputed Champs" that also featured Native Tongues stalwart Q-Tip of a Tribe Called Quest. Since then, Pep has become an underground hip hop staple as a member of Hieroglyphics through his contributions on all three Hiero albums, including Third Eye Vision, Full Circle and The Kitchen. 

Pep Love's first solo effort, Ascension, was released to much critical acclaim in the hip hop underworld on July of 2001 as one of the early releases on the Hieroglyphics Imperium imprint. He went on to release Ascension Side C, Rigmarole and Dolla Daily, as well as a cameo project entitled First Light - Fallacy Fantasy with his fellow Hieroglyphics crew member and Souls of Mischief group member Opio. 

Pep could be considered somewhat of a conscious lyricist with an edge and a slight proclivity towards white wine, 60/40 spliffs and lit dance floors. Some of this activity can be seen at his local underground hip hop DJ event series called "Wax Poetic." Some of this can also be heard on his two latest single releases "Prayful' Hate" and "Master Blaster." The latest releases will be followed by his next EP, entitled Fly Philosophy, soon to be released on the Hieroglyphics Imperium label. Stay tuned and be sure to make your presence felt when Pep Love arrives with his DJ, lyrics, songs, banging' boom-bapish beats and vibe sauce at a music hall near you. 

You can buy and stream Pep Love's new music here:

https://peplove.bandcamp.com

https://hieroglyphicsimperium.bandcamp.com/album/fallacy-fantasy

https://hieroglyphicsimperium.bandcamp.com
Casual
Casual
"I'm concerned that this band has named themselves after legendary Bay Area rapper... They are in for much confusion wherever they play" - Andrew Schneider
Domino
Born in San Francisco, California, Domino is a record producer, manager & DJ. He began his music career as a rapper, but by 1989-90 had switched almost exclusively to beat making. By the time he joined the Hieroglyphics in the mid-1990's Domino concentrated solely on beat making and production.
DJ Toure
As part of a small handful of talented producers amongst a generation of hopefuls, Toure Duncan aka DJ Toure of the Hieroglyphics is hard at work making music for some of the Bay Area's top recording artists. DJ Toure began producing music for the Hieroglyphics Collective, who have established themselves as mainstay in the underground hip hop scene. DJ Toure has made a name for himself as a producer in the Bay Area with his philosophy of originality and creativity generating a demand for his particular style of aggressive, bold and colorful melodies over bass heavy tracks.
He produced tracks for Dolla Will, who was signed to Too $hort's record label at the time and worked with many other Bay Area artists including Too $hort, E-40, Father Dom, Beeda Weeda, and Goapele. His production company, 101% Music, has acted as an incubator for new talent in the Bay's Hip Hop, Rap, Soul, and R&B genres. Renowned for his DJing skills as well, he has been featured on songs including "That's How it Is", Casual's first single and recently toured as Kelly Rowland's DJ.
As a drummer Toure has toured in Mystic's band and played alongside the Black Eyed Peas in Canada and the United States. DJ Toure is currently working on his latest project, Hieorphant, featuring Casual and produced by DJ Toure (available on iTunes). He is also currently working on new Hiero music and looking forward to a tour in 2012. He is also working on E-40, Droop-e and Too Short projects. The forthcoming, Toure's Theory: Session One, project on the Interdependent Media label will soon announce a release date and expect details of his promotional tour soon.
Thin Air Crew
Thin Air Crew
THIN AIR CREW is composed of two hip hop artists all with long ties in the Colorado music scene. All three share drum line backgrounds, with L.A. Rose holding a degree in Music from Colorado State University. The Crew met through each's love of music and local word of mouth about the early tracks being produced, and it quickly escalated into moving in together and creating a studio, making their passion of hip hop into an everyday job. THIN AIR CREW is currently playing shows in the Fort Collins/Denver area and looking to expand their music as far as possible.
Kind Dub
Kind Dub
With bass hitting so hard the late great Beethoven could hear, electric guitar shredding sure to shock crowds, and microphone manipulating mastermind MC’s, Kind Dub keeps the party dancin’!

Kind Dub was founded in ATL by “Mr.” Kind Dub himself in a dirty-south basement where the beat productions and mad-scientist mindset started making it’s own mark in the music industry. Pursuing dreams and making moves landed this multi-talented musician and producer in Colorado to evaluate the rapidly expanding and diverse music scene.

“Mr. KD” linked up with “CO”, a native freestyle wrecker debt-collector and fellow entrepreneur, to start taking over their witty and highly entertaining future plans. Launching their clothing line, Hood Life, led to new production possibilities that are as unlimited as the music potential this group possesses. Now this unstoppable duo is ready to take over the world. Influences include classic rock, old school hip-hop, electronica, and anything available in a dusty crate of vinyl.

The Kind Dub Krew wrecks tracks together with various artists including Arson and Qbala. Download the new Kind Dub Krew How We Do It EP for free here!
Venue Information:
Aggie Theatre
204 South College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
http://www.aggietheatre.com/