Hiero Day 2014 -- happening Monday, September 1st in Oakland in the blocks surrounding 95 Linden Street (Linden Street Brewery) -- may only be in its third year, but this ambitious, annual, refreshingly non-mainstream, all-ages East Bay hip-hop festival has quickly become the best Bay Area hip-hop festival of the year. Hiero Day features the extended Hieroglyphics hip-hop collective along with a slew of equally talented hip-hop friends (mostly Bay and Cali hip-hop acts) performing on three different stages throughout the day. I attended last year's Hiero Day and was so impressed with how fun and how peaceful this musically rich event was!
Hiero Day is free and all-ages with a truly indie feeling, and no nasty corporate overtones. In fact it is more like an expanded modern day continuation of the Living Legends' Unsigned & Hella Broke jams back in the day. Fittingly, Mystik Journeymen are among those on the bill at Hiero Day 2014 - a day that will attract hip-hop appreciative fans in the thousands to enjoy great music, a variety of tasty food trucks, tables selling cool hip-hop clothing, a skate contest, and (for vinyl fiends and crate diggers) the beat swap meet.
Doors open at 11am and it goes till 6pm. Early arrival suggested, as is taking public transit or cycling to event (no parking provided but it is only a ten minute walk from West Oakland BART). More info on the official Hiero Day website, the Hiero Day Facebook page, with additional tix (even though it's a free event, you need advance ticket) via EventBrite.
Scroll all the way down to end to see schedule timetable for Hiero Day 2014.
In honor of this year's impressive line-up, here are music videos by many of the artists performing at Hiero Day 2014 including Souls of Mischief with Adrian Younge (fresh in from the East Coast), Zion I with The Grouch & Eligh, Mystik Journeymen, Vallejo rap legend Mac Mall, SF rap legend Rappin' 4 -Tay will be joining SF underground hip-hop kings Bored Stiff during their early afternoon set, Fresno mic-wrecker Fashawn (recently signed by Nas to his Mass Appeal imprint), fellow Fresno mic talent Planet Asia who will be performing with Tristate (together known as General Monks), Los Angeles producer and sometimes rapper Exile, and popular Panama by way of Oakland duo Los Rakas.
[title track off new album with Adrian Younge,
Zion I featuring The Grouch & Eligh "We Dont" (2012)
Fashawn "The Beginning" (2013) (produced by Evidence who also co-directed video)
will be on The Ecology out September 30th on Mass Appeal
Bored Stiff "Posta Sound" (2009)
(Equipto, Mint Rock, Mic - produced by Soda from Now More Than Ever)
General Monks (Planet Asia & TriState) "Bar Season" (2011)
Los Rakas "Sueno Americano" (2014)
(Raka Rich & Raka Dun: from Panama to Oakland to deal with Universal Latin)
Mystik Journeymen (Sunspot Jonz & Luckyiam) "The Doorman Song (feat. The Grouch)" (2011)
Boac produced track from the Return 2 the Love from the Living Legends duo behind the original Oakland underground hip-hop gatherings with their Unsigned & Hella Broke jams back in the day
Mac Mall "Sick Wit Tis" (1993) (Straight classic from 1993's Illegal Business)
Exile Zip Disks & Floppies (2013)
Exile, the LA producer/sometime rapper and musical partner to BLU wanted to share his whole Zip Disks & Floppies album last year via YouTube with the above stop animation loop that he and Tony Browning created he said, "symbolizing the death of my Floppy and zip disks to save my beats." Exile is among those at Hiero Day today but BLU & Exile as a group will join Souls of Mischief & Adrian Younge on a bill at Mayan Theater in LA later this week. The Thursday Sept 4th SoCal show will also feature
a performance from The Pharcyde.