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Hiero Day Shows Love For Oakland By Keeping It In "The Town"

Posted by Billyjam, September 1, 2012 07:48am | Post a Comment
It is only fitting that the setting for this Monday's (Labor Day) Hiero Day 2012 will be Oakland, CA. After all "The Town" (Oakland) is where the members of the globally respected, two-decade strong, hip-hop collective The Hieroglyphics came up in and, more importantly, stayed in. "We are lovers and supporters of our hometown. We have never left it, and have built a business empire that has hired many over the years. It is only right that we celebrate the positive in our own community as a form of tribute and to give back to a place that has nurtured and supported us," event organizer Tajai Massey of Clear Label Media Group Hieroglyphics Enterprises told the Amoeblog.

Massey is perhaps better known to most hip-hop fans simply as Tajai of the mighty Souls of Mischief crew who over the years, along with such fellow Hiero members as Casual, Del The Funky Homosapien, Pep Love,  Domino, Extra Prolific, and DJ Toure,  helped build the Hieroglyphics into an internationally recognizable and respected contemporary cultural entity. Indeed travel to any corner of the globe and odds are folks will instantly identify the Hiero's famous logo that was designed over 20 years ago by Del The Funky Homosapien.

Unfortunately due to his ongoing Deltron 3030 tour date commitments it seems like Del may not be able to make it on Monday for Hiero Day but (fingers crossed) reportedly there is a slim chance he may be able to make it. Regardless all of his other Hiero brethren will be there Labor Day in Downtown Oakland for Hiero Day which goes from 11am to 6pm and happens on San Pablo Ave. between 17th + 18th Streets (near the New Parish). "Members of Hieroglyphics performing Monday will include Opio, DJ Toure, A-Plus, Tajai, Pep Love, Casual, and Souls of Mischief," said  Walasia Al-Noor Shabazz - the General Manager at the Hieros' Clear Label Media company. And in addition to the Hieroglyphics first family of hip-hop there will be some of the very best of the Bay Area on stage too including Blackalicious, Planet Asia (technically from Fresno), Equipto, Moe Green, and Z-Man (who is still an honorary member of the Hiero camp since he put out a release via the Hieros a few years ago). Also performing will be the Kev Choice Ensemble and Honor Roll, plus DJ D Sharp.

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Del The Funky Homosapien Discusses Anticipated Forthcoming Deltron Album

Posted by Billyjam, July 11, 2012 10:41am | Post a Comment
A true sign of a really good hip-hop act is one that can keep their fans waiting a dozen long years before releasing a new album. In the notoriously fickle world of hip-hop, where even two years is considered a long gap between albums, to keep your fans hanging on for twelve years and still be there patiently waiting in anticipation is quite a coup. But such is the case with Deltron - the famed hip-hop supergroup comprised of the Bay Area's producer Dan The Automator, and emcee Del The Funky Homosapien (aka Deltron Zero), along with Canadian turntablist Kid Koala - who released their critically and commercially acclaimed debut Deltron 3030 back in 2000 that included such guests as Prince Paul. Peanut Butter Wolf, MC Paul Barman and Mr Lif. This September Deltron promise (for real this time) that they will release the hella overdue sequel - tentatively titled Deltron Event II.  And those patient dedicated Deltron fans, who waited so long that there was even a 2008 reissue of the first album, could not be happier with news of the album to be finally released. So too is Del The Funky Homosapien who talked to the Amoeblog this week about the forthcoming album.

"It's great man," said Del admitting that, "It took a while to get it done." Indeed the album, which had many false starts and stops over the past several years ever since production reportedly first began in 2006, has been supposedly been about to drop quite a few times including earlier this year.  Everyone was busy with stuff, said Del. "Dan had things going on. But once it started clicking, it was quick [writing & recording] doing it. It was like the first one." But compared to that first one released all those years ago, this one will sound a little different - but in a good way, insisted Del.  "I gotta say Dan stepped things up with this one production-wise. I really admire Dan from a producer standpoint. There's just all these subtle things in the music at certain places and you might not notice it till much later but they hella matter - just these little special touches, that added gloss," he said. "I like it and I think a lot of people will really enjoy it." 

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Weekly Hip-Hop Rap-Up Video Version with E-Lit @ Amoeba, Kool Keith, Phonte, 4two7, Doseone, 14KT, Illus, A-Wax + more

Posted by Billyjam, June 22, 2012 03:13am | Post a Comment
            

Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: Week Ending June 22, 2012

1) Del & Parallel Thought Attractive Sins (Parallel Thoughts)

2) House Shoes Let It Go (Tres Records) (CDLP)

3) Kool Keith Love and Danger (Junkadelic)

4) Big K.R.I.T. Krit Wuz Here (Green Streets Int)

5) Phonte Charity Starts At Home (Hbd Label Group)

Thanks to E Lit for this week's (video version) of the hip-hop report with new videos by artists below (some on the chart, some not) and E Lit doing a run down of releases and upcoming shows in video above.



Phonte "The Life of Kings (feat. Evidence & Big K.R.I.T.)" from Charity Begins At Home (2012)


Hiero Imperium Summer Tour Announced

Posted by Billyjam, June 20, 2012 06:52pm | Post a Comment
           

Add to your list of must-attend summer concerts the just-announced Hiero Imperium Summer Tour 2012, featuring performances by Souls of Mischief, Pep Love, Casual, plus special guests along the way. The four-week Western US tour, that kicks off July 19th in San Diego at the House Of Blues, will take them from Cali to Washington, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, and Nevada, winding up on August 18th at the Country Saloon in Las Vegas.  What makes this sixteen date tour worth attending is the fact that it is most prolific year yet from the two-decade old collective. Recently five of the Hieros have released solo albums - and they're real good too - including Casual (He Still Think He Raw), Pep Love (Rigmarole), Phesto Dee (Background Check), Opio (Vulture's Wisdom Vol. 2), and Tajai (Machine Language).

In addition to these new solo projects, they also have, as a crew, a grip of new songs to perform on this tour. "I'm looking forward to doing the new material the most, with the new albums from Pep, Casual, Opio, Phesto, and me," the Souls' Tajai said adding that of all the dates on the tour that their hometown show (the non nightclub stop on the tour and the only Bay Area show) on August 4th is one he is really looking forward to. "I'm excited to rock the hometown Art And Soul Festival. Oakland, USA!" For disappointed fans of Del The Funky Homosapien, whose name is noticeably absent from this Hiero tour line up, note that you can catch the most famous HIero in concert in the East Bay this weekend at the High Times 2012 Medical Cannabis Cup at the Craneway Pavilion at 1414 Harbour Way South. The event runs both weekend days but Del performs at the Saturday night party along with Smoke Dza, and others. For more info on the Cannabis Cup. And for more info on the Hiero Imperium Summer Tour 2012. 

Hopie's "Raw Gems" Record Release Party & Concert At 330 Ritch, Sept 15th, To Showcase Talents of This Gifted Bay Area Femcee & Other Bay Area Female Artists

Posted by Billyjam, September 14, 2011 11:43pm | Post a Comment
Bay Area female emcee Hopie may not yet be a household name but that could all soon change once the hip-hopper's brand new self-released album Raw Gems, which with production by 6Fingers captures the artist at her best and in some excellent company (guest  spots from  MURS, Del the Funky Homosapien, LuckyIAm, Moe Green, Psalm One, Josie Stingray, and Donwill) makes its way out into the hip-hop sphere and hip-hop fans catch up on this San Francisco secret. The new album, which dropped this week, is the third full-length album from the artist who until very recently went by the rap name Hopie Spitshard and who was also known as simply Hopie Spitta. Tomorrow night (Thursday September 15th) the Manila, Philippines born and Daly City, San Francisco raised artist will be throwing a big record release party / hip-hop showcase at 330 Ritch for which she'll be joined by an array of local talents  including DJ Snayk Eyez, La Femme Deadly Venoms, Rocky Rivera, and Hard Candy

A lot of good things, it seems, have happened in this artist's life of late; on both a personal and an artistic level. In her personal life Hopie, who many of her diehard fans feared had dropped out of the hip-hop game for good since they hadn't heard much from her for a few years, had taken a couple years off to focus on law school which she graduated from last year. Since then the tireless woman has kept busy working in the studio on both Dulce Vita, which dropped earlier this year, and on the brand new Raw Gems

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