The folks at Oakland's Hieroglyphics hip-hop collective have announced the anticipated lineup for this year's Hiero Day that does not disappoint and happens in two weekends on Monday September 7th at 3rd and Chestnut Streets in Oakland. In addition to headlining act the Hieros, whose membership boasts such members as Souls of Mischief, Del the Funky Homosapien, Casual and DJ Toure, this year's amazing Hiero Day 2015 lineup will feature 45 diverse acts (over three stages) that covers various eras and subgenres of hip-hop that is sure to please any hip-hop fan. This impressive lineup will include Tha Alkaholiks who arrived on the hip-hop scene the same time as the Hieros, Odd Future's Domo Genesis, Cali Agents (Rasco and Planet Asia), Stones Throw founder DJ/producer Peanut Butter Wolf, Boots Riley's legendary Oakland political hip-hop soldiers The Coup, Freestyle Fellowship's super-gifted emcee Aceyalone, legendary Oakland rap duo the Luniz, Raashan Ahmad's group formerly known as The Mission - Crown City Rockers, MC Eiht's legendary 90's SoCal rap group Compton's Most Wanted, hometown hip-hop heroes Foreign Legion, Rhymesayers' female emcee talent Psalm One who had changed her name for a minute in recent years, Zion I, Phat Kat & Guilty Simpson, Equipto & Otayo Dubb, HBK members Kool John, P-Lo, and Jay Ant in separate sets, and hyphy era stars The Team.
When Hiero Day began in 2012, at a location in the Uptown area of Oakland near the New Parish, the naysayers cynically said that it would not last past year one - it being a big rap event in Oakland and free to anyone and everyone, it would have to self-implode they predicted. But thankfully those negative predictions were totally wrong as proven by the continuance of this wonderful all-day celebration of hip-hop music that, in addition to the mulit-faceted Hiero crew, showcases a rich variety of hip-hop with a focus on Bay Area and West Coast, and is now celebrating its fourth year. Not only that but Hiero Day, which after outgrowing its original year one street festival space moved over to its current ideal location - on a stretch of 3rd Street roughly midway between West Oakland BART and Jack London Square - has gotten bigger and better each year. More impressive is that Hiero Day 4 is all ages event for the community! One small change however this year is that it is no longer a totally free event but, due to mounting costs on producing such a large scale event, there is now a minimal ticket cost of $10 - $20 with advance tickets online. Among the many DJs spinning at Hiero Day 2015 will be Beat Junkies/The Visionaries star DJ Rhettmatic, (former Amoebite/Oakland Faders co-founder) DJ Platurn, Sake One of Local 1200 crew, (friend of Amoeba) House Shoes, D Sharp, and Kevvy Kev with on stage hosts including Chuy Gomez and Chris RIggins. To secure advance tix for Hiero Day 2015 click here. Below is a nice video overview of last year's Hiero Day 2014 by General Hydroponics.