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.