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The Oakland-based Hieroglyphics are an underground rap collective who, at their best, combine an offbeat sensibility with a strong grounding in battle rhyming, freestyling, and other hip-hop traditions. All the members enjoy their own separate careers -- founder Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Casual, the Souls of Mischief, Extra Prolific, producer/manager Domino, Pep Love, and producer Jay Biz (the latter two of whom have also worked together as the Prose). Most of the members had known each other since high school (or earlier), and after Del scored a record deal with his cousin Ice Cube's help, much of the Hieroglyphics crew wound up with major-label contracts of their own. Del, Souls of Mischief, and Casual, in particular, earned strong cult followings, but Hieroglyphics never produced a breakout mainstream star, and all the members wound up dropped from their respective labels by the mid-'90s despite their generally high-quality work. The crew regrouped with their own label, Hieroglyphics Imperium, which provided not only a platform for their future releases, but total creative control. In addition, the entire collective teamed up for the first album under the Hieroglyphics name, Third Eye Vision, in 1998. Several self-released compilations also appeared, and the proper Hieroglyphics follow-up, Full Circle, dropped in 2003. In 2007 the crew treated fans to a collection of rare B-sides and remixes from all the members, entitled Over Time. Five years later the crew reunited for The Kitchen, the first proper Hieroglyphics album in a decade. ~ Steve Huey
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  1.   Song
  2.   You Never Knew
  3.   G.U.O.M.D.
  4.   At the Helm
  5.   The Who
  6.   Gun Fever
  7.   All as Above So Below
  8.   Fantasy Island
  9.   Don't Hate the Player
  10.   Throw It in Ya Grill
  11.   Heat
  12.   Immortals
  13.   Nutrition
  14.   Livin' It Up
  15.   Unseen Hand by Souls of Mischief
  16.   Greed by A+
  17.   Jingle Jangle
  18.   Maggie May (R.I.P. Faith)
  19.   Let It Roll
  20.   Shift Shape
  21.   Think Again
  22.   Del
  23.   Opio
  24.   Tajai
  25.   Contact Sport
  26.   Heebie Jeebies
  27.   Shores Galore
  28.   Passing Fads
  29.   The Mayor
  30.   It's About Time by Del the Funky Homosapien
  31.   The Scandle
  32.   Battle of the Shadow featuring Del the Funky Homosapien
  33.   If You Must featuring Del the Funky Homosapien
  34.   Masterminds featuring Del the Funky Homosapien
  35.   Prose Officially featuring Jay Biz
  36.   Leroy
  37.   Respect Deez
  38.   Full Circle by Goapele
  39.   Classic
  40.   Make Your Move by Goapele
  41.   Powers That Be
  42.   No Nuts
  43.   Mics of the Roundtable
  44.   Prelude
  45.   Nano Salt
  46.   Soundscience by Souls of Mischief
  47.   The Last One
  48.   The Kitchen Intro
  49.   Intro
  50.   Darkness
  51.   Highway Five
  52.   Love Flowin'
  53.   A-Plus
  54.   Hydra
  55.   Heatish
  56.   Indonesia
  57.   One Hundred Thousand Indi
  58.   See Delight
  59.   Golden
  60.   All Things
  61.   Flutes
  62.   That Merch
  63.   Cyberpunks featuring Del the Funky Homosapien
  64.   Phoney Phranchise by Del the Funky Homosapien
  65.   One Life One Love
  66.   After Dark
  67.   It's Partly Me
  68.   Phesto D
  69.   Dune Methane
  70.   Miles to the Sun
  71.   Pep Love
  72.   Fight Club
  73.   Indonesia Interlude
  74.   Off the Record
  75.   Casual
  76.   Exciting

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