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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.   All as Above So Below
  7.   Gun Fever
  8.   Fantasy Island
  9.   Don't Hate the Player
  10.   Indonesia Interlude
  11.   Miles to the Sun
  12.   One Hundred Thousand Indi
  13.   Leroy
  14.   Hydra
  15.   Casual
  16.   Heebie Jeebies
  17.   Shores Galore
  18.   Indonesia
  19.   It's About Time by Del the Funky Homosapien
  20.   Fight Club
  21.   Cyberpunks featuring Del the Funky Homosapien
  22.   Masterminds featuring Del the Funky Homosapien
  23.   Phoney Phranchise by Del the Funky Homosapien
  24.   Throw It in Ya Grill
  25.   Respect Deez
  26.   Shift Shape
  27.   Think Again
  28.   After Dark
  29.   Phesto D
  30.   Dune Methane
  31.   See Delight
  32.   Soundscience by Souls of Mischief
  33.   Prelude
  34.   Powers That Be
  35.   Jingle Jangle
  36.   The Last One
  37.   Golden
  38.   Livin' It Up
  39.   If You Must featuring Del the Funky Homosapien
  40.   Prose Officially featuring Jay Biz
  41.   Greed by A+
  42.   Classic
  43.   One Life One Love
  44.   No Nuts
  45.   Tajai
  46.   Pep Love
  47.   Darkness
  48.   Nano Salt
  49.   The Kitchen Intro
  50.   Del
  51.   That Merch
  52.   Battle of the Shadow featuring Del the Funky Homosapien
  53.   Contact Sport
  54.   It's Partly Me
  55.   Heatish
  56.   A-Plus
  57.   Passing Fads
  58.   Unseen Hand by Souls of Mischief
  59.   Full Circle by Goapele
  60.   Maggie May (R.I.P. Faith)
  61.   Intro
  62.   Make Your Move by Goapele
  63.   Highway Five
  64.   Let It Roll
  65.   Immortals
  66.   Flutes
  67.   Heat
  68.   Nutrition
  69.   All Things
  70.   Mics of the Roundtable
  71.   Love Flowin'
  72.   The Mayor
  73.   Opio
  74.   Exciting
  75.   Off the Record
  76.   The Scandle

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