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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.   Oakland Blackouts
  9.   Fantasy Island
  10.   After Dark
  11.   Del
  12.   Heat
  13.   Passing Fads
  14.   Leroy
  15.   Greed by A+
  16.   Shores Galore
  17.   Golden
  18.   Unseen Hand by Souls of Mischief
  19.   If You Must featuring Del the Funky Homosapien
  20.   Cyberpunks featuring Del the Funky Homosapien
  21.   Intro
  22.   Heebie Jeebies
  23.   It's Partly Me
  24.   Exciting
  25.   Immortals
  26.   Highway Five
  27.   Nutrition
  28.   That Merch
  29.   Indonesia
  30.   The Mayor
  31.   Livin' It Up
  32.   The Scandle
  33.   Battle of the Shadow featuring Del the Funky Homosapien
  34.   Fight Club
  35.   Phoney Phranchise by Del the Funky Homosapien
  36.   Think Again
  37.   No Nuts
  38.   Off the Record
  39.   The Last One
  40.   Phesto D
  41.   All Things
  42.   Dune Methane
  43.   Nano Salt
  44.   Don't Hate the Player
  45.   Throw It in Ya Grill
  46.   Hydra
  47.   Mics of the Roundtable
  48.   Tajai
  49.   Casual
  50.   Indonesia Interlude
  51.   The Kitchen Intro
  52.   Soundscience by Souls of Mischief
  53.   Miles to the Sun
  54.   One Life One Love
  55.   See Delight
  56.   Pep Love
  57.   A-Plus
  58.   Respect Deez
  59.   Masterminds featuring Del the Funky Homosapien
  60.   Opio
  61.   Prose Officially featuring Jay Biz
  62.   It's About Time by Del the Funky Homosapien
  63.   Prelude
  64.   Powers That Be
  65.   Make Your Move by Goapele
  66.   Shift Shape
  67.   Classic
  68.   Chicago
  69.   Heatish
  70.   Halo
  71.   Love Flowin'
  72.   100,000 Indi by Abstract Rude
  73.   Let It Roll
  74.   Maggie May (R.I.P. Faith)
  75.   Jingle Jangle
  76.   Full Circle by Goapele
  77.   7 Sixes
  78.   Full Circle Tour
  79.   Catch a Bad One
  80.   If You Must
  81.   Dum Dum
  82.   Gotta Get Down
  83.   93 Til Infinty
  84.   What the Funk
  85.   Shout It Out
  86.   [Untitled Track]
  87.   Thats When Ya Lost
  88.   Go the Length
  89.   Full Circle Tour
  90.   What the Funk Remix
  91.   Soweto
  92.   One Hundred Thousand Indi
  93.   Masterminds featuring Del the Funky Homosapien
  94.   Prose Officially featuring Jay-Biz
  95.   Battle of the Shadow featuring A+ Plus
  96.   Wshores Galore