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

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