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