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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.   Oakland Blackouts
  9.   Fantasy Island
  10.   It's Partly Me
  11.   After Dark
  12.   All Things
  13.   Heebie Jeebies
  14.   Exciting
  15.   The Mayor
  16.   Respect Deez
  17.   Opio
  18.   Tajai
  19.   Intro
  20.   Shores Galore
  21.   Indonesia Interlude
  22.   Golden
  23.   Unseen Hand by Souls of Mischief
  24.   If You Must featuring Del the Funky Homosapien
  25.   Mics of the Roundtable
  26.   Immortals
  27.   Nano Salt
  28.   Highway Five
  29.   Nutrition
  30.   That Merch
  31.   Livin' It Up
  32.   The Kitchen Intro
  33.   Don't Hate the Player
  34.   It's About Time by Del the Funky Homosapien
  35.   The Scandle
  36.   Fight Club
  37.   Cyberpunks featuring Del the Funky Homosapien
  38.   Masterminds featuring Del the Funky Homosapien
  39.   Greed by A+
  40.   Think Again
  41.   Hydra
  42.   No Nuts
  43.   Heat
  44.   Indonesia
  45.   Phoney Phranchise by Del the Funky Homosapien
  46.   Del
  47.   A-Plus
  48.   Off the Record
  49.   Phesto D
  50.   Casual
  51.   Passing Fads
  52.   Battle of the Shadow featuring Del the Funky Homosapien
  53.   Soundscience by Souls of Mischief
  54.   Leroy
  55.   One Life One Love
  56.   See Delight
  57.   The Last One
  58.   Throw It in Ya Grill
  59.   Prose Officially featuring Jay Biz
  60.   Pep Love
  61.   Miles to the Sun
  62.   Dune Methane
  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