Since 1997, Hieroglyphics has established themselves as a driving force in modern day hip-hop. The Hieroglyphics collective is made up of Del The Funky Homosapien, Casual, Pep Love, Domino, and the Souls of Mischief (A-Plus, Opio, Phesto and Tajai). The Hieroglyphics sound is primarily lyric-driven with jazzy or funky beats and samples and a rap-battle-like set up of songs.
Early success from releases like Souls of Mischief’s ’93 Til Infinity paved a path to fandom in the Bay Area for the Oakland-based hip-hop collective, whose simple logo (the Mayan symbol for the number eight) graces t-shirts of fans around the world. The collective formed their own label, Hieroglyphics Imperium, providing a platform for their future works.
Most of the members had been friends since high school or earlier, and have since found success both within the collective and as individual artists. The release of their first collective project Third Eye Vision (1998) thrust the group into stardom across the U.S. hip-hop scene and landed them collaborations with the likes of Jurassic 5, George Clinton, Q-Tip, and more. Next came Full Circle (2003) and the most recent The Kitchen (2013). Members of the collective have released other albums throughout their careers, either in solo projects or as collaborations outside the group.
Hieroglpyhics will perform a brand new piece as part of the Local Artist Commission Series, titled "Interplay: In Concert with Nature". They are one of 10 local artists creating new works for Stern Grove Festival's 79th season.