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Hot! Video Hiero Day Recap

Hieroglyphics, the collective that in the early ’90s birthed Del the Funkee Homosapien, Souls of Mischief, and other mainstays of the fiercely independent sound that would come to define Bay Area hip-hop for decades, has always been under-celebrated on a national scale. There are myriad reasons for this: a lack of corporate promotion, the sociopolitical atmosphere in Oakland at the time the Hiero guys were coming up (when police crackdowns on clubs left the East Bay with very few stages for musicians, period) Ã¢Â€Â” but it’s nearly undisputed, to the point that this permanent underdog status is woven into the scene’s mythology. It’s a source of frustration, and it’s a source of very deep pride.

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