Sights and sounds from 2013.
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Sights and sounds from 2013.
Video: First Light (Pep Love & Opio) | “Los Lobos”
First Light is releasing their debut album, Fallacy Fantasy. The duo, made up of Hieroglyphics members Pep Love and Opio, has released a new video for the single “Los Lobos" to coincide with the albums release. Both the duo and the album were born out of Hiero’s "celebration of spontaneous musical collaboration,” and as anticipation for the album’s release has continued to grow through the previous release of videos for singles “Hold On” and “Lighters,” First Light is now excited to deliver the full album to fans via their label Hiero Imperium.
"Los Lobos," directed by Unjust, who also produced the track, and edited by Spencer Groshong for Ineffable Music, rightly places all of the focus on Pep Love and Opio., with the two rappers’ energetic performance shots contrasting against the blank, sandy terrain. The use of minor video effects (mirroring, blending shots, motion blur) does the track justice, fitting in with the beats’ dreamy vibe, and the contrast of Opio’s laid-back verse and Pep’s more aggressive take offer a balancing dynamic that helps bring the track together.
Hieroglyphics members Pep Love and Opio are announcing the formation of a new duo, First Light. As First Light, Pep and Opio will release a new album, Fallacy Fantasy, on March 12th, and to coincide with the album release, will also embark on a month-long tour this spring. First Light has released the album’s first single, “Lighters,” which features the duo’s Hieroglyphics crew, with guest appearances from Casual, Del the Funky Homosapien, and A-Plus.
The formation of First Light is rooted in Hiero’s celebration of spontaneous musical collaboration. With First Light, Opio, who also is a member of Souls Of Mischief, and Pep Love take their cue from the finest characteristics of “Golden Era” hip-hop, while, at the same time, battling the paradox of their attraction to and antagonism against the pervasiveness of the apathy and debauchery in today’s pop culture. Hence, the title of their debut album Fallacy Fantasy.
This spring, the duo will be taking their new music on the road, with the Stress Free Tour. Kicking off on March 20th in Fairfax, California, with stops along the way in cities like San Francisco and Fresno, before heading to Utah, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, and New Mexico, the tour will make 25 stops before ending on April 19th in Salem, Oregon. Throughout the tour, First Light will be giving fans samples of their most recent work in conjunction with a campaign of behind-the-scenes footage and music videos.
To celebrate the announcement, First Light has released the album’s first single, “Lighters.” Featuring production by Unjust of The Chosen Few, “Lighters” is a track held together by solid groove and a drone of distant 8bit sounds. The video, edited by Unjust and directed by Casual, takes us from a dark forest where Casual tells us we are “witnessing hip-hop’s beautification" to Pep Love’s yellow-lit basement, where he flashes into a shrouded and crystalline red-eyed creature. Esoteric themes and extraterrestrial references abound as Opio lets us know, "I see the future like George Orwellian theory.” In contrast to the uncanny verses, the chorus is a sing-along anthem, complete with lines like, “Put your lighters in the air till it burns your thumb.”
Video: DJ Toure’ | “Streets Love" ft Casual
DJ Touré, the venerated DJ/producer for the Hieroglyphics crew, has had a very busy 2012; between running his Bay Area-based production company, 101% Music and producing songs for the likes of E-40, Dolla Will, and Erk Tha Jerk, it’s amazing that he had time to perfect his long-awaited new album, Touré’s Theory: Session One. Nevertheless, that’s exactly what he did, and is now announcing that Session One be released on February 19th via Hiero Imperium.
Touré’s project features a plethora of both Bay Area newcomers and rap veterans like Too $hort, Mistah FAB, and The Jacka. Also appearing on Session One is a number of his Hiero brethren, including long-time friend and collaborator Casual. The two recently teamed up for Touré’s latest video, a hazy, nebulous visual for the song “Streets Love It.” Directed by Dylan Freitas-D’Louhy, the video looks like something ripped off a broken VHS tape with revolving frames and grainy footage, and shows both Touré and Casual rhyming in front of glow-in-the-dark hieroglyphic paintings and fine females.
HIERO DAY | Combining an outdoor concert, street-food festival, and a block party to create a celebration of all that is good about Oakland.
Hieroglyphics | Blackalicious | Planet Asia | Equipto | Z Man | Moe Green | The Kev Choice Ensemble | The Honor Roll Crew | DJ D-Sharp + Youth Performances & Street Art
September 3, 2012 | San Pablo Ave. (Between 17 & 18th) | 11:00am-6:00pm
Details: http://www.hieroday.com/ | FB: http://www.facebook.com/HieroDay
Mixtape: Hieroglyphics - Summer Tour Mixtape (Mixed by DJ Icewater)
Pick your price
Free - Appreciate your support.
$5 - Sticker pack (shipped to you)
$10 - Hiero keychain, & sticker pack (shipped to you)
$20 - Summer 2012 tour t-shirt, Hiero keychain, & sticker pack (shipped to you)
This Thursday, July 19th, the legendary Hieroglyphics Imperium will embark on their Hiero Imperium Summer Tour 2012. The 16-city tour kicks off in San Diego, CA, and makes stops in Sacramento, CA, Oakland, CA, Denver, CO, and Las Vegas, NV, along the way. The tour will feature performances by Souls Of Mischief, Pep Love, and Casual, plus some very special guests.
Today, Hiero Imperium is excited to release the new Summer Tour Mixtape. The project, mixed by DJ Icewater, offers a mix of new and classic Hiero material, and serves as a special release to get fans pumped for the upcoming show dates. And just as Hiero is offering special VIP ticket bundles for the tour, the mixtape is also being offered to fans in four exciting bundles: Fans that only want the music can download the project for free from Hiero’s Bandcamp page; for $5, fans will receive the music plus a Hiero sticker pack; for $10, fans will receive the music and sticker pack, plus a Hiero keychain; and for $20, fans will receive the music, sticker pack, keychain, and an official Hiero Imperium Summer Tour 2012 tour t-shirt.
Download or purchase the mixtape here: http://hieroglyphicsimperium.bandcamp.com/album/hieroglyphics-imperium-summer-2012-tour-mixtape.
For few select dates on the Hiero Imperium Summer Tour, a special VIP ticket option is available which will include a VIP Meet and Greet, a tour T-Shirt, CD and Poster, and a Sticker Pack. Check back later for those specific dates to be revealed
Video: Phesto Dee - "ChampSwagger" (Official Video). Phesto Releases Latest Visual From Long-Awaited Debut Album Background Check
Phesto Dee-"Background Check" - iTunes
Last week, Phesto Dee, along with fellow Hiero Imperium artists Souls Of Mischief, Casual, and Pep Love, announced their Hiero Imperium Summer Tour 2012. On the tour, which kicks off later this summer, the Hiero crew will perform a mix of classics and new material, of which there is plenty of both, with new albums in 2012 from Tajai, Opio, Pep Love, and Casual, in addition to Phesto Dee, who released his long-awaited debut album, Background Check, earlier this year. One of the new cuts from Phesto that fans can surely look forward to catching live is "ChampSwagger," and now, Phesto is excited to release a new visual for the single.
"ChampSwagger," produced by Kev Choice, is one of the standout tracks from Background Check, and fits in well with the grain of the overall album. "When people listen to my album," Phesto has remarked, "I don’t think they’ll hear any esoteric musicality; I just think it’s hip-hop to the core." The video for “ChampSwagger,” directed by Casual for his burgeoning video production company Wetfoot Filmworks, conveys just that vibe, a largely solo clip, save the cameos from his Hiero crew, that puts the emphasis on Phesto’s fast-flowing lyrics.
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For more info go to: hieroglyphics.com