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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.

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VIDEO: First Light (Pep Love + Opio) | “Lighters" ft Hieroglyphics

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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.”

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Video: Mr. Brady x Tajai - "That Soul" Ft Just BreaLatest Visual From Machine Language Shows Off Tajai As A Man, Father, And MCVideo sourceyoutube.com/clearlabelrecordsIt’s been nearly three months since the release of Machine Language, the latest solo effort from Tajai, one-fourth of the Souls Of Mischief and torch bearer of the Hieroglyphics crew. On that album, Tajai teamed up with fellow west coast native and producer, Mr. Brady for the track "That Soul," and now the pair have come together to shoot a video for the song "That Soul,” which also shows up on Brady’s own album, "Labor Of Love", begins with an innocent, alluring piano sample as we enter the bedroom of Tajai. “That Soul” Director, Smash Rockwell (aka Casual of Hieroglyphics) of Wetfoot Filmworks, brings viewers an introspective glimpse at one of hip-hop’s most respected vets cradling his infant daughter and looking after his chicken coop in the visual. “Since the song was self-exploratory,” explains Tajai, “I wanted the video clip to be as ‘real’ as possible, basically showing the ‘real me’ get-down as a father, homesteader and of course, MC.”twitter.com/TajaiMasseyfacebook.com/TajaiHieroglyphicsiTunesMachine Language by Tajai x Sleeprockersclearlabelmedia.com
Video: Mr. Brady x Tajai - "That Soul" Ft Just Brea
Latest Visual From Machine Language Shows Off Tajai As A Man, Father, And MC

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It’s been nearly three months since the release of Machine Language, the latest solo effort from Tajai, one-fourth of the Souls Of Mischief and torch bearer of the Hieroglyphics crew. On that album, Tajai teamed up with fellow west coast native and producer, Mr. Brady for the track "That Soul," and now the pair have come together to shoot a video for the song "That Soul,” which also shows up on Brady’s own album, "Labor Of Love", begins with an innocent, alluring piano sample as we enter the bedroom of Tajai.

“That Soul” Director, Smash Rockwell (aka Casual of Hieroglyphics) of Wetfoot Filmworks, brings viewers an introspective glimpse at one of hip-hop’s most respected vets cradling his infant daughter and looking after his chicken coop in the visual. “Since the song was self-exploratory,” explains Tajai, “I wanted the video clip to be as ‘real’ as possible, basically showing the ‘real me’ get-down as a father, homesteader and of course, MC.”

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