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Black Thought, Talib Kweli, Mannie Fresh & More To Perform At 7th Annual Hiero Day

The 7th annual Hiero Day Music Festival & Block Party is taking place Labor Day, September 3. The event performers have officially been unveiled. Oakland, California's legendary Hieroglyphics crew will be performing at their festival, and joining them will be Black Thought, Talib Kweli, Freddie Gibbs, Mannie Fresh, Elzhi, Georgia... Read more

Before Mahershala Ali Had Gold Statues He Had Golden Bars (Audio)

Last night (February 26), Mahershala Ali made history as the first Muslim actor to win an Academy Award to win an Oscar. He took home the gold as Best Supporting Actor for his work as Juan in Moonlight, but longtime fans know that his success did not happen overnight. He... Read more

Casual Is Tired Of Facing Lesser MCs, So He Battles Himself (Audio)

Casual stays busy. The Oakland, California veteran MC and co-founder of the Hieroglyphics crew recently released a project with Detroit, Michigan's Phat Kat as Ron Jon Bovi (Neaux Mursi). In late '16, he's back on his solo tear. Attacking Capone-N-Noreaga's famed 1997 "T.O.N.Y. (Top Of New York)" instrumental, "GodKilla" is... Read more

Casual & Saafir Go From Legendary Battle Opponents To Key Collaborators (Audio Premiere)

Almost 22 years ago, Casual and Saafir went off the rails (and reels) in a 1994 Wake Up Show (Sway & King Tech) syndicated radio battle. At the time, Casual had just released his Jive Records debut, Fear Itself, which featured "the Saucee Nomad" on one particular track. Saafir, who had... Read more

Casual & Phat Kat Ride Through A Tunnel That Leads Straight To Pure Grimy Hip-Hop (Video)

Casual and Phat Kat have formed a new group called Ron Jon Bovi. The pair are gearing up to release an album titled Neaux Mursi, a homonym double entre from the French "Non Merci," or "no thank you," and No Mercy. That wordplay, alone gives an indication of how lyrically... Read more

Planet Asia’s Durag Dynasty & Casual Link Over Raphael Saadiq Co-Production (Audio)

Beyond 2013's 360 Waves, Planet Asia's Durag Dynasty lives on. The Fresno, California based group (featuring P.A., Tri-State, and Killer Ben) moves forward with a not-so friendly game of baseball. With rugged, sharp bars in their mission statement, Durag welcomes Hieroglyphics vet Casual to the cypher for "Baseball." The song... Read more

Domino Breaks Down Where He Gets His Sounds & His Father’s Punk Roots In Crate Diggers (Video)

Hieroglyphics fans are up on Domino. Not to be confused with the Los Angeles rapper of the same name, San Francisco's Dom produced early joints for Del Tha Funkee Homosapien (when it was still spelled as such), as well as Souls Of Mischief and Casual. Dom, who has been a... Read more

Casual & J Rawls – Hier-O-Dot ft Souls of Mischief and MHz

Here's another Hieroglyphics reunion. This time Casual teams up with Souls of Mischief. Check out Hier-O-Dot. Related: Casual & J Rawls - Respect Game Or Expect Flames ft Del the Funky Homosapien (Video)... Read more

Casual – Respect Game Or Expect Flames ft Del the Funky Homosapien (Video)

Hieroglyphics in the building! Here's a new video from Casual featuring Del The Funky Homosapien. Check out Respect Game Or Expect Flames. Related: Del The Funky Homosapien & Parallel Thought - Bring It (Audio)... Read more

J Rawls and Casual (of Hieroglyphics) made an incredible video and an even better song.

J Rawls blesses us with a laid back, jazzy track and Casual spits some monster lyrics.  Check out the video for Find A New. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXRdUY5lY4o&feature=player_embedded Neither of these cats ever had mainstream success, but they both have made great contributions to hip-hop. Here's a jazzy cut from another MC whose... Read more