From Oakland To NYC, Hieroglyphics Perform At Tramps & Fat Beats In ’98 (Video)

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From Kanye West to Common, DJ Eclipse unfolds yet another video from his archives featuring a video filled with freestyles from Oakland Hip-Hop collective Hieroglyphics.

In this flashback to 1998, Hiero performs the Souls of Mischief cut, “Rock It Like That,” at Tramps in New York City before the video splices off to Fat Beats as Del, Casual, Tajai, Pep Love, and Opio display their skills spitting off the top with DJ Max Glazer on the ones and twos.

DJ Eclipse also gave his personal thoughts on the group itself, noting their technologically advanced business savvy and expertise freestyling on the mic.

“These guys properly utilized their popularity from being on major labels and put it to good use when it was time to establish their own label, Hiero Imperium. They were one of the first groups to build a following online when many other acts didn’t even own a computer. But not only did they have a good sense of business, they had a good sense of rhyming. Still do. Freestyling wasn’t created by them, but they were one of the earliest groups I can remember where everyone in the crew was nice off the top of the head. And everywhere they would go from B.E.T. to Stretch & Bobbito they would display those skills.”

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