Volume 92, Issue 73

Friday, February 5, 1999


The Concrete Beat

Rock 'n' roll ain't dead, just needs a Big Wreck

Local artists tread methodical path to fame

Week's up, end is near

Jen McLaren joins the Nettwerk

Space shuttle and Nimoy land at IMAX theatre

Pakistani, Korean cultures raise awareness

A symbol of greatness

Underground Sound

Celebrity sightings

A symbol of greatness

3rd Eye Vision
Hieroglyphics Imperium Records

Unlike their other Californian contemporaries, the Hiero crew restrain from rhyming about cars, clothes and unreal conquests.

Although this is Hieroglyphics' first album as an actual group, its constituents are definitely not new to the rap game. Del, Souls of Mischief and Casual all have dropped at least one previous album respectively and constitute most of the lyrical content on the album.

Other Hiero personnel include Jay-Biz, Pep Love and Domino who have all worked on past individual efforts and more or less, thrive as behind the scenes members of the group.

The Hieroglyphics have turned out some below par artistry in the past couple of years, specifically speaking of the Souls of Mischief's sophomore LP – which was extremely disappointing after the hip hop masterpiece 93 'til Infinity – and Extra Prolific's album. Consequently, all the Hieroglyphic personnel were literally kicked off the Jive label, giving them the motivation to start up their own record label, Hiero Imperium records.

3rd Eye Vision is the first full length album to be under this label. Regardless of their recent musical hardships, the Oakland boys are back in full effect and are making music they want to hear.

This album is extremely indicative of their overall characteristic style, with the roving baselines, hard-hitting beats and choruses and of course their prolific rhyming styles which keep listeners nodding from start to finish – a lengthy 22 tracks.

The debut single, "You Never Knew," brings back nostalgic thoughts of 93 'til Infinity and is definitely the dopest track on the LP. Other hot tracks are "Oakland Blackout" and "Dune Methane," which boasts Casual's lyrics.

Hieroglyphics are finally back and are ready to start climbing the underground charts once again.


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