|Also known as||Hieroglyphics Crew, Hiero|
|Origin||Oakland, California, USA|
|Years active||1991 - present|
|Associated acts||Extra Prolific, Souls of Mischief|
Del tha Funkee Homosapien
Hieroglyphics, also known as the Hieroglyphics Crew and Hiero, are an American underground hip hop collective based in Oakland, California. The collective was founded in the early-1990s by rapper Del tha Funkee Homosapien. The collective is currently composed of rappers Del the Funky Homosapien, Casual, Pep Love, producer/manager Domino, DJ Toure, and the four individual members of the rap group Souls of Mischief: Phesto, A-Plus, Opio, and Tajai.
The Hieroglyphics combine fundamentally sound deliveries and lyrical content with original and sometimes jazzy or funky beats and samples. Since their inception, Hieroglyphics have found a following largely through their live concerts, podcasts ("Hierocasts"), and promotion through their website.
The collective has also released five compilation albums: Hieroglyphics B-Sides and Hieroglyphics Oldies, Vol. I in 1997, Hieroglyphics Oldies, Vol. II in 1998, The Building in 2004, The Corner in 2005, and most recently, Over Time, in March, 2007.
Individual members of the collective have also released albums of their own, either through solo projects or outside group projects.
In August 2013, Hieroglyphics' album Full Circle was included in UrbanSouth's elite list of underground hip hop albums.
The collective's ubiquitous, third eye logo is the Mayan numerical for 8, also used as a symbol for infinite. Created by Del tha Funkee Homosapien, the son of an abstract artist and has been used to promote the collective through reproduction on the Hieroglyphic's album covers, website, promotional materials, stickers, and clothing.
|“||When I invented that symbol, I never thought it would get this big. I've seen about 20 people with that tattoo. I saw a comic book -- like Clerks or something -- and one of the fools in there had a Hiero shirt on. I saw a Redman and Method Man video, and there's somebody in the crowd with a Hiero shirt on. I think slowly but surely people are starting to pay attention to us.||”|
The Clerks comic in question was drawn by underground comic artist Jim Mahfood who has worked various rap and hip hop items into his work over his career and has had his live art shows compared to hip hop musicians. In an interview with halftimeonline.net in 2004, Mahfood mentioned Del and the Hieroglyphics by name:
|“||Working in comics, especially the way I do, is totally comparable to an underground emcee or rap crew because you can actually make a living off of it without selling out or compromising your vision. Some of my heroes are Del The Funkee Homosapien from the Hieroglyphics crew, Jurassic 5, or my homeboy Z-Trip are all people who have developed a following for doing something really specific.||”|
It was also in Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead in Issue #5. One of the characters, Glenn, wore a shirt with the logo on it when the survivors were having target practice. Glenn also wears the shirt in the first episode of the Walking Dead video game series.
|Year||Album||Peak chart positions|
|U.S.||U.S. R&B||U.S. Heat|
|1998||3rd Eye Vision
|2005||Full Circle Tour
|1997||Hieroglyphics Oldies, Vol. I
|1998||Hieroglyphics Oldies, Vol. II
|1999||"You Never Knew"||3rd Eye Vision|
|2002||"Hydra, G.U.O.M.D, Think Again"||One Big Trip|
|2003||"Make Your Move" (featuring Goapele)||Full Circle|
|2013||"Gun Fever"||The Kitchen|
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- Halftimeonline.net (2004-01-15). "Hip Hop and Comics Vol.2: Jim Mahfood (Grrl Scouts)". HalftimeOnline.net. Retrieved 2007-08-28.