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Birth nameDamani Thompson
Also known asPhesto
Phesto Dee
Born (1974-04-29) April 29, 1974 (age 45)
OriginOakland, California, U.S.
GenresHip hop
Years active1991– present
LabelsHieroglyphics Imperium Recordings
Jive Records
Associated actsSouls of Mischief

Damani Thompson, known by the stage names, Phesto and Phesto Dee (born April 29, 1974), is an American rapper and producer. He is one of the founding four members of the Oakland, California-based underground hip hop group Souls of Mischief, and, with the Souls of Mischief, a part of the eight-person, alternative hip hop collective, the Hieroglyphics.


Born and raised in Oakland, California, Phesto met fellow Souls of Mischief member Tajai, as well as Hieroglyphics' founder, Del tha Funkee Homosapien, in junior high school.[1] Tajai introduced Phesto to members A-Plus and Opio, and the group formed in high school before releasing their debut album, 93 'til Infinity on Jive Records in 1993.[1]

As a rapper, Phesto is "renown[ed] for his crazy, and up-tempo flows. Rhyming about anything from 'quantum cryptography' to secret Jedi mind tricks, Phesto's skills are undoubtedly a vital piece of the Hieroglyphics foundation.".[1]

Phesto has contributed to all four Souls of Mischief albums, as well as the two Hieroglyphic studio albums. He has also produced or performed on solo projects of various Hieroglyphics' members.



  • Granite Pedigree - EP (2011)
  • Background Check (2012)
  • Infrared Rum (2014)

With Souls of Mischief[edit]

With Hieroglyphics[edit]


  1. ^ a b c StinkE (1996-07-18). "Phesto Interview". StinkE Productions. Archived from the original on 2006-07-19. Retrieved 2007-02-03.

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