Hieroglyphics ~ Hiero Oldies Vol. 2 (1998)

The kid skating is doing some sick slappy curb stuff, but the music… It sounds like 90’s era West Coast hip-hop, but the structure is East Coast(ish) as well some elements such as horns, piano and the collective/collaboration format. It is surprising that I had not heard of Hieroglyphics, collective out of Oakland, California. The best comparison would probably be Camp Lo (I will post about them later, but another underground favorite.)

Growing up in Florida in the 90’s the knowledge base for “scene” music was very regional. We all knew the East and West coast hardcore, punk, emo and ska bands as well as possessing an encyclopedic knowledge of traditional ska. Underground Hip-Hop, Rap, Bounce, or whatever you want to call it, was incredibly hard to find in the 90’s. Obviously, since I am just now hearing about Hieroglyphics. This is an excellent album, 95%.