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Apr
14

Casual kicks of the 20 year celebration of "Fear Itself" announcing a commemorative tour performing the original album in its entirety. Kicking off in San Francisco on April 19th Casual zig zags across the country.

The Fear Itself 20 Year Anniversary Tour

April 19th – San Francisco, CA
April 20th – Willits, CA
April 26th – Fairfax, CA
May 2nd – Santa Rosa, CA
May 3rd – San Jose, CA
May 4th – Santa Cruz, CA
May 11th – Seattle, WA
May 15th – Missoula, MT
May 17th – Denver, CO
May 21st – Scottsdale, AZ
May 22nd – Flagstaff, AZ
May 23rd – Tucson, AZ
June 13th – Nevada City, CA
August 9th – Salmo, Canada

Tickets: www.hieroglyphics.com/events 
 

 





To set things off, Casual rereleases the digitally remastered version of the original "Fear Itself" instrumentals. Enjoy, download, and purchase them here: http://casual1.bandcamp.com/album/fear-itself-instrumentals




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Mar
28



The School System's first single from the debut album "Mystery School". Single available now at https://casual1.bandcamp.com/album/my...

Album release April 22nd on iTunes. Pre-order now https://casual1.bandcamp.com/album/my... 

The School System is a conglomerate of highly specialized emcees who hold the torch to carry on the original canons of Hip Hop. The "Mystery School" album showcase the emcees who contributed to the School System's debut release, L.B. Select, #Rapgod, Izrell & Shark Sinatra.

L.B. Select has been rhyming on the bay area underground scene for some time now. He is one of Oakland’s best kept secret. His unique rhyme style and slick delivery places L.B. in a league of his own.

Straight from Oakland California #Rapgod has been the representative of elite lyricism for over a decade. Representing Hieroglyphics Crew #Rapgod plays the anchor for the Mystery School album.

Izrell’s obscure rap style; one which is vocalized by a distinct vocal tone that is audibly conspicuous, is the most unique of the bunch. His voice is one to remember and his style is second to none.

Shark Sinatra bats clean up on this School System debut album adding the west coast street angle with a bizarro cameo appearance. This is hip hop at it's finest. The School System's debut release, "Mystery School" will be considered a classic. "

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Mar
10

On May 6th, GZA will be perfroming at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, CA with special guest Casual of The Hieroglyphics Crew!

» Get Tickets: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/504237

When it comes to thought provoking, street-bred raw lyricism, The Wu-Tang Clan's fountain of wisdom, GZA takes his job very seriously. The way he crafts his double-edged rhyme flow mirrors the skill and precise technique of one who works with fine ceramics. GZA's metaphoric and multi-layered lyrics are often touted by critics as his rap name implies; genius.

Born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in every borough of New York City, The GZA's workmanship can be found three albums deep with classics dating back to 1991 including the albums Words From The Genius, the gold-selling Liquid Swords and Beneath The Surface. Before his days of microphone notoriety, GZA found himself, during the early ages of rap music, traveling throughout New York City sharpening his rap skills in scattered rhyme battles. "I've studied rap in every borough," the GZA says proudly. "I've been rhyming before a lot of these cats out here were born. We've [Wu Tang Clan] always drank, ate and slept hip-hop. I love it."

On his latest blockbuster album Legend Of The Liquid Sword, The GZA makes reference to his hip- hop foundation on the reflective "What We Die For." "I grew up around B-Boys, DJs, MCs, through rap, never thinking in ways of TV," the Genius raps. "It was strictly all about magnificent rhyme clout."

You might know Jonathan Owens aka Casual as the co-founder of the Oakland based supergroup Hieroglyphics. However, If you look deeper, you learn that he is a self taught historian, linguistics expert, and highly heralded as “your favorite rappers favorite rapper”. Casual leaves listeners inspired to define their musical experience referencing current events, ancient Egypt and just about everything in between. Known for his fierce battle tactics and unique wordplay he established a reputation for dissecting even the hardest MCs. Chris Witt of Allmusic explains “ Casual produces an unending and seemingly unstoppable flow of boasts and taunts, the simplicity of his message belies the complexity of his vicious wordplay.” From his critically acclaimed major label debut “Fear Itself”, classic crew albums “Full Circle” and “Third Eye Vision” to indie direct to fan projects like “Rapgod” and “Hierophant” Casual has continued to push the envelope building a legendary catalog and cult following.

In addition to touring globally Casual has been just as active on the business side starting a production company “Wetworks Films”, launching the “Hiero Day Festival” and most recently pioneering “Hiero Coin” a new digital currency.

2014 is shaping up to be the biggest year to date for Casual as he prepares for the 20 year anniversary of what might be his most popular album “Fear Itself”. The celebration will kick off with a world tour where he will be performing the original album in its entirety and continue throughout the year with a unique look back at the project and its impact. - See more at: http://hieroglyphics.com/artists/casual#sthash.nlsssRoq.dpuf


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Dec
18

HiphopDX caught up with Casual about the controversial track "Rap God", released by Eminem. Casual, having already released a project 'He Think He Rap God' in 2011, rapped over Eminem's beat to reclaim his title. 

» Read the full interview on HiphopDX!


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Aug
29

Hieroglyphics Imperium are teaming up with Oakland-based Linden Street Brewery to present the Second Annual Hiero Day block party on Monday, September 2, 2013 (Labor Day) from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Linden Street Brewery, located at the Port of Oakland.'

'Hiero Day is a free all day music festival that features live performances by the legendary Hieroglyphics and other special guests, local merchandise vendors, food trucks, and interactive activities for all ages. Hiero Day celebrates and showcases the Bay Area’s diverse, innovative, multicultural, and multigenerational music movement in the heart of Oakland.' - Audible Treats (Read)

WWW.HIERODAY.COM

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Aug
07

While many can associate The Alkaholiks, CaliAgents, and Casual to what many have called the 2nd Golden Era of Hip Hop (1993-2000), Real Hip Hop Heads know that all artists mentioned have dropped stunning new material, videos and collaborations in 2013.

The "Liks" are poised to tour the United States this August/September with fellow contemporaries Cali Agents and Casual of Hieroglyphics under the name The Clash Of The Titans. By continuing to keep their ear to the street, The Clash Of The Titans have recruited newcomers Cisum Tomorrow ft. Wes Nyle and S.B. Baby Cougnut & DJ Twelvz to bridge the gap between what was established and what is next to come in the ever changing climate of Hip Hop.

» View upcoming tour dates here!




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Casual BIOGRAPHY
You might know Jonathan Owens aka Casual as the co-founder of the Oakland based supergroup Hieroglyphics. However, If you look deeper, you learn that he is a self taught historian, linguistics expert, and highly heralded as “your favorite rappers favorite rapper”. Casual leaves listeners inspired to define their musical experience referencing current events, ancient Egypt and just about everything in between. Known for his fierce battle tactics and unique wordplay he established a reputation for dissecting even the hardest MCs. Chris Witt of Allmusic explains “ Casual produces an unending and seemingly unstoppable flow of boasts and taunts, the simplicity of his message belies the complexity of his vicious wordplay.” From his critically acclaimed major label debut “Fear Itself”, classic crew albums “Full Circle” and “Third Eye Vision” to indie direct to fan projects like “Rapgod” and “Hierophant” Casual has continued to push the envelope building a legendary catalog and cult following.

In addition to touring globally Casual has been just as active on the business side starting a production company “Wetworks Films”, launching the “Hiero Day Festival” and most recently pioneering “Hiero Coin” a new digital currency.

2014 is shaping up to be the biggest year to date for Casual as he prepares for the 20 year anniversary of what might be his most popular album “Fear Itself”. The celebration will kick off with a world tour where he will be performing the original album in its entirety and continue throughout the year with a unique look back at the project and its impact.
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