Great feed of The Kitchen on Hip Hop DX!!!! Much love to Paul Martinez and the whole crew over there!!!
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Hieroglyphics drop their long awaited album, The Kitchen, tomorrow, July 16th, worldwide.
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“I think the whole philosophy of when you're in a kitchen—you're choppin' shit up, you're choppin' vegetables and you're cookin'—that was kind of like what we were doing to it,” said Kwes the Bess. “They gave us the ingredients, and we cooked it.”
The Sleeprockers, a supergroup of DJ's out of Sacramento, spoke with newsreview.com about meeting HIeroglyphics and eventually collaborating on The Kitchen. Believe it or not, the two crews met on Twitter.
"It sounds like a joke, but this hip-hop story begins with Twitter: In the summer of 2011, Tajai—a rapper in Oakland's hip-hop collective Hieroglyphics and CEO of the Hieroglyphics Imperium Recordings music label—tweets that he's looking for a deejay for his next project. A few days later, Christopher Jaime—a.k.a. DJ Nocturnal, part of the five-man Sacramento deejay crew the Sleeprockers—replies."
The article goes on to talk about the process of creating the album -
"While working on the album as a five-man group over the span of a year, the Sleeprockers would drive out to Oakland to visit the Hieroglyphics' place every few months to show off their newly completed work."
"The video for the album's second single, 'It's Partly Me,' is set in 1973-4 in Oakland and West Oakland (retro white block letters distinguish between the years and areas). It showcases members of the collective in full 1970s style, from 'staches and 'fros to round glasses and patterned button-down shirts." - Rolling Stone
While you anxiously wait for fresh beats and healthy rhymes, check out this quick review by Access Hip Hop on the new project.
Album release - "The Kitchen LP is an album that blends the ingredients of archival audio, new music and collaboration between turntabilism, beat chopping and lyricisim together to form an original authentic entree for your ears to devour and digest. For this special project Hiero has enlisted the skills and support of Sacramento based DJ and beat chopping crew The Sleeprockers. They bring the skills of master chefs dealing with quality ingredients to create a concoction of seamless yet eclectic flavors for the rare hip-hop palate in the process. The Kitchen has come to embody a space for experimental collaboration that knows no limits of boundaries while maintaining a sense of respect for the tradition that these recipes come from." - Access Hip-Hop
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Check out this recent article about the Columbus Ohio stop of the Still Infinity tour. The blog also talks a bit about the history of Hiero and hip-hop in the 90's.
“...Souls dropped amidst a brewing coastal feud where people had a huge bias against West Coast artists. Hiero along with Project Blowed, and Pharcyde were the anomaly that disrupted regional stereotypes. But just because they weren’t gangsta rap; Hiero wasn’t not ashamed of being from Cali although they were one of the few groups accepted by their NY underground peers.. Hiero was just doing their own thing. They were normal people at peace with what they were doing.” - 12ozProphet
The Still Infinity Tour continues to rip through the country! Check out all the upcoming tour dates and come on out if we’re cruising through your city!!!