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Also known as Hieroglyphics Crew, Hiero
Origin Oakland, California, USA
Genres Alternative hip hop, West coast hip hop
Years active 1991 - present
Labels Hieroglyphics Imperium
Associated acts A Band Called Pain, Bukue One, Dan the Automator, Beeda Weeda, Encore, Goapele, Handsome Boy Modeling School, Knobody, Musab, O.C., Prince Ali, SupremeEx, Urban Umpires
Del tha Funkee Homosapien
Pep Love
DJ Touré
Former members
Snupe the Extra Prolific
Mike G

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 Hieroglyphics combine fundamentally sound deliveries and lyrical content with original and sometimes jazzy or funky beats and samples.[1] Since their inception, Hieroglyphics have found a following largely through their live concerts, podcasts ("Hierocasts"), and promotion through their website.[2]

The collective uses a three-eyed, straight-lipped face logo that figures prominently on their albums, website, stickers, and clothing.[3]



As a collective, the Hieroglyphics have released two studio albums: 3rd Eye Vision in 1998, and Full Circle in 2003.

In 2005, the collective released a live DVD and accompanying CD of the Hiero's 2003 Full Circle Tour.

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 fago members have released several albums of their own, either through solo projects or outside group projects, all released on the collective's own label, and available for purchase through the collective's website.

Hieroglyphics' Logo

The collective's ubiquitous, third eye logo was 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.[3]

In a 2000 interview with the SF Weekly, Del commented:

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.[3]

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 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.[4]



Studio albums

Album information
3rd Eye Vision
  • Released: May 24, 1998
  • Chart positions: #26 Heatseekers, #88 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
  • RIAA certification:
  • Singles: "You Never Knew", "The Who", "Oakland Blackouts", "After Dark", "Last One","At the Helm"
Full Circle
  • Released: October 7, 2003
  • Chart positions: #7 Heatseekers, #10 Top Independent Albums, #53 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums,
    #155 The Billboard 200
  • RIAA certification: 65,472 copies sold
  • Singles: "Make Your Move", "Powers That Be", "Love Flowin'", "Let It Roll"

Live albums

Album information
Full Circle Tour

Compilation albums

Album information
Hieroglyphics B-Sides
Hieroglyphics Oldies, Vol. I
Hieroglyphics Oldies, Vol. II
  • Released: 1998
  • Chart positions:
  • RIAA certification:
  • Singles: "Break A Leg", "Pistol Whippers", "Cab Fare", "Fear No Evil", "Everyday Of The Week"
The Corner
Over Time


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