Third Eye Vision Anniversary Tour
Stoney Hawk, Rap Noir, T-K.A.S.H feat. DJ True Justice & K.E.V., S.A.V.E.1, Mike Wird
2036 University Avenue
near Downtown Berkeley BART
Berkeley, CA, 94704
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
ALL HIERO MEMBERS PERFORMING ON 5/22 AT THE UC THEATRE! Founded in Oakland, California in 1997, Hieroglyphics Imperium set the standard for underground hip hop coming out of the west coast. Based on previous fame from early Jive Records and Elektra releases Hieroglyphics Imperium capitalized on major label promotion for their independent artist. Still around with new releases in 2016 Hieroglyphics has become a staple in Hip Hop.
A-Plus of Hieroglyphics and Sunspot Jonz of Living Legends are excited to announce the release of STONEY HAWK (part 1), the introductory album of a two part collaboration between these Oakland-grown underground Hip Hop architects. This first ever complete album project between any members of these two legendary bands is a long-anticipated artistic union that is guaranteed to remind you of the golden era of hip hop beats that inspired cypher circles and freestyle rhymes. With these two artists, raw and real is a given, as well as levity and laughs! Do not sleep...download and grab it on ITunes, Amazon, or Spotify. Check out the videos “Just like that” and “Stay Hungry” on YouTube. Follow artists @sunpotjonz & @hieroaplus for updates. “Stoney Hawk” is used by another artist, so be sure to look out for our names and our logo for the correct one.
In the film noir tradition of Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles and Otto Preminger, TAJAI from Hieroglyphics (and Souls of Mischief) and super producer UNJUST (Ron Jon Bovi, First Light, Chosen Few) have come together to craft RAP NOIR, a collection of stories from the darker side of things. On this album Tajai plays narrator of tales of crime, vice and passion all over cinematic soundscapes provided by Unjust.
"As an Edgar Allan Poe and Charles Bukowski fan, I wanted to delve into speaking on the seedier things I have encountered in my life as an Oakland resident and world traveler. Also, as a fan of greats like Slick Rick, Kool G Rap, Ice Cube, Scarface and Nas, I wanted to use my skill at storytelling to add on to rap's tradition of cinematic wordplay that takes the listener directly into the action, often while including lessons and useful life observations,” states Tajai on the project. “Unjust has the cinematic beats, with the bugged samples. He brought out a lot of these stories on the record. Wit this album I really want to big up storytelling and its importance in hip hop, in literature, and in general. This project is the culmination of that desire.”
The group plans to tour the album later this year and include some gritty visuals created by Unjust to accompany the lyrical images TAJAI's rhymes conjure. True Crime fans will appreciate this first clip from the album, "Let It Rain."
In addition to the original, “classic” version of the record, Rap Noir also is releasing TRAP NOIR– an alternate version of the album to more “contemporary” beats produced by underground fixture HARRIS THE KNOWITALL.
"I'm dropping these two records like an audio experiment in perception, in style. It is a cinematic record. With a couple of subtle tweaks it can be viewed differently so it's cool to look at it from different angles. I've known Harris the Knowitall for several years, he was part of LEAGUE510 - a group I signed to my label Clear Label Records. I always respected his production skills so when it was time to make the TRAP NOIR record I knew he had the ability to make it like no one else could, and make it so that my record wouldn't sound like anyone else's. My point was to not get a generic “trap producer” but a real music dude who would master these tempos, that was important.
The end result is two engaging albums with two entirely different feels. Check them out!
T-K.A.S.H feat. DJ True Justice & K.E.V.
T-K.A.S.H is the Truth. After honing his skills on Bay Area revolutionary hip-hop group The Coup's projects Steal This Album, Steal This Double Album and Party Music, T-K.A.S.H. unleashed his magnum opus, 2006's Turf War Syndrome, on a world weary of commercialized gangsta fables and the prostitution of hip-hop.
Featuring production work by industry-veteran and fellow revolutionary hip-hop artist Paris, Turf War Syndrome employs verbal assistance from both The Coup and Paris, among others, and even now stands as a project that plays an essential role in the resurgence of quality hip-hop.
T-KASH's second album, the brilliant Brains All Over the Streets continued in the tradition of its predecessor, fusing street knowledge, book knowledge and undeniable rhythms address various social and political issues in the then new "post-Bush" climate.
Now T-K.A.S.H. is back with his third Guerrilla Funk release, No Country for Black Men, a hard-hitting collection of original songs that marry, hip-hop, honesty, introspection and humor with raw feeling and intensity that is all-too-rare in hip-hop nowadays. With guest production by Paris, its release will be announced in conjunction with several other Guerrilla Funk offerings soon.
"I'm not just a rap artist, I am a product of the hip-hop industry," said T-K.A.S.H., who grew up in Oakland, California, and directly experienced the sharp rise and fall of Bay Area rap. "The elements of the industry raised me as an artist."
With an extensive knowledge of west coast hip-hop, T-K.A.S.H. worked closely with Bay Area radio show legend Davey D for over ten years at KPFA in Berkeley, CA. It was through his weekly appearances on The Friday Night Vibe that he developed a cult following and national syndication, as many of his listeners not only took comfort in his raw and truthful lyrics, but also in the fact that he held an active position in non-commercial radio. It was there that he first came to the attention of Paris, who signed him to Guerrilla Funk Recordings shortly after hearing a portion of his debut project.
T-K.A.S.H.'s talents as a lyrist and radio host have gained him the attention of national publications The Source, Vibe, and Murder Dog Magazine, who, in 2002, heralded his rhymes on the title track of the Straight Outta Hunters Point soundtrack by stating, "This is what people mean when they are talking about reality rap...he's servin' up heat for real...that's real talk." Indeed. Another Hard Truth Soldier was born.
Throughout the next few years, T-K.A.S.H. continued to grow both artistically and personally, losing over 100 lbs. by way of a dedicated regimen of exercise and nutrition, eventually earning his personal trainer's NCCA accreditation and completing over a dozen marathons and half-marathons.
T-K.A.S.H.'s most major accomplishment to date however, came with his graduation from the University of California at Berkeley in 2014 with a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics. He now serves on the faculty at U.C. Berkeley.
T-KASH continues to set the bar high. Hard Truth Soldier to the fullest. Be on the look out for his new No Country for Black Men album soon.