2018 (Till infinity) promises to be a very special year for the legendary and influential Hieroglyphics imprint. Not only does 2018 mark the 25th anniversaries for Souls Of Mischief’s debut 93 Till Infinity and Del’s No Need For Alarm, but also the collective’s collaborative efforts, 1998’s 3rd Eye Vision and 2003’ Full Circle. To celebrate these landmark anniversaries, Hiero will be releasing some very exciting companion pieces (which will be announced soon) and never before heard material from the vaults.
Before those announcements are made, Hiero is proud to announce their 7th Annual Hiero Day Festival & Black Party which will take place on Labor Day, Monday 9-3-2018 in Oakland, CA. Hiero Day is an all-day, all-age music festival, showcasing over 40 live performances on 3 different stages by both local and renowned artists in genres such as hip-hop, rap, R&B, and more with the legendary hip-hop collective Hieroglyphics headlining the festival; and additional performances from Black Thought, Freddie Gibbs, Talib Kweli, Mannie Fresh, Elzhi, The Pharcyde, Charli 2NA, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Richie Rich, People Under The Stairs among many. The event will be hosted by Mistah FAB, Chuy Gomez, Dnas & Chinaka Hodge & Chris Riggins.
Each year over 100 local vendors and exhibitors participate in Hiero Day. Our exhibitors help make the festival fun and exciting, while showcasing the diversity of our community. This year’s activities and entertainment include an expanded selection and variety of food (food trucks), dancing, shopping from local vendors, merch, and even a kid-friendly area complete with bounce houses, face painting and more. Public transportation is highly encouraged, as parking is extremely limited. The festival is conveniently located 3rd and Chestnut in West Oakland) a short walk from the West Oakland BART station!
After the success of the Hiero Day’s first festival in 2012, former Oakland Mayor Jean Quan declared September 3rd as “Hiero Day” in the City of Oakland. With Hiero Day in its 7thyear in production, 2018 marks the biggest and best Hiero Day yet! $19.93 per ticket for an all-day (with Fast Pass & VIP Tickets also available), three stage event with hundreds of vendors and over 40 musical acts is the greatest festival bargain for any summer festival.
Visit www.hieroday.com for ticketing information, as well as updates on performances, vendor information, festival activities and sponsorship and volunteer opportunities. Location, ticket and vendor info for the 7th Annual Hiero Day Festival is available here.
If you are interested in attending and or covering the 7th annual Hiero Day Festival and want press/photo passes, or would like to speak with Hiero about the festival please let me know and I will gladly facilitate.
ABOUT HIEROGLYPHICS IMPERIUM
Hieroglyphics, the legendary Oakland-based underground hip-hop collective founded in the early 1990’s, is composed of rappers Del the Funky Homosapien, Casual, Pep Love, Domino, DJ Touré, and Souls of Mischief members A-Plus, Phesto, Opio, and Tajai. After releasing several albums on major labels, in 1997 they created their own indie empire, Hieroglyphics Imperium, and have been an influential force in the independent music scene ever since. Since its inception, the Hiero Crew has thrived, releasing several albums and collaborating with a laundry list of popular and independent artists, including The Gorillaz, Q-Tip, Georgia Clinton, Jurassic 5, Bill Ortiz, Dilated Peoples, Dan The Automator, Prince Paul, Xzibit, and more.
“Maimouna is a very special and unique artist. From the first time I heard her I thought, man this woman is really going to impact music and do something groundbreaking that touches and moves people ” Common
Since receiving a Grammy nomination for her vocal contributions to The Roots hit “Don’t Feel Right,” the Baltimore born and DC raised singer, emcee, songwriter, activist, musical healer and cultural philanthropist Maimouna Youssef (AKA Mumu Fresh) has been making huge waves as both a solo and accompanying artist across a diverse spectrum of mediums.
Outside of her well developed relationship with The Roots (Mumu has traveled worldwide with the group; and also just finished a tour with Common), Mumu lent her vocals to DJ Jazzy Jeff’s group project Chasing Goosebumps and she also received a co-writing credit on Common’s “The Day Women Took Over” from his Black America Again LP. Most recently she released a full length project, Vintage Babies, (2017) with producer DJ Dummy; who also serves as musical director for J. Cole and accompanies Mumu’s Tiny Desk performance as well. VintageBabies featured appearances from Common, TDE’s SIR & Malik Yusef. Later this year, Mumu will release a new project with Grammy Award Winning producer 9thWonder & The Soul Council entitled, Been Here Before, which will feature Rapsody & Musiq SoulChild among others.
Mumu has also branched out into film and television, lending an unforgettable performance on Dave Chappelle’s hip-hop documentary Block Party, making a cameo appearance in the 2017 hit movie Girls Trip and contributed soundtrack work to OWN Network’s Queen Sugar, “Contradiction’s Maze,”where she collaborated with Oddisee. Further, Mumu’s “Roll On Sista” has also been featured on a national advertising campaign from Ford Motor Company.
No stranger to the “Tiny Desk” stage, as she joined August Greene (Common, Karriem Riggins & Robert Glasper) in late February of this year for a performance that went viral, she kicks off her set with “Ink Pata,” this ode to powerful women and cultural ancestry pays homage to Native Americans spiritual rituals of old and spoke in the Lakota language and then transitions sublimely into “Miracle.” Say My Name” is a tribute to Sandra Bland and many other women whose voices dare to be heard and whose stories haunt us all until we remember their names. The performance concludes by coming full circle, as Black Thought and Mumu premiere a new and still untitled track that was specifically written for Tiny Desk. “It was a blessing getting to rock with someone near and dear to me” Thought commented.
“I’ve been a fan of the powerful work NPR has been doing for years and the Tiny Desk concert series has always secretly been on my bucket list” Mumu exclaimed. “I actually wrote it on my vision board this past New Year’s Eve while I was making my new year’s resolutions, so this is a beautiful manifestation come true to be able to rock on the Tiny Desk stage with my partner DJ Dummy; not once but twice this year! The icing on the cake, Black Thought is my special guest. Of all the people in the world, Black Thought, who happens to be one of the greatest lyricists on the planet and the first MC I had the honor of touring and becoming Grammy nominated with, happily agreed to be my special guest. The spirit was high in the room, the impact was felt and history was undeniably made. It’s a blessing that I’m forever grateful for.”
There’s so much on the horizon for Mumu Fresh and this unforgettable NPR Tiny Desk concert is just a chapter in her great adventure.
Over the last several months, we’ve seen David Banner build great anticipation for his forthcoming album, which has included standout releases like “Marry Me” featuring Rudy Currence and the Big K.R.I.T.-assisted single “My Uzi” to name a couple. Now, with the release of The God Box quickly approaching, Banner turns up the dial once again with the release of another track from the impending LP. Teaming up with Black Thought of The Roots and trapstep trio What The Duck, David Banner delivers the THX-produced single “Who Want It” — another extremely aware single from the Mississippi native that comes filled with nothing but bars filled with knowledge, backed by a stirring, grungy instrumental. David Banner’s impending album, The God Box, arrives May 19th and is currently available for pre-order.