Tag Archives: Oakland

Music Of Life – Ise Lyfe

Oakland’s Ise Lyfe previews his forthcoming album “Prince Cometh” and talks about the recording process behind some of the cuts on the project.

New Joint – Opio

Opio – “Original Lyricist” ( Hiero Imperium / 2008 )

Taken from the forthcoming Architect-produced album “Vulture’s Wisdom, Volume One”.

Push It Along – Raashan Ahmad

The Oakland-based emcee and Crown City Rockers member talks about his influences and the story behind his new album “The Push”.


Thursday Throwback (Part 13) – Extra Prolific

Extra Prolific – “First Sermon” (Jive / 1994)

1994 was arguably Hip-Hop’s best year musically since the golden-era pinnacle of 1988, with debut albums from the likes of Nas, Biggie, Jeru The Damaja, Keith Murray, O.C. and Kurious all causing mass hysteria amongst rap junkies. Hieroglyphics affiliates Extra Prolific also dropped their first (and only) album that year, the sublime “Like It Should Be”, which mixed macked-out Oakland trunk funk with smooth jazzy soundscapes and slick lyricism. 

Dwarfed at the time by the hype surrounding instant classics such as “Illmatic” and “Ready To Die”, “Like It Should Be” is often overlooked when talk turns to the soundtrack of the 1-9-9-4, but definitely deserves its place alongside the many great albums released that year.

If you don’t know, you better ask somebody!      

Oakland Style – Casual

Footage of Hieroglyphics member Casual performing in Seattle late last year with Dan The Automator as part of the 2K7 tour