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Hieroglyphics’ Hip-Hop Holy Day Celebrated the Bay Area’s Independent Spirit

By dru

Although Oakland hip-hop collective Hieroglyphics headlines Hiero Day every year, Souls of Mischief member Adam “A-Plus” Carter points out that “Hiero Day isn’t Hiero-centric.” In other words, the festival isn’t so much a celebration of all things Hiero as it is an affirmation of hip-hop’s—and the Bay Area’s—independent spirit.

Indeed, Hieroglyphics’ brief 30-minute closing set was almost an afterthought on Sept. 2, as the festival’s eighth edition featured non-stop highlights. These included a jazzy, soulful and grown-up set by the Midnight Hour (a project by Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge); a surprise cameo by Queens hip-hop veteran the Large Professor; the debut live performance of an East-meets-West collaboration between Mount Vernon’s Pete Rock and Oakland’s Yukmouth; a fierce performance by “Gangster Goddess” Medusa; and an early set by bilingual MC Deuce Eclipse and DJ El Kool Kyle on the Infinity Stage.

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