From James Dunn:
Hieroglyphics Crew To Release "The Valley Of Kings" Fine Art Piece
The Valley Of Kings web trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHsp9iQkl6U .
Behind the making of The Valley Of Kings: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psWt-dNKFYk&feature=related .
Hieroglyphics, the Oakland-based crew whose ubiquitous three-eyed logo and slew of Golden Era classics have a permanent place in every hip-hop fan’s heart, has teamed up with art collective WAIL (When Art Imitates Life) to create The Valley Of Kings, a series of 200 fine art portraits conceptualized by and featuring all Hiero members which will be made available to the public on May 28, 2010. Details on the piece will be released in the coming week, but it is said to use ancient Egyptian iconography as its stylistic base and features the entire nine-man crew. Valley will also be one of the first art pieces in history to utilize Chromadepth visual technology, and each piece in the series will come packaged with a pair of 3D glasses to allow owners to experience its full range. Each piece will also be signed by various members. “The piece is dope,” Souls Of Mischief’s Tajai says. “I love art. I love music. Music is art. And when they come together in a situation like this where they create something that’s considered high art, immortalizing a group like Hiero in that manner, it’s a good thing for music, and a good thing for history.”
For almost twenty years, Hieroglyphics has been one of hip-hop’s most beloved entities. The one-two punch of Del Tha Funkee Homosapien’s 1992 debut album I Wish My Brother George Was Here (Elektra) and Souls Of Mischief’s ’93 Til Infinity (Jive) introduced listeners to a new kind of West Coast rapper. In an era where gangsta rap was standard issue, Del, Casual, Opio, Tajai, A-Plus, Phesto, Domino and Pep Love offered music from ordinary people with extraordinary skills. Casual’s debut Fear Itself (Jive) and Del’s sophomore album No Need For Alarm, both released in 1994, were Hiero’s last major-label albums save for Souls of Mischief’s 1995 offering No Man’s Land before the crew made the decision to go fully independent, releasing their own albums and coordinating their own tours. 15 years later, that three-eyed logo is a global brand, and Hieroglyphics is one of the undisputed forefathers of the sound, the hustle, and the ideology of underground hip-hop. Their most recent release was last year’s Montezuma’s Revenge.
Valley Of Kings is the next release from When Art Imitates Life (WAIL), the brainchild of Sway of MTV, Tech of the World Famous Wake Up Show, and Los Angeles creativity house Scene Four. Previous releases from WAIL include collaboration pieces with RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan as well as Shavo of System Of A Down. Interested parties are encouraged to visit www.whenartimitateslife.com to sign up for exclusive information on The Valley Of Kings as it develops, as well as a chance to preview and reserve a piece in the highly limited collection before May 28.
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