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Til Infinity: Hieroglyphics.com and the Birth of Hiero Imperium

Here is a great clip from the 2013 documentary, Til Infinity: The Souls of Mischief written and directed by Shomari Smith.

In the clip Phesto, Tajai and Pep Love discuss meeting up with StinkE to create Hieroglyphics.com in 1995 and their transition from major label recording artists to independent pioneers.

To watch the full documentary, check out https://www.tilinfinitydoc.com/.

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‘Tour Stories: So You Really Wanna Be In Show Business?’, XXL

Tajai of Souls of Mischief shares the history of going from major label to indie.

Originally published on:
XXL.com
January 18, 2010

Written by XXL Staff

What up? This is Tajai of Souls of Mischief. Let me tell you guys, making the transition from being on a major, where everything is paid for—cars, hotels, plane tickets, tour support—to being on…nothing, was shocking and a little bit scary. We came directly out of high school into a major label deal into a world of stardom, so to not have that label security made it seem like everything else would go away. Luckily, Domino had the foresight and we had the talent to decide to rely upon ourselves, and this music, first and foremost, as a way to improve our situation.

Pulling a boatload of favors (big up to Matt Kelly for hooking up a lot of the studio sessions during this time and using his expertise to mix our records to perfection) we recorded our first indie album, Third Eye Vision in 1996/1997. During (and pretty much since) this time we toured the world constantly and made friends with a lot of promoters, who were young up-and comers and mainly fans at the time. A lot of these folks now run some huge promotion companies and booking agencies. Some even own the venues where they book us.

Hieroglyphics Imperium really started on the landing at my mom’s house. A buddy of mine put me up on this kid named StinkE, who started a fan site for us on this thing called the “internet.” We reached out and connected with him and made the Hieroglyphics.com site official in 1995.

Once we had the Imperium up, Domino kept telling me he had these old tapes of our unreleased demos and music. By that time we had about 15 years of material, so we decided to start slangin’ tapes, and put it this way—we moved a lot of tapes. Eventually, Hiero moves up to a desk in our lawyer and longtime advisor Michael Ashburne’s office. By 1998, we had a studio and an office in downtown Oakland. By 2000, we had a warehouse in West Oakland. In 2004, we purchased our own warehouse and offices in East Oakland with our own recording studios, T-shirt and merchandise manufacturing facility, AV studios, and our corporate offices.

Reproduced on Hieroglyphics.org for educational purposes.

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3rd Eye Vision Television Commercial, 1998

Here is the best copy I can find of the 3rd Eye Vision television commercial. It features footage of the first single from said album to receive a video, “You Never Knew” and was shot entirely in Hawaii. The video was directed by Jacob Rosenberg.

It was very uncommon for a music group to shout-out a website in 1998, and it features prominently in this video.