Vintage: Hieroglyphics at Tramps/Fat Beats NYC 1998

blame it on JES7 August 23, 2014

My mellow my man DJ Eclipse continues rolling out vintage Hip-Hop footage from the early days of Fat Beats. Today, he lets loose a clip of Hiero performing at Tramps (the same place that gave birth to De La Soul’s live album from 1996 as well as the classic DITC live bootleg).

In his words:

Here’s another classic episode from Tramps and Fat Beats NYC when the Hieroglyphics crew came through back in ’98. These guys properly utilized their popularity from being on major labels and put it to good use when it was time to establish their own label, Hiero Imperium. They were one of the first groups to build a following online when many other acts didn’t even own a computer. But not only did they have a good sense of business, they had a good sense of rhyming. Still do. Freestyling wasn’t created by them, but they were one of the earliest groups I can remember where everyone in the crew was nice off the top of the head. And everywhere they would go from B.E.T. to Stretch & Bobbito they would display those skills. In the Fat Beats segment of this clip you can catch Del, Casual, Tajai, Pep Love & Opio doing what they do best. Once again we have Max Glazer on the wheels (seen this time) as well as some notable people in the crowd like Siah, Crazy Legs and of course ILL BILL & Q-Unique who were working at the store then. And shout out to Peter Oasis and Zvi of LiveNDirect for putting on the Tramps shows.

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