#HIERODAY2014 was dope! (photo by @rjsjf)

#HIERODAY2014 was dope! (photo by @rjsjf)

Looking forward to this year’s #HIERODAY2014! There’s a lot of work that goes into putting a FREE festival like this together and that work falls on the shoulders of only a few. I’ve heard a lot of the criticism regarding this year’s festival’s lack of women representation and I agree. I’ve spoken to one of the lead organizers in great detail about it and I promise you that the voices have been heard. As a festival put together for the community - that is only in its 3rd year - it’s important that we voice our concerns as a community and hold folks accountable in the direction of resolve (vs. dissolve). With that said, we should always be strategic in our push. Through a simple phone call, I found out things that happened on the back end that prevented certain artists from being able to perform that might’ve have balanced the bill a little better as well as the attempts made to book certain artists - without repeating the same bill as last year. I’m in no way excusing or justifying this exclusion, but I am drawing that the organizers are very open and willing to build. This issue of gender imbalance is something that I’m assured will be focused on in the continuation of this festival. I encourage the community of Oakland to support and help take ownership of this festival by not only criticizing but aiding the organizers through genuine dialog - as opposed to dismissing it and allowing it to die secondary to a fixable issue. As somebody from a place and time when free Hip Hop/music festivals were plentiful, I would hate for y’all to watch as I did as so many of them died prematurely or got swallowed and enslaved by corporate sponsorship… We have an opportunity to make Hiero Day a true celebration of the crew who helped put Oakland Hip Hop on the world map for years to come. Let’s not push potential allies away without opening a forum for real conversation. Speaking of which, as I am in NO way speaking FOR the sisters, I would love for y’all to chime in. S/O to the festival organizers for being willing to listen and take on the challenges of being inclusive and representative of such a diverse community. Sorry for the typo’s. #GENDERBALANCEDHIPHOP

Looking forward to this year’s #HIERODAY2014! There’s a lot of work that goes into putting a FREE festival like this together and that work falls on the shoulders of only a few. I’ve heard a lot of the criticism regarding this year’s festival’s lack of women representation and I agree. I’ve spoken to one of the lead organizers in great detail about it and I promise you that the voices have been heard. As a festival put together for the community - that is only in its 3rd year - it’s important that we voice our concerns as a community and hold folks accountable in the direction of resolve (vs. dissolve). With that said, we should always be strategic in our push. Through a simple phone call, I found out things that happened on the back end that prevented certain artists from being able to perform that might’ve have balanced the bill a little better as well as the attempts made to book certain artists - without repeating the same bill as last year. I’m in no way excusing or justifying this exclusion, but I am drawing that the organizers are very open and willing to build. This issue of gender imbalance is something that I’m assured will be focused on in the continuation of this festival. I encourage the community of Oakland to support and help take ownership of this festival by not only criticizing but aiding the organizers through genuine dialog - as opposed to dismissing it and allowing it to die secondary to a fixable issue. As somebody from a place and time when free Hip Hop/music festivals were plentiful, I would hate for y’all to watch as I did as so many of them died prematurely or got swallowed and enslaved by corporate sponsorship… We have an opportunity to make Hiero Day a true celebration of the crew who helped put Oakland Hip Hop on the world map for years to come. Let’s not push potential allies away without opening a forum for real conversation. Speaking of which, as I am in NO way speaking FOR the sisters, I would love for y’all to chime in. S/O to the festival organizers for being willing to listen and take on the challenges of being inclusive and representative of such a diverse community. Sorry for the typo’s. #GENDERBALANCEDHIPHOP

OAKLAND: The Bar will be in stage at 3pm at the Imperium Stage! Don’t miss it!!! #HIERODAY2014 #FREE (S/O to @tayodub for the correction - OG Calendar God)

OAKLAND: The Bar will be in stage at 3pm at the Imperium Stage! Don’t miss it!!! #HIERODAY2014 #FREE (S/O to @tayodub for the correction - OG Calendar God)

BAY AREA! The Bar (Prometheus Brown x Bambu x DJ Nphared) will be on stage around 1pm at the Imperium Stage! Don’t miss it!!! Any requests?! #BANG #BANG #BARKADA #OAKLAND #HIERODAY2014

BAY AREA! The Bar (Prometheus Brown x Bambu x DJ Nphared) will be on stage around 1pm at the Imperium Stage! Don’t miss it!!! Any requests?! #BANG #BANG #BARKADA #OAKLAND #HIERODAY2014

#TBT #ONERIFLEPERFAMILY Which song(s) were y’all fucking with on this album?

#TBT #ONERIFLEPERFAMILY Which song(s) were y’all fucking with on this album?

OAKLAND! I’ll be on stage with two other guys on September 1st for #HIERODAY2014! #BARKADA

OAKLAND! I’ll be on stage with two other guys on September 1st for #HIERODAY2014! #BARKADA

tylerpedia:

[Newscast:]

Police pepper-spray student protesters and tonight, officers are on leave and more protests are being planned…

[Hook]

We keep going/don’t stop running

They keep selling, we don’t want it

So close to it

Almost found a way

Two steps closer/they keep coming

We keep…

tylerpedia:

[Newscast:]

Police pepper-spray student protesters and tonight, officers are on leave and more protests are being planned…

[Hook]

We keep going/don’t stop running

They keep selling, we don’t want it

So close to it

Almost found a way

Two steps closer/they keep coming

We keep…

rhymesayers:

Starting in September, Brother Ali will be embarking on a North American tour with Bambu, DJ LAST WORD, and MaLLy. Tickets are ON SALE NOW!

For dates & ticket links: http://bit.ly/HAFHdates

Brother Ali x Bambu x DJ Last Word x MalLy! Tickets on sale at 10AM (PST)! Don’t miss this! #PARTYWORKER #HOMEAWAYFROMHOMETOUR

Brother Ali x Bambu x DJ Last Word x MalLy! Tickets on sale at 10AM (PST)! Don’t miss this! #PARTYWORKER #HOMEAWAYFROMHOMETOUR

BIG THANKS to @brotheraliisblind for bringing me out with him @lastwordmpls and MalLy on these dates! Get those tickets tomorrow at 10AM (PST)! #HOMEAWAYFROMHOMETOUR #PARTYWORKER will definitely be available on the tour - @cknow7 is so far ahead of the music that he already got the USB’s, shirts and stickers…

BIG THANKS to @brotheraliisblind for bringing me out with him @lastwordmpls and MalLy on these dates! Get those tickets tomorrow at 10AM (PST)! #HOMEAWAYFROMHOMETOUR #PARTYWORKER will definitely be available on the tour - @cknow7 is so far ahead of the music that he already got the USB’s, shirts and stickers…

bitchesandwaffles:

Randoms: Rollin thru emeryville, Bambu x Rey Res x Khalil Bayani in Emeryville, soundwave in west Oakland, Ambreezy in London, Taco Truck in East Oakland,Kuya Beats in Pinole,MacArthur Bart platform,G-Eazy x Sage The Gemini in Birmingham UK,Raka Dun @ Deathmatch in Austin, Skillz x Aplus x DJ Jazzy Jeff in LA

Last day of recording at The Line Hotel. Thank you to the entire staff in the hotel and in the kitchen. It was dope to meet all of you and find inspiration through y’all’s hustles. I have a special thank you to send to my big brother @ridingshotgunla and @jschupack, but I’m saving that for the book. #PARTYWORKER

Last day of recording at The Line Hotel. Thank you to the entire staff in the hotel and in the kitchen. It was dope to meet all of you and find inspiration through y’all’s hustles. I have a special thank you to send to my big brother @ridingshotgunla and @jschupack, but I’m saving that for the book. #PARTYWORKER