It was a family affair at the 3rd annual Hiero Day in Oakland as the Hieroglyphics crew took over a few blocks of West Oakland on Labor Day to celebrate more than 20 years of independent Bay Area hip hop.
Chuy Gomez and Ed Lover of Yo! MTV Raps fame shared hosting duties while performers crossed generations and styles on three stages at festival. Underground favorites like San Francisco’s Bored Stiff, Vallejo’s Mac Mall and members of the Living Legends crew showcased the Bay Area’s long history of independent hip hop while leaders of the new school like Iamsu (in an unannounced appearance), Los Rakas and Alexander Spit carried on the tradition.
The day ended with a surprise performance from Deltron 3030 before Hieroglyphics closed the show with a celebratory set that traversed the crew’s catalog, from its beginnings more then 20 years ago to new releases from the past year.
Photos by SF Station photographer Abe Coloma.