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Album Review

If the Hieroglyphics crews' wildly inconsistent discography proves anything, it proves you can count on them to deliver one thing — dope debuts. However, from being too experimental (Del's Both Sides of the Brain), missing in action (Casual), or just woefully inept (Souls' Trilogy), Oaktown's finest have seen their stock as individual artists, and as a crew, plummet. With history on his side, though, the last Boy Scout of Hieroglyphics, Pep Love, has finally stepped out of the shadows with his rejuvenating debut Ascension. For those who yearn for uplifting and positive hip-hop, then Love is your kind of emcee, as Ascension yearns to inspire. Eschewing material greed and trivial matters, Love seeks to reach higher levels of consciousness, and wants you to join him on this self-help trek. Yet, what separates Love from other pulpit prophesiers is that he drops knowledge ("Grime and Grit" and "U.S.") without sounding overly preachy. Likewise, Love's pleas for responsibility ("What You Are," "A-Plus") and the ode to young love, "T.A.M.I.," in an otherwise irresponsible genre are utterly refreshing. While Ascension is a notch below the classic debuts delivered by Love's more established teammates, it is a critical building block, as it generates renewed faith in the Hiero collective. As "Act-Phenom" reiterates, Ascension "is a ritual you will enjoy."

Customer Reviews

Hiero, still rippin it!

Yo, this CD and a few tracks from Ascension Side C are high quality hip hop, up there with some of the best. Must have "Ascension", "Black People", "Fight Club", "Relief", and "Substance" from side C.Personally I feel that Pep actually challenges Del for best artist-lyricist in the Hiero crew. Most of the beats are very solid and compliment pep well, he offers sophisticated and socially conscious lyrics combined with an easy flow, meaning he anunciates all words completely and has an avg-fast, but tight delivery. A must have for hip hop heads (those who actually listen to the lyrics).

Real Hip-Hop!!!

This truely is real hip hop. love the album! Fav tack has got to be "Pacific Heights". A Must buy for all those hip hop fans who ain't into all that money, cars, and girls music. Enough said.


Pep Love has one of the sickest flows. Great album. This is Hip-Hop.


Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Pep Love, aka PL, an often slept-on member of East Oakland, CA's Hieroglyphics family labored as an MC for many years, earning only shout-outs and the occasional guest verse on Hieroglyphics projects. While lending a creative hand on Souls of Mischief's debut '93 Til Infinity and even getting background lyrical credits on two tracks ("When Ya Lost" and "Batting Practice"), Love's first shot at an actual verse came on the B-side "Undisputed Champs" alongside Del tha Funkee Homosapien and Q-Tip. After...
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