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Best known for his work as a member of Souls of Mischief and The Hieroglyphics collective, Oakland emcee Opio has been cranking out dope hip-hop for some 20 years now. He's dropped solo joints in the past (the Masterpiece Theater mixtape and Triangulation Station); though both were great, few outside of Hiero's cultlike following were hip to them. On Vulture's Wisdom Vol. 1, he teams with under-recognized Bay Area producer The Architect (who has also cooked up beats for Planet Asia, Rasco, and Encore, among others). The result is a fantastic 15-track album loaded with funk-laden neck-breakers. Overflowing with intricately clever wordplay that flaunts an ideal mix of rewindable punchlines and flamboyant bravado, this is true lyricism the way it should be done. Del the Funky Homosapien and Guilty Simpson join the party on "Superfly," but for the most part it's all Op and Arch, and they impress at every turn. "On the Outside Looking In," "With or Without You," and "The Prize" are highlights.

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Strong Force in Hip Hop Universe

Opio is an expert of song assemblies. Able to create complicated, cohesive mixes using all of the hip hop elements, such as sampling and scratching, he comes off as the most talented producer in Hieroglyphics. This is like a planet in the hip hop world that satellites will be orbiting. It's just so quotable and memorable. I also like the unique tidbits of music to transition between some songs; these are some of the small elements that afford it's uniqueness. A MUST for hip hop heads.

Treat yourself.

Man, forget the marketing. Forget the videos. Forget the club. That kind of hip hop is cool for the weekends when your out partying at a club, but sometimes you need just dope rhymes and dope beats, vulture's wisdom has exactly that. Opio has been puttin it down for 15 years. Opio has consistently been the best lyricist in the Hiero crew including Del, and he shows it with another solo cd. Buy this album man, and treat yourself to the original form of hip hop----dope MC'ing.

Hiero Imperium

The Hierohlyphics do a great job in putting out albums that actually say something,this album says a lot. I suggest you should buy the album in the store and not download, believe me it is worth the money. Don't forget about the other Hiero Artists such as Prince Alie, Del Tha Funky Homosapien, A Plus, they each make good music. So go out and buy their records.


Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

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

Best known as a member of Hieroglyphics and Souls of Mischief, MC Opio sometimes breaks off into a solo career, often with left-field producers at his side. His solo debut came in 2004 when the Hieroglyphics Imperium label released his LP Masterpiece Theatre. Triangulation Station followed on the label in 2005, then 2008 saw the release of his mixtape Vulture's Wisdom, Vol. 1, while Vol. 2 landed in 2012. In 2014 he collaborated with...
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