A-Plus BIOGRAPHY
Since the late 1980s he has produced music for Hieroglyphics as a group and a musical collective, responsible for some of Hieroglyphics’ biggest hits & most critically-acclaimed tracks. He has also proven his versatility as a producer with critically acclaimed production credits on the works of artists encompassing many genres of music.
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Jan
14

A-Plus & Aagee's new album Molly's Dirty Water is now available online! Stream and purchase the 11 track album on the links below:

LISTEN & DOWNLOAD: SOUNDCLOUD | BANDCAMP | ITUNES

Earmilk: "An instrumental blend of hip hop and dance, creating a soup of hip hop samples and electronic-styled synths. Considering the two genres' relatively tight knit history, the song itself sounds natural and raw, even when bringing a psychedelic element to the table."

The hip-hop veterans cite their experiences partying at EDM clubs as inspiration for this experimental new project, which fuses a hip-hop attitude with the sonic vocabulary of EDM production styles. The mix of instrumental-only tracks and tracks with lyrics makes for a diverse project with glitch-hop roots. Labeling their character “Molly” as a drug reference would be an oversimplification: A-Plus says of their concept, “…some songs are more about a cool girl named Molly, others about a not so cool girl named Molly.”

For nearly two decades, A-Plus has been honing his skills as producer, artist, and businessman as a founding member of Hieroglyphics and Souls Of Mischief. He and AAGEE joined forces as production teamCompound 7 to earn production credits on albums such as A-Plus' My Last Good Deed and Casual's Smash Rockwell LP. Their concept album, Pepper Spray, which features fellow Hiero member Del The Funky Homosapien, reimagined some of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' most epic tracks.

With the release of their new album, A-Plus & Aagee present the latest video to their project for the song "Blue Tear Drops". Directed by Justin Herman.


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Jan
10

A-Plus and AAGEE present the first single & music video "Time to Let Go" from their project Molly's Dirty Water. (Available January 14th, 2014). Packages & CD are now available for pre-order on www.shophiero.com!

» Pre-order 'Molly's Dirty Water' here: http://bit.ly/1hiH9KS

Souls of Mischief co-founder A-Plus and Compound 7 cohort AAGEE are proud to announce the release of their collaboration Molly’s Dirty WaterThe hip-hop veterans cite their experiences partying at EDM clubs as inspiration for this experimental new project, which fuses a hip-hop attitude with the sonic vocabulary of EDM production styles. The blend of instrumentals and tracks with lyrics furthers the album’s EDM aesthetic. Labeling their character “Molly” as a drug reference would be an oversimplification: A-Plus says of their concept, “…some songs are more about a cool girl named Molly, others about a not so cool girl named Molly.”

While A-Plus and AAGEE are no strangers to experimentation – the Oakland, CA based musicians’ last release was the Red Hot Chili Peppers-inspired release Pepper Spray - the new album Molly’s Dirty Water pushes the boundaries of hip-hop even further. A-Plus describes, “I was free to try different things out both lyrically and production-wise. Once again, stuff that wouldn’t fly in the Hiero paradigm. I enjoyed the freedom to experiment, because any hip-hop purist backlash I’d normally get was kind of removed from the gate, due to the experimental nature of the music and subject matter…”

Molly’s Dirty Water will be available on January 14th, 2014 and is available for preorder today at Hieroglyphics Imperiumhttp://bit.ly/1hiH9KS

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Oct
02

A-Plus is performing with GZA at Yoshi's in San Francisco with DJ Apollo. The show is on November 9th, doors are at 10:30pm for this 21+ event.

» Get Tickets for GZA with A-Plus and DJ Apollo here!

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Sep
05

On September 19th, A-Plus will be joining Methodman & Redman at 1015 Folsom in San Francisco, CA! Other special guests include Equipto, Sellassie, Kevvy Kev, DJ Mr. E, DJ Mark Di Vita, & DJ Leydis! Event is 21+

» Purchase tickets for Method Man & Redman with A-Plus here!


Since the late 1980's, A-Plus has produced music for Hieroglyphics as a group and a musical collective, responsible for some of Hieroglyphics' biggest hits & most critically-acclaimed tracks. He has also proven his versatility as a producer with critically acclaimed production credits on the works of artists encompassing many genres of music.

Reginald "Reggie" Noble (born April 17, 1970), better known by his stage name Redman, is an American MC, rapper, DJ, record producer and actor. He came to fame in the early 1990s as an artist on the Def Jam label. He is also well known for his collaborations with Method Man, including their starring roles in films and sitcoms. He was also a member of the Def Squad in the early 1990s. Redman exploded on to the hip-hop scene in 1992 when he released his debut album, Whut? Thee Album . That gold album was followed up with the gold-plus, critically acclaimed releases Dare Iz a Darkside .(1994), Muddy Water (1996),Doc’s da Name 2000 (1998), El Nino with Def Squad (Keith Murray and Erick Sermon in 1998) , Malpractice (2001) and Red Gone Wild (2007).

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Aug
20

Hieroglyphics Imperium are teaming up with Oakland-based Linden Street Brewery to present the Second Annual Hiero Day block party on Monday, September 2, 2013 (Labor Day) from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Linden Street Brewery, located at the Port of Oakland.'

'Hiero Day is a free all day music festival that features live performances by the legendary Hieroglyphics and other special guests, local merchandise vendors, food trucks, and interactive activities for all ages. Hiero Day celebrates and showcases the Bay Area’s diverse, innovative, multicultural, and multigenerational music movement in the heart of Oakland.' - Audible Treats (Read)

» RSVP now for Free Admission to Hiero Day - Septmeber 2nd, 2013 in Oakland, CA

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Jun
03

Hip Hop fans who also enjoy the sounds of alternative rock group The Red Hot Chili Peppers will rejoice when they hear Pepper Spray, an EP release from A-Plus of Souls of Mischief/Hieroglyphics and production team Compound 7. The 7-song EP is a reimagining of some of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ most epic tracks as a backdrop for MCs A-Plus, Del and Knobody. The brainchild of Compound 7 member AAGEE (who suggested an EP release with production based entirely off the Chili Peppers), PEPPER SPRAY is a specialty project, according to A-Plus. 

“The whole purpose is a Hip Hop tribute to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, inspired by their music and dedicated to their work. The cover is going to be a spin-off of one of their most popular covers – it’s a theme all throughout,” 
he explains. “The songs are all topic-oriented, sonically as well as lyrically. It’s a conceptual EP, certainly. I don’t want people to look at this like it’s MY new album, it’s something I worked on but it’s obviously in a different lane,” emphasizes A-Plus. “I’m stepping outside of my paradigm to do something new, different and artistic.” 
  
Standout cuts on Pepper Spray include Californication, which features Del. A-Plus explains the significance of Californication – “The way the song is set up, you have to hear it, its two verses then the beat changes, then the verses again, like a refrain. I instantly thought of Del after we finalized the beat. The subculture of California is snaky but its home, that’s what the Chili Peppers’ song is about so I just rapped about what California is for me in the same way - the positive and negative.” 
  
Memories and experiences of tours & being on the road are a recurring theme of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ music as well as on Pepper Spray. “Road Trippin’ is a song about leaving to go on the road, and what it entails. Just being out from an artist’s perspective and how it’s a very hard but amazing job,” A-Plus reasons. “By the Way is another song about being on the road, but more of a specific story, of our tour bus getting pulled over, smelling like weed, me getting arrested, it’s a story – they’re both tour-story oriented.” 
  
Pepper Spray, in drawing from one of the greatest alt-rock bands of this century and turning their sound into a Hip Hop format will undoubtedly draw new fans toward both genres of music and beyond. One thing is sure; Compound 7’s Pepper Spray is like nothing you’ve heard before.

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