Phesto and Phesto Dee (born April 29, 1974), is an MC, Producer and Instrumentalist. He is one of the founding four members of the Oakland, California-based underground hip hop group Souls of Mischief, and, with the Souls of Mischief, a part of the eight-person, hip hop collective, the Hieroglyphics. Born and raised in Oakland, California, Phesto met fellow Souls of Mischief member Tajai, as well as Hieroglyphics' founder, Del tha Funkee Homosapien, in junior high school. Tajai introduced Phesto to members A-Plus and Opio, and the group formed in high school before releasing their debut album, 93 'til Infinity on Jive Records in 1993.
As a rapper, Phesto is "renown[ed] for his lyrical dexterity, and down as well as up-tempo flows. Rhyming about anything from 'quantum cryptography' to secret Jedi mind tricks, Phesto's skills are undoubtedly a vital piece of the Hieroglyphics foundation.".
Phesto has contributed to all six Souls of Mischief albums, as well as the four Hieroglyphic studio albums. He has also produced or performed on solo projects of various Hieroglyphics' members. His solo albums are as follows:
Granite Pedigree - EP (2011)
Background Check (2012)
Infrared Rum (2014)