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Since its inception, the Hieroglyphics family has been primarily responsible for expanding the definition of Oakland hip-hop beyond the pimp stylings of Too $hort -- the first artist to put the city on the rap radar. West Coast hip-hop was dominated by the Gangsta stylings of N.W.A. and Ice-T when Hieroglyphics first appeared on the scene. Beginning with their debut release, Del's I Wish My Brother George Was Here, they have ensured that California is now known for pure lyricism as well. Several albums from different members of the team followed, until the long awaited and overdue Third Eye Vision was released in 1998 -- the first album to feature the entire Hieroglyphics family. Several tracks from Third Eye Vision showcase the varied lyrical techniques of the group's huge roster of MCs.
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