, known by the stage name
, Pep Love
, (born: July 17
) is an American rapper
and one of the founding members of the Oakland, California
-based underground hip hop collective Hieroglyphics
Born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi
, Pep Love relocated with his family to Oakland, California as a teenager.
In Oakland, he partnered with fellow DJ/producer Jay-Biz
to create the group, The Prose
. The Prose was later incorporated into the underground hip hop collective, the Hieroglyphics, in 1995.
Pep Love is a practictioner of Capoeira martial arts, and is also a vegan.
Pep Love made his recording debut on Casual's
1993 release, Fear Itself
The Prose released their debut album, The Shamen, in 1993. The album featured appearances from Hiero members, Del tha Funkee Homosapien and Casual.
Pep Love released his solo debut album, Ascension in 2001 and Ascension Side C in 2003, through the Hieroglpyphics' self-owned, independent label, Hieroglyphics Imperium Recordings. He also contributed significantly to both of the Hieroglyphics' studio albums, 3rd Eye Vision in 1998, and Full Circle in 2003.