Pep Love

Pep Love is a hip hop artist and a member of the Oakland, California-based hip hop collective Hieroglyphics.

Pep Love
Also known asPep Love
BornJackson, Mississippi, U.S.
OriginOakland, California, United States
GenresHip hop, rap
Years active1993–present
LabelsHieroglyphics Imperium
Associated actsHieroglyphics
The Prose
First Light

Personal life

Born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, Pep Love relocated with his family to Oakland, California as a teenager.[1]

Musical career

Pep Love, also known as Pep Lava, is a Black American rapper from Oakland, CA by way of Jackson, MS. He was first heard on Souls Of Mischief's That's When Ya Lost then on the b-side of Del the Funky Homosapien’s Wrong Place at the Wrong Time\ Elektra Records single release on a song titled Undisputed Champs. This obscure, mythical rap classic also featured Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest, and was even featured on Casual's Who's It On. Pep’s rapid fire - rhythm wave riding - metronome sex style was honed from 90’s Hip Hop as a member of the well known and well regarded Hieroglyphics rap crew.

Pep Love’s debut solo album, Ascension, was a Hip Hop journey into the mind and soul. This, along with his outstanding vocal contributions and concepts on Hieroglyphics’ album's Third Eye Vision and Full Circle, established Pep’s signature mark as a rap artist early on in his career. Pep returned in full force in 2012 with the Rigmarole LP. Hip Hop My Friend, the lead single from the Rigmarole album, was widely praised by hardcore hip hop heads and can be heard playing on the radio of jacked vehicles in the 2016 video game Watch Dogs 2.

Since Rigmarole Pep has been back with various music releases including Fallacy Fantasy; a collaborative effort with Hieroglyphics comrade Opio as First Light. Pep’s Dolla Daily EP in 2014 showcased his skill as a beatmaker in addition to his already renowned abilities as a fly emcee. He also released a few loosies like the digital 12” Prayful’ Hate, an introspective reflection of self loathing, and a couple of others that you can find on Bandcamp. Now, he returns with the Fly Philosophy EP. Mostly self produced, this musical outing is merely the tip of the iceberg that chipped off of the glacier as Pep Love attempts to redefine the standard of dope Hip Hop. Along with the Wax Poetic day party events and the Hip Hop Needle Drop nightlife series his recent efforts make it abundantly clear that Pep Love has no plans of letting up until his rap dreams are made manifest.


  • Dolla Daily (2014)
  • "Crooked Angles" (2000)
  • "Fight Club" (2001)
  • "T.A.M.I." (2002)
  • "Prayful' Hate" (2016)


  1. Lumbajack (2003). "Pep Love Interview". Final Chapter Magazine. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-01-31.
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