In ancient Rome, a Heiruspec was a high priest who foretold the future. Today, Heiruspecs are a live hip-hop band that is the future. Based in Minneapolis, Heiruspecs (high-roo-spex) recently released its sophomore album, ‘Small Steps.’ Making giant steps in the live hip-hop arena, Heiruspecs have set necks snapping nationwide and ‘Small Steps’ has earned the band loads of critical acclaim — the album was voted as one of the Top 20 records of 2002 by the Star Tribune, and Heiruspecs have also been written up in such magazines as Jane and URB. Formed in 1997 while its members were enrolled at an arts high school, Heiruspecs is consistently cited as one of the most promising acts in the thriving Midwest hip-hop scene.

Performing with such acts as Jurassic 5, Busta Rhymes, Anti-Pop Consortium, the White Stripes and Mason Jennings, Heiruspecs has also served as backing band for Atmosphere, Sage Francis, Aesop Rock, Oddjobs and Typical Cats.