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Name: Souls of Mischief
Music Style: Hip-Hop
Outlar-Listed Events: 1
Outlar Cross-references: The Pharcyde, De La Soul, DJ JS-1, Broke N English, 2woToes, Tony Skank
Souls of Mischief Intro:
The East Oakland crew are members of the loose underground hip-hop consortium known as Hieroglyphics. The group consists of four erudite but hardcore MCs: A-Plus, Phesto, Opio and Tajai. Their debut album in 1993, '93 Til Infinity, produced an early-'90s anthem of the same name and spawned a movement towards bohemian yet rugged hip-hop.
One of hip-hop's great lost masterpieces, 93 'Til Infinity ranks as a seminal early classic of the West Coast underground. The Souls of Mischief
weren't even out of their teens when they completely redefined the art of lyrical technique for the West Coast, along with fellow standard-bearers Freestyle Fellowship, The Pharcyde
, and Hiero founder Del tha Funkee Homosapien. The Souls come off as four brash young MCs who are too smart for their own good, yet they're so full of youthful exuberance that it's impossible to dislike them for it. They're also excellent storytellers, punctuating their tales with a wry wit and clever asides; still, they're able to take on the grittier subjects of violence and death with a worldliness beyond their years. The production on 93 til infinity— all by various core Hieroglyphics members — is just as good as the raps, driven by complex beats, unpredictable basslines, and samples drawn from spacy fusion records and East Coast jazz-rap crews. Main Source and Gang Starr both provide track foundations, and it's possible to hear the intricately constructed loops of the former and the lean attack of the latter (circa Step in the Arena) in the record's overall style. A better comparison, though, would be to the effortless flow and telepathic trade-offs of A Tribe Called Quest. In fact, 93 'Til Infinity seems to actively aspire to the fluidity of the best Tribe albums; tracks often segue directly into one another without pause — and the transitions are seamless. Although the title cut is an underappreciated classic, 93 'Til Infinity makes its greatest impression through its stunning consistency, not individual highlights. Put it all together, and you've got one of the most slept-on records of the '90s.
Two years later, SOM shucked off their reputation for their sophomore release, No Man's Land, a derisive and brash departure from '93 Til. While the crew lost some fans who were looking for a '95 Til, they managed to cultivate a loyal fan base who respected their out on a limb artistic development. Rather than sticking to the formula that made them popular with the college hip-hop set, they chose to shatter their image similar to De La Soul
's second album De La Soul
Is Dead. Their Northern California mindset combines chaos, danger, and the avant-garde, all from a very intellectual B-Boy perspective. The crew dropped the virtually invisible Focus strictly for web heads in 1999, then returned with Trilogy: Conflict, Climax, Resolution in 2000.
Past Souls of Mischief Events ( 1 Listed )
Sunday 22nd October 2006 (7 Years Ago) - Sunday Service: The 5th Birthday (Last Ever Sunday Service) @ The Magnet|
Souls of Mischief (live hiphop crew on european tour), Johnny1Move, DJ Rasp, The Punning Clan (Ro Jista, Benny Diction, Louis Cypher, Tony Skank, 2 Tone), Sketchy Bwoy, Germ, Mak Of All Trades, Ope...
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