Souls Of Mischief

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The East Oakland backpacker 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. The crew drew comparisons to De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest for their abstract, whimsical style of storytelling. '93 Til was a youthfully impressionistic album echoing jazz and funk influences combined with precocious lyrical gestures. Such tracks as "That's When Ya Lost" and "Never No More" were memorable for their lyrics and feel alike. 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, another dark, trippy, and brooding exploration in 2000.
(c) Artist Biography by Michael DiBella
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01241-41514-2 93 'Til Infinity — Souls Of Mischief Souls Of Mischief 93 'Til Infinity (Album) Jive 01241-41514-2 Canada 1993 Sell This Version
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CHIP 163 No Man's Land — Souls Of Mischief Souls Of Mischief No Man's Land (Album) Jive CHIP 163 UK 1995 Sell This Version
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none Battle (Hieroglyphics vs. Hobo Junction) — Souls Of Mischief Saafir, Casual, Hieroglyphics, Hobo Junction, Souls Of Mischief, Pep Love Saafir, Casual, Hieroglyphics, Hobo Junction, Souls Of Mischief, Pep Love - Battle (Hieroglyphics vs. Hobo Junction)(Cass, S/Sided, Promo) Reprise Records none US 1995 Sell This Version
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SF001 Focus — Souls Of Mischief Souls Of Mischief Focus (Album) Hiero Imperium SF001 US 1998 Sell This Version
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none Trilogy: Conflict, Climax, Resolution — Souls Of Mischief Souls Of Mischief Trilogy: Conflict, Climax, Resolution (Album) Hiero Imperium none US 2000 Sell This Version
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CL1033 Montezuma's Revenge — Souls Of Mischief Souls Of Mischief Montezuma's Revenge (Album) Clear Label Records CL1033 US 2009 Sell This Version
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none 93 Still — Souls Of Mischief Souls Of Mischief 93 Still(Cass, Album, Ltd, Blu) Gummy Soul none US 2013 Sell This Version
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LL-003PD-LP There Is Only Now — Souls Of Mischief Adrian Younge Presents Souls Of Mischief Adrian Younge Presents Souls Of Mischief - There Is Only Now (Album) Linear Labs LL-003PD-LP US 2014 Sell This Version
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none Locus — Souls Of Mischief Souls Of Mischief Locus(CD, Album) Citizens Of Humanity none US 2015 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

none That's When Ya Lost — Souls Of Mischief Souls Of Mischief That's When Ya Lost (Single, Maxi) Jive none US 1993 Sell This Version
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JIVE T 337P 93 'Til Infinity — Souls Of Mischief Souls Of Mischief 93 'Til Infinity (Single) Jive JIVE T 337P UK 1993 Sell This Version
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01241-42256-1 Get The Girl, Grab The Money & Run / Later On / In Front Of The Kids — Souls Of Mischief Souls Of Mischief / Casual / Extra Prolific Souls Of Mischief / Casual / Extra Prolific - Get The Girl, Grab The Money & Run / Later On / In Front Of The Kids (Single) Jive 01241-42256-1 US 1994 Sell This Version
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JDJ-42204-2 Never No More — Souls Of Mischief Souls Of Mischief Never No More (Single) Jive JDJ-42204-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
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GAV-1 The '94 Inscription From Hieroglyphics — Souls Of Mischief Casual, Souls Of Mischief, Extra Prolific Casual, Souls Of Mischief, Extra Prolific - The '94 Inscription From Hieroglyphics(Cass, EP, Ltd, Promo, Smplr) Jive GAV-1 US 1994 Sell This Version
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01241-42308-4 Rock It Like That — Souls Of Mischief Souls Of Mischief Rock It Like That (Single, Maxi) Jive 01241-42308-4 US 1995 Sell This Version
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IR-30001-1 Unseen Hand — Souls Of Mischief Souls Of Mischief Unseen Hand(12") Industry Records IR-30001-1 US 1996 Sell This Version
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none Step Off — Souls Of Mischief Souls Of Mischief Step Off(12") Hiero Imperium none US 1997 Sell This Version
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none Focus (Shooting Stars/Step Off) — Souls Of Mischief Souls Of Mischief Focus (Shooting Stars/Step Off)(12") Hiero Imperium none US 1998 Sell This Version
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MWR111CDS The Extravaganza / Looking Over A City — Souls Of Mischief Quannum M.C s* & Souls Of Mischief / Latyrx Featuring El-P Quannum M.C s* & Souls Of Mischief / Latyrx Featuring El-P - The Extravaganza / Looking Over A City (Single) Mo Wax, Quannum Projects MWR111CDS UK 1999 Sell This Version
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IR-00051 Airborne Rangers / Groundbreaking — Souls Of Mischief Souls Of Mischief / Swollen Members Souls Of Mischief / Swollen Members - Airborne Rangers / Groundbreaking(12") Industry Records IR-00051 US 1999 Sell This Version
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2300072 Medication / Acupuncture — Souls Of Mischief Souls Of Mischief Medication / Acupuncture (Single) Hiero Imperium 2300072 US 2000 Sell This Version
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230009-1 Soundscience / Bad Business — Souls Of Mischief Souls Of Mischief Soundscience / Bad Business(12") Hiero Imperium 230009-1 US 2001 Sell This Version
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CHLT033CD Spark — Souls Of Mischief Souls Of Mischief Spark (Single) Chocolate Industries CHLT033CD US 2002 Sell This Version
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LL-001-7 There Is Only Now — Souls Of Mischief Adrian Younge Presents Souls Of Mischief Adrian Younge Presents Souls Of Mischief - There Is Only Now(7", Single) Linear Labs LL-001-7 US 2014 Sell This Version
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LL 007 LP There Is Only Now (Remix) — Souls Of Mischief Ali Shaheed Muhammad / Souls Of Mischief Ali Shaheed Muhammad / Souls Of Mischief - There Is Only Now (Remix)(10", Tra) Linear Labs LL 007 LP US 2014 Sell This Version