Souls Of Mischief

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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Souls Of Mischief Discography

Albums

Souls Of Mischief 93 'Til Infinity (Album) Jive Canada 1993 Sell This Version
Souls Of Mischief No Man's Land (Album, EP) Jive UK 1995 Sell This Version
Souls Of Mischief Focus (Album) Hiero Imperium US 1998 Sell This Version
Souls Of Mischief Trilogy: Conflict, Climax, Resolution (Album) Hiero Imperium US 2000 Sell This Version
Souls Of Mischief Montezuma's Revenge (Album) Clear Label Records US 2009 Sell This Version
Adrian Younge Presents Souls Of Mischief Adrian Younge Presents Souls Of Mischief - There Is Only Now (Album) Linear Labs US 2014 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Souls Of Mischief 93 'Til Infinity (Single) Jive UK 1993 Sell This Version
Souls Of Mischief That's When Ya Lost (Single, Maxi) Jive Europe 1993 Sell This Version
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 US 1994 Sell This Version
Souls Of Mischief Never No More (Single) Jive US 1994 Sell This Version
Souls Of Mischief Rock It Like That (Single) Jive US 1995 Sell This Version
IR-30001-1 Souls Of Mischief Unseen Hand(12") Industry Records IR-30001-1 US 1996 Sell This Version
none Souls Of Mischief Step Off(12") Hiero Imperium none US 1997 Sell This Version
Souls Of Mischief Focus (Shooting Stars/Step Off) Hiero Imperium, Hiero Imperium US 1998 Sell This Version
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 UK 1999 Sell This Version
IR-00051 Souls Of Mischief / Swollen Members Souls Of Mischief / Swollen Members - Airborne Rangers / Groundbreaking(12") Industry Records IR-00051 US 1999 Sell This Version
230007-1 Souls Of Mischief Medication / Acupuncture(12", Single) Hiero Imperium 230007-1 US 2000 Sell This Version
230009-1 Souls Of Mischief Soundscience / Bad Business(12") Hiero Imperium 230009-1 US 2001 Sell This Version
Souls Of Mischief Spark (Single) Chocolate Industries US 2002 Sell This Version
LL-001-7 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

Miscellaneous

CS-1-X Souls Of Mischief / Casual Souls Of Mischief / Casual - Untitled(Cass, Promo, Smplr) Jive CS-1-X US 1993 Sell This Version