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From Oakland, California, come a hip-hop group called Souls of Mischief, featuring A-Plus, Opio, Phesto and Tajai. They formed in 1991.
At the average age of 18, Souls of Mischief entered the studio, having signed a major-label deal with Jive Records, to record “93 ‘til Infinity”. It was released on September 23rd 1993, and caught the wave of the hip-hop scene that was in the mainstream by this point. Their sound was based around a live bass guitar, accompanied by samples of jazz and funk music. The album catapulted the band to success with its title track, which reached #72 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1998, it earned the accolade of one of The Source’s 100 Best rap Albums.
Their sophomore studio album, “No Man’s Land”, released on October 10th 1995, received a comparative amount of success, reaching #27 on the R&B chart. This would however, be Souls of Mischief’s final release on Jive Records.
“Focus” was the title of their third album, released on April 20th 1998. It was the first release on the independent label, Hieroglyphics Imperium Recordings label. It was only released as a cassette and record for ten years but is now available on iTunes in a digital format. Their two albums, “Trilogy: Conflict, Climax, Resolution” and “Montezuma’s Revenge” followed a similar pattern with the success and critical acclaim that the albums earned.
However, on August 26th 2014, the band unleashed their album “There Is Only Now”. The album has guest appearances from household names, Busta Rhymes and Snoop Dogg. They released it under the record label, Linear Labs, and Essential Music.