Souls of Mischief

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Souls of Mischief
Origin Oakland, California, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Years active 1993 till infinity
Labels Hieroglyphics Imperium, Jive/BMG
Associated acts Hieroglyphics, Extra Prolific, The Pharcyde
Members A-Plus
Phesto
Opio
Tajai

Souls of Mischief is a hip hop group from Oakland, California, that is also part of the hip hop collective Hieroglyphics. The Souls of Mischief formed in 1991 and is composed of emcees A-Plus, Opio, Phesto, and Tajai.

History[edit]

Oakland native Tajai began rhyming with future band mate A-Plus at age 8, while both were in elementary school.[1] Tajai and Phesto met later in junior high school.[2] Tajai later introduced A-Plus and Phesto to the remaining Souls of Mischief member, Opio, and the group informally formed in high school before making its major-label debut on Jive Records with the group's well-received album 93 'til Infinity, in 1993.[2]

The group is part of the hip-hop collective Hieroglyphics, with emcees Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Casual, Pep Love, Jaybiz, and producer Domino.[2] The group participated as full members in both Hieroglyphics' studio albums: 1998's 3rd Eye Vision, and 2003's Full Circle.

93 ’til Infinity is the group's highest charting album to date (#17 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums; #85 Billboard 200) and, in January, 1998, was named one of the Top 100 Rap albums by The Source magazine.

The group stayed with Jive for one more album, 1995's No Man's Land, before being released from the label during the same year.

The group released two albums on Hiero's self-owned independent label, Hieroglyphics Imperium Recordings: 1999's Focus, and 2000's Trilogy: Conflict, Climax, Resolution.

On October 30, 2006, Hierocast (Hieroglyphics' official podcast), Del tha Funkee Homosapien reported that the Souls of Mischief was currently working on its next studio album with Prince Paul (De La Soul, Gravediggaz, Handsome Boy Modeling School).[citation needed]

On January 6, 2009, Souls of Mischief released the Tour Stories EP produced by Domino and co-produced by Prince Paul. The song is taken from the group's fifth studio album, Montezuma's Revenge, released on Hieroglyphics Imperium.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Chart position[3]
U.S. U.S. R&B
1993 93 'til Infinity
  • First studio album
  • Released: September 28, 1993
  • Label: Jive
85 17
1995 No Man's Land
  • Second studio album
  • Released: October 10, 1995
  • Label: Jive
111 27
1999 Focus
2000 Trilogy: Conflict, Climax, Resolution
  • Fourth studio album
  • Released: October 24, 2000
  • Label: Hieroglyphics Imperium
2009 Montezuma's Revenge
  • Fifth studio album
  • Released: December 1, 2009
  • Label: Clear Label
93
2014 There Is Only Now
  • Sixth studio album
  • Released: August 26, 2014
  • Label: Linear Labs

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions[4] Album
U.S. Hot 100 U.S. R&B U.S. Rap
1993 "93 'til Infinity" 72 65 11 93 'til Infinity
"That's When Ya Lost" 24
1994 "Get the Girl, Grab the Money and Run" 50 A Low Down Dirty Shame
"Never No More" 46 93 'til Infinity
1995 "Rock It Like That" 44 No Man's Land
"Fa Sho Fa Real"
1999 "Shooting Stars" Focus
"Step Off"
2000 "Medication" Trilogy: Conflict, Climax, Resolution
"Bad Business"
"Acupuncture"
"Soundscience"
2009 "Tour Stories" Montezuma's Revenge
"Proper Aim"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tajai Interview". Gorilla Movement.com. 2005. Retrieved 2007-02-03. 
  2. ^ a b c StinkE (1996-07-18). "Phesto Interview". StinkE Productions. Retrieved 2007-02-03. 
  3. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p41664/charts-awards/billboard-albums
  4. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p41664/charts-awards/billboard-singles

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