93 'til Infinity

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93 'til Infinity
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 28, 1993 (1993-09-28)
StudioHyde Street Studios, San Francisco, California
GenreAlternative hip hop
Del the Funky Homosapien
A Plus
Jay Biz
Souls of Mischief chronology
93 'til Infinity
No Man's Land
Singles from 93 'til Infinity
  1. "93 'til Infinity"
    Released: 1993
  2. "That's When Ya Lost"
    Released: May 10, 1993
  3. "Never No More"
    Released: 1994

93 'til Infinity is the debut studio album by Souls of Mischief. It was released on September 28, 1993 by Jive.


The sound of 93 'til Infinity is characteristic of the distinct style explored by the collective, including a rhyme scheme based on internal rhyme and beats centered around a live bass and obscure jazz and funk samples. 93 'til Infinity was released during a period in which the collective released several critically acclaimed albums (including Del tha Funkee Homosapien's No Need for Alarm and Casual's Fear Itself) and rose to national prominence.

93 'til Infinity met commercial success with its title track and lead single, which reached #72 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also featured singles "That's When Ya Lost" and "Never No More" which reached the Hot Rap Singles but never charted on The Billboard Hot 100. According to Allmusic author Steve Huey, "Although the title cut is an underappreciated classic, 93 'til Infinity makes its greatest impression through its stunning consistency, not individual highlights."[1] Huey also goes on to remark that 93 'til Infinity is "one of the most slept-on records of the '90s".


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Consumer GuideA−[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[4]
The Source3.5/5[5]

93 'til Infinity was critically acclaimed for its subject matter, production, and rapping. Although it was not as popular as other West Coast hip hop albums at the time of its release, it received positive acclaim. Suzann Vogel of Philadelphia Weekly praised it:

At the pinnacle of the G-funked gangsta era, Souls of Mischief took the low road of emotional complexity. Hailing from Oakland, Calif., the foursome's distinctive lyrical mapping, infectious beats and subtle melodies on their debut rerouted gun-toting wannabes back to the underground and vaulted record-label Hieroglyphics to indie legend. MCs Tajai, Opio, Phesto and A-Plus exhibited a surprising charisma between them while undoing ghetto esteem. Their world of boredom, girls, weed, books, lounging and, of course, violence was a more easily understood reality for those caught between Pete Rock's tragedy, De La Soul's hippie aesthetics and Tupac's marginalizing glamour. Follow-up releases by Souls fell pathetically flat of achieving 'Til Infinity's harmony, and MCs have since broached personal topics of greater depth. Still, the genre-altering release possesses one undeniable truth: Reality's never sounded so good.

Steve Huey of AllMusic also gives 93 'til Infinity much praise, calling it "the best single album to come out of Oakland's Hieroglyphics camp" as well as saying how Souls of Mischief "completely redefined the art of lyrical technique for the West Coast."[1]

In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums. The title track was also included on the compilation remix album Another Late Night: Zero 7, released in 2002.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Producer(s) Performer(s)
1 "Let 'Em Know" Domino
2 "Live and Let Live" Domino
  • First verse: Opio
  • Second verse: Tajai
  • Third verse: A-Plus
  • Chorus: Phesto
3 "That's When Ya Lost" Del the Funky Homosapien
  • First verse: Tajai
  • Second verse: Phesto
  • Chorus: Pep Love
  • Third verse: A-Plus
  • Fourth verse: Opio
4 "A Name I Call Myself" Del the Funky Homosapien
  • First/seventh verse: A-Plus
  • Second/eighth verse: Tajai
  • Third/fifth verse: Opio
  • Fourth/sixth verse: Phesto
5 "Disseshowedo" Domino, Jay Biz
  • First verse: Tajai
  • Second verse: A-Plus
  • Third verse: Phesto
  • Fourth verse: Opio
6 "What a Way to Go Out" A-Plus
  • First verse: Phesto
  • Second verse: A-Plus
  • Third verse: Tajai
  • Fourth verse: Opio
7 "Never No More" A-Plus
  • First verse: Tajai
  • Second verse: Phesto
  • Third verse: A-Plus
  • Fourth verse: Opio
8 "93 'til Infinity" A-Plus
  • First/eighth/eleventh verse: Opio
  • Second/fifth/twelfth verse: A-Plus
  • Third/seventh/tenth verse: Tajai
  • Fourth/sixth/ninth verse: Phesto
9 "Limitations" Jay Biz
  • First verse: Opio
  • Second verse: A-Plus
  • Chorus: Del the Funky Homosapien
  • Third verse: Tajai
  • Fourth verse: Casual
10 "Anything Can Happen" A-Plus
  • First verse: Tajai
  • Second verse: Opio
  • Third verse: Phesto
  • Fourth verse: A-Plus
11 "Make Your Mind Up" Del the Funky Homosapien
  • First verse: A-Plus
  • Second verse: Opio
  • Third verse: Tajai
12 "Batting Practice" Casual
  • First verse: A-Plus
  • Second verse: Tajai
  • Third verse: Opio
  • Fourth verse: Phesto
13 "Tell Me Who Profits" Domino
  • First verse: A-Plus
  • Second verse: Phesto, Opio
  • Third verse: Tajai
14 "Outro" Domino
  • Souls of Mischief


Weekly charts[edit]

Year Album Peak
Billboard 200[6] Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums[7]
1993 93 'til Infinity 85 17


Year Song Peak
Billboard Hot 100[8] Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks[9] Hot Rap Singles[10] Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales[10]
1993 "93 'Til Infinity" 72 65 11 20
"That's When Ya Lost" - - 24 -
1994 "Never No More" - - 46 15


Souls Of Mischief:

Additional personnel:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Huey, Steve. "93 'Til Infinity – Souls of Mischief". AllMusic. Retrieved September 15, 2011.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000). "Souls of Mischief: '93 'til Infinity". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. St. Martin's Griffin. ISBN 0-312-24560-2. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  3. ^ Simelane, Vukile (January 4, 2005). "Souls of Mischief :: '93 Til Infinity :: Jive/Zomba". RapReviews. Retrieved September 15, 2011.
  4. ^ Sarig, Roni (2004). "Souls of Mischief". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 760–61. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  5. ^ Johnson, Brett (June 1993). "Souls of Mischief: '93 'til Infinity". The Source. No. 45.
  6. ^ "Souls of Mischief - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Souls of Mischief - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Souls of Mischief - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Souls of Mischief - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  10. ^ a b "Souls of Mischief – Awards". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 9 April 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2016.

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