93 'til Infinity
|93 'til Infinity|
|Studio album by Souls of Mischief|
|Released||September 28, 1993|
Hyde Street Studios, San Francisco, California
|Genre||Alternative hip hop|
Del the Funky Homosapien
|Souls of Mischief chronology|
93 'til Infinity is the debut album by Souls of Mischief. The group consists of four members (A-Plus, Opio, Phesto and Tajai) and is a subgroup of the Oakland, California hip hop collective Hieroglyphics. The album was released on September 28, 1993
The sound of their debut 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 is often heralded as the best album to come out of the Hiero Golden Age, a period in the early-to-mid-nineties during 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 was propelled into success by 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." Huey also goes on to remark that 93 'til Infinity is "one of the most slept-on records of the '90s".
|Robert Christgau||A− |
93 'til Infinity has been critically acclaimed by many critics for its genre defying subject matter, funky production and charismatic 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 gives much praise to it in this quote:
|“||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, along with fellow standard-bearers Freestyle Fellowship, the Pharcyde, and Hiero founder Del tha Funkee Homosapien."
In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums. The title track was also included in the compilation remix album Another Late Night: Zero 7, released in 2002. 93 til infinity was featured in the 411 video magazine best of volume one.
|1||"Let 'Em Know"||Domino|
|2||"Live and Let Live"||Domino||
|3||"That's When Ya Lost"||Del the Funky Homosapien||
|4||"A Name I Call Myself"||Del the Funky Homosapien||
|5||"Disseshowedo"||Domino, Jay Biz||
|6||"What a Way to Go Out"||A-Plus||
|7||"Never No More"||A-Plus||
|8||"93 'til Infinity"||A-Plus||
|10||"Anything Can Happen"||A-Plus||
|11||"Make Your Mind Up"||Del the Funky Homosapien||
|13||"Tell Me Who Profits"||Domino||
|"93 'Til Infinity"
|"That's When Ya Lost"
|"Never No More"
Album chart positions
|Billboard 200||Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums|
|1993||93 'til Infinity||85||17|
Singles chart positions
|Billboard Hot 100||Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks||Hot Rap Singles||Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales|
|1993||"93 'Til Infinity"||72||65||11||20|
|"That's When Ya Lost"||-||-||24||-|
|1994||"Never No More"||-||-||46||15|
Souls Of Mischief:
- Pep Love
- Del the Funky Homosapien
- Casual – rap, vocals
- Bill Ortiz – trumpet
- Jay Biz
- Snupe – background vocals
- Huey, Steve. 93 'til Infinity at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-09-15.
- "CG: Souls of Mischief". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2011-09-15.
- "Souls of Mischief :: '93 Til Infinity :: Jive/Zomba". Rapreviews.com. 2005-01-04. Retrieved 2011-09-15.