Souls of Mischief

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

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 rappers A-Plus, Opio, Phesto, and Tajai.


Oakland native Tajai began rhyming with future bandmate 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, emcees Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Casual, Pep Love, Jaybiz, and producer Domino.[2] The group participated as full members in all three of Hieroglyphics' studio albums: 1998's 3rd Eye Vision, 2003's Full Circle, and 2013's The Kitchen.

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.

During the 2017 NBA Playoffs, Gatorade released a television commercial promoting Gatorade Flow, which featured Indiana Pacers star forward Paul George and the instrumental music of Souls of Mischief' 93 'Til Infinity.[3]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Chart position[4]
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
1998 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
2014 There Is Only Now
  • Sixth studio album
  • Released: August 26, 2014
  • Label: Linear Labs


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"
2009 "Tour Stories" Montezuma's Revenge
"Proper Aim"


  1. ^ "Tajai Interview". Gorilla 2005. Retrieved 2007-02-03. 
  2. ^ a b c "Phesto Interview". StinkE Productions. 1996-07-18. Archived from the original on 2006-07-19. Retrieved 2007-02-03. 
  3. ^ "Ball is Life Article". 2017. Retrieved 2017-04-20. 
  4. ^ a b "Souls of Mischief - Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 

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