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

History[edit]

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, along with 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]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[4]
US
Ind.

[5]
US
R&B

[6]
US
Rap

[7]
93 'til Infinity 85 17
No Man's Land
  • Released: October 10, 1995
  • Label: Jive
  • Formats: Cassette, CD, digital download, LP
111 27
Focus
Trilogy: Conflict, Climax, Resolution
  • Released: October 24, 2000
  • Label: Hieroglyphics Imperium
  • Formats: Cassette, CD, digital download, LP
37
Montezuma's Revenge
  • Released: December 1, 2009
  • Label: Clear Label
  • Formats: CD, digital download
93
There Is Only Now
  • Released: August 26, 2014
  • Label: Linear Labs
  • Formats: CD, digital download
35 20
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
[8]
US
Dance
Sales

[9]
US
R&B

[10]
US
Rap

[11]
"93 'til Infinity" 1993 72 20 65 11 93 'til Infinity
"That's When Ya Lost" [A] 24
"Get the Girl, Grab the Money and Run" 1994 23 50 A Low Down Dirty Shame soundtrack
"Never No More" 15 [B] 46 93 'til Infinity
"Rock It Like That" 1995 22 [C] 44 No Man's Land
"Fa Sho Fa Real"
"Shooting Stars" 1999 Focus
"Step Off"
"Medication" 2000 Trilogy: Conflict, Climax, Resolution
"Bad Business"
"Acupuncture"
"Soundscience"
"Tour Stories" 2009 Montezuma's Revenge
"Proper Aim"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "That's When Ya Lost" did not enter the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, but peaked at number twenty-two on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.[12]
  2. ^ "Never No More" did not enter the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, but peaked at number twenty on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.[12]
  3. ^ "Rock It Like That" did not enter the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, but peaked at number seventeen on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.[12]

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