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Black Thought, Talib Kweli, Mannie Fresh & More To Perform At 7th Annual Hiero Day

The 7th annual Hiero Day Music Festival & Block Party is taking place Labor Day, September 3. The event performers have officially been unveiled. Oakland, California's legendary Hieroglyphics crew will be performing at their festival, and joining them will be Black Thought, Talib Kweli, Freddie Gibbs, Mannie Fresh, Elzhi, Georgia... Read more

The Souls Of Mischief’s Tajai is Designing A Hotel To Chill From 18 ‘Til Infinity (Video)

One of the founding members of Souls Of Mischief, as well as the super-group Hieroglyphics, Tajai Massey is stretching his creative capacity beyond music in 2018. Heads may not know that the Oakland, California MC/producer is also an architectural designer, and his latest project comes in the form of a... Read more

Members Of Souls Of Mischief & Freestyle Fellowship Tag Team With Battle Rhymes (Audio)

In the early 1990s, Los Angeles, California's Good Life Café played host to some legendary lyricists with its open mic Hip-Hop shows. From Jurassic 5 (Rebels of Rhythm and Unity Committee) to Freestyle Fellowship, Skee-Lo to Volume 10, many great MCs made pre-album impact on a community of music, poetry,... Read more

Imagine Souls Of Mischief’s “93 ‘Til Infinity” Remixed To Over 15 Amazing Beats From 1993 (Audio)

Souls Of Mischief's "93 'til Infinity" remains a pinnacle for the veteran Oakland, California quartet. From the Jive/Zomba Records album of the same name, the introductory work from the Hieroglyphics members would see their strongest chart traction for album and single, in showing the rest of the world how they... Read more

Del The Funky Homosapien & Souls Of Mischief’s 1997 Freestyle Is A Purist’s Paradise (Audio)

In 1997, the Hieroglyphics crew was embarking on the early stages of an independent Hip-Hop empire. Del The Funky Homosapien (or "Del Tha Funkee Homosapien" as it was at the time) had released two heralded albums with Elektra Records. The Oakland, California quarter of Souls of Mischief has been part... Read more

Souls Of Mischief’s Opio & Free The Robots Recorded An LP In A Redwoods Forest. Hear Some (Audio Premiere)

Earlier this year, Souls Of Mischief/Hieroglyphics MC Opio and producer Free The Robots teamed for The Subconscious Mind EP, including "Let The Bass Go." Moving forward, the Oakland, California veteran and the accomplished producer (Capital STEEZ, Nocando, Busdriver) merge towards Sempervirens (September 18). The duo recorded this full-length in a California... Read more

Adrian Younge Never Stops Creating. Glimpse Into His Linear Labs (Album Stream)

PRhyme member Adrian Younge is always busy, but never stagnant. The Los Angeles, California-based producer/musician is currently wrapping up the Another Life album with Bilal, he's planning a sequel to Twelve Reasons To Die with Ghostface Killah, and he's reportedly concocting more rawness with his band-mates DJ Premier and Royce Da 5'9".... Read more

Souls Of Mischief’s Opio Knows Something About Making Futuristic Jeep Music (Audio)

Of all the members of Souls Of Mischief, it often seems like Opio keeps the lowest profile. The Oakland, California veteran may play the background, but he's laid down some critical verses for Souls as well as the Hieroglyphics releases. With a handful of projects, Ope' showcases a 2015 cut,... Read more

The Hieroglyphics Paint Pictures With Words In The Studio (Audio)

Following last year's The Kitchen LP, Del The Funky Homosapien and the Hieroglyphics crew are back in the lab again. Del, A-Plus, Opio and company freak a new concept at Red Bull Studios, their first new crew music (said to be the first of two tracks) from the session. "Heebie... Read more

Zion I, Sadat X, Opio, Mr. Lif, Kev Choice & Deuce Eclipse Get It In (Video)

Zion I pulls out all of the stops for "Get Urs." The Oakland-formed duo of MC Zumbi and Amplive link with Sadat X (Brand Nubian), Mr. Lif (The Perceptionists), Opio (Souls Of Mischief), Deuce Eclipse, and Kev Choice for this stellar (and hella colorful) concept video. It's straight bars, and... Read more

Souls of Mischief Perform There is Only Now For the First Time Ever (Video)

The Souls of Mischief took the stage at NYC's Le Poisson Rouge tonight (8/28) and performed their new album, There is Only Now, for the first time ever. The Bay Area legends were backed by their producer Adrian Younge's band, Venice Dawn, as well as A Tribe Called Quest's Ali... Read more

Souls Of Mischief Say There Is Only Now To Listen To The LP (Album Stream)

One of 2014's most-anticipated albums is Souls Of Mischief & Adrian Younge's There Is Only Now. The Oakland foursome's first LP in four years is their first with Adrian, who has garnered fame working with Ghostface Killah, The Dramatics, and others. With a strong response already to the group's star-studded... Read more

Souls Of Mischief Are Finally Back, Sounding As Great As Ever (Audio)

Tomorrow (August 26), the mighty Souls Of Mischief crew is teaming with producer/musician Adrian Younge to release There Is Only Now. The Oakland, California quartet's first LP in four years finds the crew in their mid-1990s pocket that made them an instrumental element in re-defining West Coast Hip-Hop diversity during... Read more

Souls Of Mischief’s Ghetto Superhero Causes Electric Company Flashbacks (Lyric Video)

Lyric videos are all fine and good, but not all of them are from artists who really hold lyrics in high honor. Souls Of Mischief have over 23 years playing with words, using them to move crowds and give Hip-Hop's perception of Oakland Hip-Hop a facelift. "Ghetto Superman" from next... Read more

Souls Of Mischief Leave Em Panic Struck + Ali Shaheed Slated To Remix Whole LP (Audio)

In just over two weeks, the Souls Of Mischief crew will release their album, There Is Only Now, produced by Adrian Younge. The looks keep coming though, from Tajai, Phesto, A-Plus, and Opio. Today (August 11), S.O.M drop "Panic Struck," which finds some hard, confident rapping over sparse percussion and... Read more

Why Are the 90’s Considered the Best Era of Hip-Hop? Listen to This Mix (Audio)

Here's part 2 of DJ Vadim's stellar back in the day mixtape series. In this installment, he tackles 90's Hip-Hop...with aggression. Rather than strictly catering to the hits, he digs in the crates to craft a mix with diverse but cohesive sonic texture. You'll hear music from Nas, The Roots,... Read more

The Souls Of Mischief Discuss Their New Album There Is Only Now (Video)

The Souls of Mischief continue their passionate drive to push the boundaries of their music and this time they've laid the experience of that journey to wax on their upcoming album, There Is Only Now, which will be released on August 26th. Sitting down with Hyptrak TV, the Oakland artists... Read more

Here’s a Playlist of the Best Hip-Hop of July 2014 (Audio)

July brought the heat in Hip-Hop, including new music from Jeezy & Jay Z, Black Thought, Raekwon, G-Unit, Rah Digga, Q-Tip, Cormega, Wale, "Your Old Droog," Elzhi, Chubb Rock, KRS-One, Big K.R.I.T., Wiz Khalifa, Common, Dilated Peoples, Souls of Mischief, Scarface and more. Check out a playlist of the Best... Read more

Souls Of Mischief Remind Us All That Word Is Bond (Audio)

The Souls Of Mischief are coming out (There Is Only Now, August 26) to remind Heads that the Oakland, California quartet helped architect so much of what is in vogue right now. Tajai, Opio, Phesto Dee, and A-Plus found the proper balance between smooth and thoughtful in the early '90s,... Read more

Here’s a Playlist of the Best Hip-Hop to Drop in June 2014 (Audio Playlist)

June brought some of the best Hip-Hop of the year, so far. We got new music from G-Unit, Common, Marsha Ambrosius & Dr. Dre, Ab-Soul & Kendrick Lamar, Souls of Mischief, Cormega, Mac Miller & Pete Rock, Black Thought, The Lox, Buckshot, Yasiin Bey & Mannie Fresh, Black Milk, Ice... Read more

Souls of Mischief & Snoop Dogg Tell A West Coast Love Story (Video)

Time travel through musical backdrops influenced by the past and fostered in the present with the Souls of Mischief and fellow West Coast native Snoop Dogg in visuals to their latest cut, "There Is Only Now." The title track to their upcoming album, There Is Only Now, boasts buttery, ambient... Read more

Souls Of Mischief Let Off Their First There Is Now Look & Snoop Dogg’s Down (Audio)

One of 2014's more anticipated albums appears to be Souls Of Mischief's There Is Only Now. Opio, Tajai, A-Plus, and Phesto spent last year celebrating 20 years of 93 'Til Infinity, with a tour, a box set, and a lot of much-deserved attention from the former Jive Records sensations. While... Read more

Souls of Mischief Are Releasing Their First New Album in More Than 5 Years (Artwork & Tracklist)

2013 was a landmark year for Souls of Mischief, as they celebrated the 20th anniversary of their beloved album, '93 til Infinity. 2014 is shaping up to be another banner year for the group, as they are gearing up to release their first new album in more than 5 years.... Read more

Domino Breaks Down Where He Gets His Sounds & His Father’s Punk Roots In Crate Diggers (Video)

Hieroglyphics fans are up on Domino. Not to be confused with the Los Angeles rapper of the same name, San Francisco's Dom produced early joints for Del Tha Funkee Homosapien (when it was still spelled as such), as well as Souls Of Mischief and Casual. Dom, who has been a... Read more

Souls Of Mischief’s 93 ‘Til Infinity Deluxe Reissues, With A Light Box, Bonus CD & Music Book

In a month that's already announced a deluxe reissue of Mobb Deep's 1995 album, The Infamous, as well fellow Queens native/collaborator Nas' 1994 debut, Illmatic, next up is the Souls Of Mischief's debut, 93 'til Infinity. The Jive Records album by Tajai, Phesto, Opio, and A-Plus featured the breakthrough single... Read more

Dr. Dre, Nas, Eminem, Diddy & Ma$e & Pharcyde Etc. Come Together To Perform At Beats’ Grammy Party

Earlier this month, Beats Music launched. From the creators of the Beats By Dre headphone and electronics lines, this streaming subscription service is the latest competitor in a space that includes Spotify, Pandora and others. With plenty to celebrate, Beats hosted a Grammy Awards weekend party at Los Angeles, California's... Read more

Tajai From Souls Of Mischief Discusses Egypt & New Group Album (Interview)

“Yo what's up, this is Tajai of the mighty Souls of Mischief crew…” Even though it’s been 20 years since one of Hip-Hop’s crown jewels dropped, hearing the intro above from Souls of Mischief’s “93 'til Infinity” still has the power to ease the mind in ways few songs can.... Read more

Souls Of Mischief’s 93 ’til Infinity 20 Years Later (Food For Thought)

By:  Bandini My biggest gripe with the cliché-use of the word “classic” is the freshness in which it’s pulled out. In order to be a classic, you must endure the tendency to forget, overlook, and turn the page. The 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Baritz is classic—with its long lines, razor-sharp edges... Read more

Souls Of Mischief & Gummy Soul – 93 Still (Mixtape)

With permission (and some acapellas) from the heralded Oakland collective Souls Of Mischief (on tour now), Gummy Soul's Wally Clark was able to re-craft his own spin on the famed 1993 Jive Records album—93 Still. The original (read: classic) released 20 years ago this month. In a statement, Wally said,... Read more

Souls of Mischief Freestyle on Sway in the Morning (Video)

Here's another freestyle from the SXSW edition of Sway in the Morning. This time the rhymes are courtesy of Souls of Mischief. Check out the video. Related: Oh No – Controlled Riots ft Souls of Mischief (Audio)... Read more

Oh No – Controlled Riots ft Souls of Mischief

Last year, Oh No dropped a hot track with Sticky Fingaz from Onyx. Now, here's a new one with Souls of Mischief. Check out "Controlled Riots." Related: Casual & J Rawls – Hier-O-Dot ft Souls of Mischief and MHz (Audio)... Read more

Casual & J Rawls – Hier-O-Dot ft Souls of Mischief and MHz

Here's another Hieroglyphics reunion. This time Casual teams up with Souls of Mischief. Check out Hier-O-Dot. Related: Casual & J Rawls - Respect Game Or Expect Flames ft Del the Funky Homosapien (Video)... Read more

Today most people know Jive Records for Britney and Justin. Here’s why they’re the 11th most important hip-hop record label of all time.

Long before Clive Calder built Jive Records into the pop music juggernaut that featured Britney Spears, Nsync, The Backstreet Boys, R. Kelly and Justin Timberlake, the label was the home to some of the most important acts in hip-hop. These artists achieved both commercial and critical success and some went... Read more

Here’s a video playlist inspired by the Rock The Bells festival. You’ll find videos from Nas, Raekwon, Ghostface, Black Star, Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, Cypress Hill, Souls of Mischief, Common and more. Check it out.

The Rock the Bells festival inspired the Reebok Classic Albums by Classic Artists series and it has inspired this playlist. This year's festival has an insane lineup of Nas, Cypress Hill, Black Starr, Mobb Deep, Souls of Mischief, Raekwon, Ghostface, Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, Common and many of today's up... Read more

Hollyweerd’s Yellow Pages has a mid-90’s feel to it. Imagine a Southern Souls of Mischief spitting on a Pete Rock track…

Check out the video... http://vimeo.com/21012902 ...and the Pete Rock and Souls of Mischief comparisons: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiTy71nSkKw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONpxDfhMjjk... Read more

Imagine if Souls of Mischief had done gangsta rap. Hmm…it probably would have sounded something like Ridin' and Smokin' by Fashawn ft Night and Dirty Money. Check this out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIlrOWcmPaI&feature=player_embedded I actually think these cats were truly inspired by Souls of Mischief.  Peep the flow in '93 Til Infinity and check out the close up panoramic solo shots in the video.  See a pattern?  .... Read more

If you like hip-hop from the early 90's this Mick Boogie mixtape will blow your mind. Vintage and remixed classics from LL, Snoop, Pete Rock, Tribe, Gangstarr, De La, Pharcyde and that's just 7 songs out of 27…

Click here to download '93 Til Infinity.  Need more Mick Boogie in your life?  Click here to see over 100 of his mixtapes. Here's the tracklist for '93 Til Infinity. 1. Mick Boogie – Intro 2. Das Efx – Mic Checka (Remix) 3. Souls Of Mischief – 93 Til Infinity... Read more

New school is showing love to the old school today. Big K.R.I.T. rides a Souls of Mischief track on Somedayz

Somedayz – Big K.R.I.T. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oVgq-QrwRM Here’s the classic Souls of Mischief joint, ’93 til Infinity: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wP56Tf5fpjM&feature=player_embedded …as well as an ill version by Kidz in the Hall, Wheelz Fall Off (’06 Til): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VUxm8jRoNw&feature=player_embedded …finally the original, a song called Heather by Billy Cobham.  The sampled part start at 2:03 (wait... Read more