Souls of Mischief
| No Man's Land
28 September 1993
| September 28, 1993 (1993-09-28)|
Hyde Street Studios, San Francisco, California
Domino, Del the Funky Homosapien, A-Plus, Casual
West Coast hip hop, Alternative hip hop, Jazz rap
There Is Only Now, Montezuma's Revenge, No Man's Land, Trilogy: Conflict - Climax - R, 3rd Eye Vision
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".
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:
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 on 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.
Souls Of Mischief:Opio
A-Plus – DJ
Additional personnel:Pep Love
Del the Funky Homosapien
Casual – rap, vocals
Bill Ortiz – trumpet
Snupe – background vocals
1Let ’em Know4:1593 'til Infinity Wikipedia
2Live and Let Live5:20
3That’s When Ya Lost3:35