Souls Of Mischief

Souls of Mischief are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the classic hip-hop album 93 ‘til Infinity, performing the album in its entirety with a live band on the Still Infinity Tour!

With very few exceptions, Hip Hop anthems have their popularity, and perhaps resurgence among a new generation of fans - then they go on to the next anthem. Not so for Souls of Mischief's seminal classic '93 'til Infinity, which has remained popular for a 20-year run and counting. 50-somethings all the way down to tweens know every word to the song, which was born when A-Plus bought a dollar record by Billy Cobham (Heather) and began to sample it, adding his now-signature rhythms, drum patterns, and more. Souls of Mischief began to come together when the members were just children in elementary school. Oakland native Tajai began rhyming with future band mate A-Plus at age 8, while both were in elementary school. "My dream and goal since I was 8, was to come out with a dope hip hop album and be in the same peer group as all of the rappers I looked up to at the time. To be a part of that exclusive club of hip hop artists recognized and respected for their work," A-Plus reminisces. Tajai and Phesto met later in junior high school, A-Plus introduced Tajai to Opio (who met him from Hiero member Casual) and the group informally formed in high school before making their major-label debut on Jive Records with their well-received album 93 ‘til Infinity, in 1993. While most recording artists are still honing their craft in high school, Souls of Mischief were ready to realize their dreams. Phesto Dee explains it best "My dream was to be a famous, dope ass multi-talented rapper and producer and garner respect from my peers and colleagues. We have been fortunate enough to attain longevity which was something I thought about, but never imagined would come true. 20 years is a blip in time really but that is considered a long career in this industry. So to still be living my dream twenty years later is incredible." 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 that same year. In 1995, following the release of the group from its major-label contract with Jive the group officially formed the hip-hop collective Hieroglyphics (Del the Funkee Homosapien, APlus, Tajai, Opio, Phesto Dee, Domino, Casual, Pep Love and DJ Toure). Souls of Mischief participated as full members in Hieroglyphics’ studio albums: "3rd Eye Vision", "Full Circle" and "The Kitchen".

Popular artists from Kanye West to Just Blaze to Vampire Weekend to John Mayer and so many more have given props and kudos to Souls of Mischief in person and in public
for being a huge influence musically, style-wise, lyrically, and for the impact of their produced music. Kanye West was impressed by the group's fashion sense and style as well. "They was like the first fresh to death group, they had the rugby's it wasn't about being a backpacker...they was like...the '93 me!" From J-Cole to Big K.R.I.T. and from Vampire Weekend to P-Diddy, other producers and artists have also paid their homage by sampling the group's music or interpolating it into their own sound.

Beyond influencing popular music, Souls of Mischief was one of the first groups to have a major impact on the skate, surf & snowboard culture as well. According to Tajai, it all started when the group "got in on the 411 Video Magazine and [Plan B’s] Second Hand Smoke skate videos. That catapulted us to a whole different level. Fortunately, skaters have followed us throughout the years. We’ve got snowboarder fans and surfer fans through videos. There’s this action sports crossover. At first it seemed kind of random. But when we got on those skate videos, they were these seminal skate videos, just like our record is a seminal record for California underground hip-hop. These skate videos had guys like Jovontae Turner or Mike Carroll and they were skating in a style that was brand new." Still making an impact to this day, the NBA is even getting in on the action. "They played “'93 'Til Infinity” at a Warriors game recently, and that felt good, because you’ve got 20 million people watching the playoffs on TV," explained Tajai. All of this influence stems from five full-length albums together as Souls of Mischief, three of which were released on their crew's self-owned indie label, Hieroglyphics

Imperium - "Focus", "Trilogy: Conflict, Climax, Resolution" and "Montezuma's Revenge" produced By Prince Paul. In an era when most rap albums are accomplished by emailing beats and verses back and forth, Montezuma’s Revenge was created the old-fashioned way, with Phesto, Tajai, Opio, A-Plus, Domino, and Prince Paul in the studio together from the beginning to the end of the recording process honing and perfecting each song to create a magnum opus. Souls spent months in the lab working & living with Prince Paul (De La Soul, Gravediggaz, Handsome Boy Modeling School) to craft the masterpiece LP, Montezuma’s Revenge, which was later released in 2009 to
critical acclaim, rave reviews, and a European tour in conjunction with Carhartt brand clothing. Since 2009, Souls members have remained busy on solo projects including APlus's "My Last Good Deed" & "Pepper Spray", Tajai's "Power Movement" & "Machine Language", Opio's "Vulture's Wisdom" series and his collaborative album with Pep Love as First Light "Fallacy Fantasy", and Phesto Dee's "Background Check".

Tab-One

Tab-One serves as 1/6th of the eclectic hip hop group known as Kooley High. He was born in Raleigh and raised in Burlington, NC. After graduating high school in 2000, he was drawn back to Raleigh to receive a degree from N.C. State University. It was N.C. State where Tab would link up with the rest of Kooley High and begin his musical career.
In addition to Kooley High's multiple mixtapes and albums, Tab has released two solo projects; 2009's The Tabloids and 2012's Madflowridiculous which featured production from Sunshine J. With lyrical depth & a stage presence to match, true hip-hop fans are sure to pick up what Tab puts down.

For fans of: The Roots, Little Brother, De La Soul

For fans of MF Doom, Ghostface Killah, and Nas.

Shakeer Fullenweider, better known by his stage name HaLo (pronounced ‘hollow’) is a songwriter and recording artist from Peekskill, NY. HaLo is a member of Grammy Award Winning Producer 9th Wonder’s Jamla Records; an independent music label based out of Raleigh, NC, where HaLo now resides. Known for his down to earth demeanor and coded rhyme style, HaLo is consistently chiseling his sound over the boom bap sonic landscape of Jamla’s in-house production team The Soul Council. Dubbed “Jamla’s Monk on the Hill” by 9th Wonder himself, HaLo finds a unique balance of poetic rhymes mixed with vivid descriptions of everyday struggles and obstacles. HaLo’s name is derived from his contemplation on the combined definitions of ‘hollow’ and ‘halo’. Feelings of emptiness, that power his never ending search for what is truly holy and angelic in life. His music is the soundtrack of this journey.

Fans were first exposed to HaLo through his collaborative work with the hip hop group Kooley High in 2007. After numerous guest appearances on fellow Jamla projects he released his first solo project Heat Writer II in 2011, followed up by The Blind Poet later that same year. In 2012 he joined forces with DJ Flash ( of Justus League / Little Brother fame) to release a conceptual best of mixtape entitled Yoga Flame. Through his tireless community work as a member of The Universal Zulu Nation, energetic performances, and establishing real connections with his fans HaLo has every intention to leave his footprints in the hallways of hip hop’s elite.

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