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Oakland, San Francisco CA, United States

Souls of Mischief is a group from Oakland, CA, and part of the hip hop collective Hieroglyphics. Its members include A-Plus, Tajai, Phesto, and Opio. Souls of Mischief debuted in 1993 with their album 93 ‘til Infinity, released on Jive Records. They later released No Man’s Land (1995), Focus (1999), and Trilogy: Conflict, Climax, Resolution (2000).

On December 1st, 2009, Souls of Mischief released Montezuma’s Revenge, a collaboration with Prince Paul, also featuring other members of Hieroglyphics.


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 their major-label debut on Jive Records with their well-received album 93 ‘til Infinity, in 1993.[2]

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.


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  • jessyrocker

    Cool Music

    12 Apr 8:54am Reply
  • jessyrocker

    Love it

    11 Apr 6:36am Reply
  • alinavorwerk


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  • Vicman-hiphop

    Realy feelin it, tight album

    5 Nov 2014 Reply
  • schreder58m

    Super cool that these guys are back!!!! Some awesome insight in this interview:

    8 Sep 2014 Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    Fair enough on Snoop (I just hate seeing that word used all the time) but it is not a little unfair to call the album "tired"? You're not feeling it, fair enough, but the album's throwback vibe is deliberate and the album's sound shouldn't fool you into believing that Souls is a group incapable of transcending the boom bap era or that old Heiro sound. Plus, I think the concept is kind of ambitious, even if some of the tracks meander a little... Point is, despite the fact that they're probably on the cusp of winding down, I don't think Souls are on a downward trajectory. Montezuma's Revenge was really excellent.

    31 Aug 2014 Reply
  • TuNa_DriNk

    Love the new album. Adrian Younge always delivers. [2]

    27 Aug 2014 Reply
  • JamesStayPaid

    Love the new album. Adrian Younge always delivers.

    26 Aug 2014 Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    The new album is solid. It's not Montezuma's Revenge but it's decent. Any post that attacks an artist for being "irrelevant" or collaborating with someone deemed "irrelevant" should be ignored. It's the most pointless, snotty pejorative term around - not least because of its subjectivity. What exactly is "relevant" vividserenity? You'd think perpetrators would be more careful with their words when discussing underground hip-hop acts that are neither experimenting with "hip" sounds (or at all) nor riding a wave of hype. The reason is because a lot of folks believe the word “relevant” should only be applied to artists that are restlessly creative, on the forefront of a "new" vanguard and/or unaffiliated with a genre/scene seemingly in decline. It shouldn't be about all that (especially considering the bullshit so often invented by clueless music critics, never mind the politics behind who gets x amount of exposure etc.), it should be about making good music, regardless of the details.

    25 Aug 2014 Reply
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    24 Aug 2014 Reply
  • elnimio

    \\/ lol what an idiot. New album is one of the best hip-hop releases of the year. Go back to your Drake and Lil Wayne bullshit.

    23 Aug 2014 Reply
  • zapatosgrandes

    hella love

    5 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Boombap90s

    so ugly img on main( if you can't work with img program don't do it.

    6 Mar 2014 Reply
  • promil12 souls of mischief - fist full remix

    3 Nov 2013 Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    I can't believe some clowns were disappointed by Montezuma's Revenge. I hate to say it, but some hip-hop listeners are the dumbest people around...

    10 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Mihhu up!

    8 Feb 2013 Reply
  • otsukaretimu Souls of Mischief - Cabfare

    14 Dec 2012 Reply
  • musicLoveher

    Bay Areaa :)

    25 Nov 2012 Reply
  • JohnnyBlaze92

    vvv Sounds like Opio to me

    14 Nov 2012 Reply
  • pre-s-ton

    can someone who is a bigger fan of SoM tell me who has the first bit in this tune??......

    5 Nov 2012 Reply
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