Souls Of Mischief
In 1995, Souls of Mischief members A-Plus, Opio, Phesto and Tajai joined forces with the other members of the Hieroglyphics crew including Del, Domino, Pep Love, and Casual to create a new independent label- Hieroglyphics Imperium- to publish and market the collective's, and individual members', releases.
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On There Is Only Now, a concept album that explores just how precious time is, knotty, elaborate rhyme structuring meets fully fleshed-out storytelling to create a masterful epic. — XXL Magazine

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Souls Of Mischief: 'It's Like Catching Lightning In A Bottle':

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Souls of Mischief, the Oakland group most widely known for the ageless "93 'til Infinity," is, in many ways, the best of us. They are compassionate and kind and loose and sharp. They are artists. They work together. The quartet has long been intertwined with A Tribe Called Quest, and so Microphone Check cohost Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Souls has just released a new album, There Is Only Now, on which Ali appears as the narrator. He and his cohost, Frannie Kelley, spoke to three of the four members of the crew and to their producer on this project, Adrian Younge. — NPR

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SF Bay Guardian has featured Souls of Mischief on the front page of their latest issue & inside on their Music section. Read the article & paper online at the link below!


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"Grab a seat, ladies and gentlemen: Souls of Mischief has a story to tell." – USA Today

"The album mixes blaxploitation, hip-hop, and the band’s actual history to create a wild, gritty tale"  – Noisey

As USA Today instructs, "Grab a seat, ladies and gentlemen: Souls of Mischief has a story to tell." The legendary Hieroglyphics sub-group is proud to release their sixth studio album, There Is Only Now, today in four formats: CD, digital, picture-disc vinyl, and cassette tape. The concept album is a collaborative effort with acclaimed producer and multi-instrumentalist Adrian Younge. It features the Souls at their finest, showcasing a level of dedication, discipline, and skill rarely seen in hip-hop today. Following the release of their recent Noisey premiered single "Finally Back," from which the outlet confidently claimed, "The legendary hip hop crew from East Oakland are here to fuck your shit up," the group has constructed a harrowing narrative throughout the album, detailing a near-fatal incident involving Souls of Mischief early in their careers. "We were hanging outside of a club, at a party, and a guy walked up to us pulling a ski mask down, telling everybody to get down, and as he said that, a shot went off," recalls Souls of Mischief rapper Tajai to The Wall Street Journal.


There Is Only Now was recorded much like a blaxploitation film and details a storyline full of love, loss, and revenge. Ali Shaheed Muhammad narrates the unfolding tale as the DJ for a fictional local Oakland radio station. Busta Rhymes makes an appearance as the story's villain, Womack, on the track "Womack's Lament." William Hart from The Delfonics lends his falsetto, Snoop Dogg adds his perspective on young love on the title track, and Scarub from Living Legends plays the role of Stoney, who is dating a character named Miriam, whom Womack is trying to steal away. Along with the Okayplayer debut of their lyric video for the track "Ghetto Superhero," the jazz-tinged single "Panic Struck," which premiered via The Wall Street Journal, and the Billboard premiere of Snoop Dogg featuring lead single/video, "There Is Only Now," the album has everything in it needs to become a hip-hop classic.

The entire album was recorded solely on 2-inch tape together as a group in Adrian's LA-based studio and will serve as the inaugural release for Adrian's newly launched label, Linear Labs. The album is available for pre-order in several formats: CD, digitally, double-LP, and cassette tape. All formats, including the 7 inch vinyl that features the title track on the A-side and "All You Got Is You Word" on the B-side are available here:

This Thursday, August 28th, the Souls of Mischief and Adrian Younge will be performing at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City with Adrian's 13-piece ensemble Venice Dawn and ATCQ's Ali Shaheed Muhammad, celebrating the album's release. Souls of Mischief are also performing the album in its entirety alongside Ali Shaheed Muhammed, Adrian Younge and Venice Dawn, The PharcydeBlu & ExilePhife DawgDJ RhettmaticHouse Shoes and more, September 4th at The Mayan Theater in Los Angeles.

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New music from There Is Only Now premiered by Noisey! Listen to "Finally Back" below & get the new album on iTunes tomorrow:

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Okayplayer premieres a new lyric video from our upcoming album 'There Is Only Now'! New album drops in 6 days.

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