93 'Til Infinityby Souls of Mischief
One of hip-hop's great lost masterpieces, 93 'Til Infinity is the best single album to come out of Oakland's Hieroglyphics camp, and ranks as a seminal early classic of the West Coast underground. The Souls of Mischief weren't even out of their teens when they 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. The Souls come off as four brash young MCs who are too smart for their own good, yet they're so full of youthful exuberance that it's impossible to dislike them for it. They're also excellent storytellers, punctuating their tales with a wry wit and clever asides; still, they're able to take on the grittier subjects of violence and death with a worldliness beyond their years. The production -- all by various core Hieroglyphics members -- is just as good as the raps, driven by complex beats, unpredictable basslines, and samples drawn from spacy fusion records and East Coast jazz-rap crews. Main Source and Gang Starr both provide track foundations here, and it's possible to hear the intricately constructed loops of the former and the lean attack of the latter (circa Step in the Arena) in the record's overall style. A better comparison, though, would be to the effortless flow and telepathic trade-offs of A Tribe Called Quest. In fact, 93 'Til Infinity seems to actively aspire to the fluidity of the best Tribe albums; tracks often segue directly into one another without pause -- and the transitions are seamless. Although the title cut is an underappreciated classic, 93 'Til Infinity makes its greatest impression through its stunning consistency, not individual highlights. Put it all together, and you've got one of the most slept-on records of the '90s.
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Performance CreditsSouls of Mischief Primary Artist
Domino Background Vocals
Pep Love Background Vocals
Bill Ortiz Trumpet
Casual Vocals,Background Vocals
Jay Biz Background Vocals
Technical CreditsMatt Kelly Engineer
Del the Funky Homosapien Producer,Contributor
Matt Kelley Engineer
Chris Trevett Engineer
Jay Biz Producer
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The Heiroglyphics crew from Oaktown have been looked at as pioneers of the West Coast underground movement alongside other groups like The Pharcyde and Freestyle Fellowship. And when Souls dropped ''93 'til...'' Heiro was truly at their pinnacle. In my opinion the title track of this album is the greatest hip-hop song of ALL-TIME no question. A true must have for any collection, from an era when buying rap music wasn't such a risk....
Get this album now!!! I gaurentee you wont be disapointed, and if you are then you have bad taste, plain and simple. There isnt much to say about this album, its one of the easiest underground hip hop albums to like, as opposed the the usual acquired taste that indie hip hop demands. Hiero is strong, real strong, so strong that they could easily be on the top of the hip hop world if they chose, but thank goodness;) they dont. The souls represent hiero well here, all i have to say is get it and pop it in, and if you dont like it then keep listening till you do, but trust me, you will!!! Get it!