Thursday, May 25, 2006

j3's TOP 20 HIP HOP ALBUMS OF ALL TIME

#18
SOULS OF MISCHIEF
93 'TIL INFINITY

1993



Souls of Mischief along with the entire Hieroglyphics camp had the Bay Area on lock back in the early 90s. Ask any head from back then and they'll agree. They'll likewise agree that 93 'Til Infinity was and still is a greatly influential work. What was started by Del with I Wish My Brother George Was Here just years before gave Souls the perfect setup for their masterpiece and it's nothing short of one. It's a funk-filled, bass-heavy, party-rockin' juggerknot that's just as fresh now as it was some 13 years ago.

Like Cypress Hill with Black Sunday, everything that would come after 93 for Souls would simply not match up critically. Jive dropped them after their follow-up No Man's Land failed to do anything close to 93, when essentially it would be impossible. Just another victim of the early 90's label frenzy when everyone was looking for platinum and nothing short. Critical acclaim meant nothing. It was all about the green.

Souls of Mischief: pick it up. Pick up two copies. And then get it on vinyl. Share it with a friend, your little brother, your moms.

Highlights:
"That's When Ya Lost"
"A Name I Call Myself"
"What a Way to Go Out"
"93 'Til Infinity"
"Limitations"
"Anything Can Happen"
"Batting Practice"

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