Today in Hip Hop History: September 28, 1993
Oakland-based hip hop group Souls of Mischief released their debut studio album, 93 Til Infinity, through Jive Records in 1993. Souls of Mischief are a subgroup of the larger hip hop group, Hieroglyphics, and consist of Phesto, Opio, Tajai and A-Plus. 93 Til Infinity featured production from Domino, Del the Funky Homosapien, Jay Biz, A-Plus and Casual. It featured vocals from Pep Love and Del.
The alternative hip hop album blended several golden age hip hop and jazz elements in a characteristically unique and distinct style by the group. Their beats focuses on live bass and obscure jazz/funk samples with intricate and internal rhyme schemes.
The title track remains the most memorable song on the album, regardless of its overall consistency and cohesiveness as a project. It peaked at #11 on Hot Rap Singles and #72 on the Billboard Hot 100. 93 Til Infinity peaked at #85 on The Billboard 200 and #17 on The Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums Chart.
The album has become a cult classic among underground hip hop critics and fans, despite its lack of mainstream popularity among other West Coast albums at the time. 93 Til Infinity is often associated as the greatest album to come out of the Hiero Golden Age, the period in which both collective and solo Hieroglyphics albums were released frequently. The Source listed 93 Til Infinity as one of its 100 Best Rap Albums of All Time. It has also been lauded as “one of the most slept-on records of the ’90s.”