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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.
"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: http://linearlabsmusic.com/store.php
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 Pharcyde, Blu & Exile, Phife Dawg, DJ Rhettmatic, House Shoes and more, September 4th at The Mayan Theater in Los Angeles.
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This is one of those once-in-a-lifetime lineups. Souls Of Mischief performing new album 'There Is Only Now' with Adrian Younge on Sept. 4th at Mayan Theater in Los Angeles along with The Pharcyde, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest, Blu and Exile, with DJ House Shoes & Rhettmatic.
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Souls of Mischief's upcoming album "There Is Only Now" is featured on XXL Magazine's The 25 Most Anticipated Albums For The Rest of 2014.
See the list here: http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2014/07/25-most-anticipated-albums-rest-2014/9/
Narrated throughout by A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad, the OGs linked up with producer Adrian Younge—who helmed Ghostface’s 12 Reasons To Die last Spring—for a concept album of sorts that will serve as a throwback to their original sound as well as contain an updated soulful sound. “It’s a project that if somebody misses the sounds of 93 ’til Infinity meets The Low End Theory meets De La Soul Is Dead. If somebody misses that kind of sound, they’ll be happy to hear this album because it goes back to that time, you know,” Younge told XXL last July. “And it’s also a concept album too—Souls of Mischief almost gets killed by some dude that was just crazy and the whole album just starts off with this incident, and then it blossoms into these different stories that are a result of this volatile incident. And that’s basically what that album is about.”