West Coast hip-hop legends Souls of Mischief make their long awaited return to Leeds this June.
As one of the most important groups of the Golden Age of Hip-Hop in the early 1990s, Souls of Mischief continue to be a hugely influential musical source and that means their return to Leeds this June is absolutely unmissable. They’re coming to The Wardrobe as part of a five-date UK tour, their first on this side of the Atlantic in five years.
Hailing from Oakland, California, the group’s four MCs, A-Plus, Phesto, Opio and Tajai, all met in school, going on to release their seminal debut album in 1993 after graduating. The record, ‘93 ‘til Infinity’ shared its name with their most famous single, which has become one of the most popular anthems of the era, but it wasn’t all about one song – from ‘Disseshowedo’ to ‘That’s When You Lost’, ‘Live and Let Live’ and ‘Limitations’, it’s an album that stands the test of time.
In the 25 years since they came together, Souls of Mischief have only released six albums, following up their debut with ‘No Man’s Land’, ‘Focus’, ‘Trilogy’ and ‘Montezuma’s Revenge’ before their last album, ‘There Is Only Now’ in 2014. One thing, as well as membership of the group, has been consistent in that time – Souls of Mischief’s ability to tell hard-hitting stories from the streets, stories that are gritty and witty in equal measure – a talent not many are able to master.
It means that over the years their canon of hip-hop masterpieces has seen them mentioned alongside the likes of De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest, groups who perhaps get more attention, but are no more important in the development and influence of West Coast hip-hop at the start of the 1990s, an achievement that Souls of Mischief can be truly proud of.
Since that time, they’ve been part of a loose hip-hop collective, known as Hieroglyphics with the likes of Casual, Del the Funk Homosapien, Domino and DJ Toure. Together, they were all responsible for the emergence of the Oakland sound, but across three decades, it’s the four MCs of Souls of Mischief that have really stood out and continue to lead the way for those rappers and producers who’ve followed.
Souls of Mischief play The Wardrobe on Sunday 18th June 2017. Tickets are available now.