On this day in Hip Hop history Oakland trio Souls of Mischief release their underrated classic album 93 Til Infinity. Hailing from Oakland’s Hieroglyphics camp, this conscious adolescent put together an LP that, despite their “inexperience”, held it’s own against the work of east coast artists thriving in New York’s Afrocentric boom-bap scene.
Quietly peaking at #84 on the Billboard 200 chart, this album is the crown jewel of the Hieroglyphics collective and ranks among some of the most timeless albums of the time. Critically, this album was highly regarded. It’s genre defying subject matter, jazz and funk infused production, and unique style apart from anything else in California made this album stand out (even if it didn’t have the sales to show it). Majority of the albums success was a result of it’s lead single “’93 til Infinity” which peaked at #72 on the Billboard Hot 100.