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Album Review

Like 1998's 3rd Eye Vision, Souls of Mischief's Focus was released on the Hieroglyphics own label. Unlike that well polished album, Focus has the feel of a series of unfinished demos. Rather than pass the mic among the group on each song, the four members, Phesto, A-Plus, Opio, and Tajai go it alone on the album's tracks. They meet with mixed success. The album veers between Tajai's shimmering, complex "Dues Pay" and Phesto's brittle, artificial "Way 2 Cold." Overall the album feels disjointed: Souls of Mischief nearly completely abandons the fluid lyricism of their first album, 93 'Til Infinity, opting instead for harsh, spare tracks. Dedicated fans of the Hieroglyphics will be interested, but other would be better off with the group's debut.

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Great album


One word: AMAZING!!


YES this have finally been remastered and is on itunes! shooting stars is the joint straight up


Formed: 1991 in Oakland, CA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The East Oakland backpacker crew are members of the loose underground hip-hop consortium known as Hieroglyphics. The group consists of four erudite but hardcore MCs: A-Plus, Phesto, Opio and Tajai. Their debut album in 1993, '93 Til Infinity, produced an early-'90s anthem of the same name and spawned a movement towards bohemian yet rugged hip-hop. The crew drew comparisons to De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest for their abstract, whimsical style of storytelling. '93 Til was a youthfully impressionistic...
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