The Oakland rap group Souls of Mischief released its epochal debut album 93 ’til Infinity 20 years ago, and the Hieroglyphics-affiliated crew has only dropped one full-length record in the past 13 years, 2009’s Prince Paul-produced Montezuma’s Revenge. But the Souls are experiencing a renewed flash of relevance lately.
Vampire Weekend interpolated the rappers’ fantastic early demo “Step to My Girl” for the band’s equally fantastic new single “Step,” and the ascendant Black Hippy/TDE crew (Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and Jay Rock) garners frequent comparisons to this prior West Coast collective. Amidst so much ’90s nostalgia, Souls of Mischief has become a fashionable namedrop — and why not, considering the era-appropriate genius of the crew’s mic-passing, dreamy-jazz-and-funk-sampling, braggadocious-internal-rhyming panache?
The stars have aligned, then, for an anniversary tour. Souls will perform 93 ’til Infinity in full, plus other material, with a live band Monday at The Basement. Illogic, a Columbus rapper with roots just as deep and a resume almost as long, opens the show.