Concert preview: ’90s hip-hop heroes Souls of Mischief back in the spotlight just in time for anniversary tour

By Columbus Alive
From the June 20, 2013 edition

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.