Adrian Younge Talks New Concept Album With Souls Of Mischief, Narrated By Ali Shaheed Muhammad

Today on Sway In The Morning, producer/musician Adrian Younge and hip-hop group Souls of Mischief announced that they’d be releasing a joint album via RZA’s Soul Temple Records, due out this September. In an interview with XXL earlier this week, Younge dished on the concept behind the album—which has its own storyline, as did Younge’s recent output Twelve Reasons To Die with Ghostface Killah—as well as the style and feel of the project, and the involvement of Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Check back later today for the rest of the interview with Younge.—Dan Rys (@danrys)

“The next project is Adrian Younge Presents Souls of Mischief. That’s my next big thing and I’m super happy about that. It’s a project that if somebody misses the sounds of 93 ’til Infinity meets The Low End Theory meets De La Soul Is Dead. If somebody misses that kind of sound, they’ll be happy to hear this album because it goes back to that time, you know. Kind of like how the Ghostface album [12 Reasons To Die] kind of went back to that time. And I love both styles of music back then, so I’m very, very excited.

“And it’s also a concept album too—Souls of Mischief almost gets killed by some dude that was just crazy and the whole album just starts off with this incident, and then it blossoms into these different stories that are a result of this volatile incident. And that’s basically what that album is about. It’s dope though. It’s really dope. As far as stylistically, it’s kind of like if Bob James and Herbie Hancock recorded with Q-Tip back in the day, you know what I’m saying. That’s the perspective on the album. I was with Ali Shaheed Muhammad yesterday showing him some of the stuff and he was totally getting it because he’s going to be the narrator on this album, like how RZA was sort of the narrator for Ghost [on 12 Reasons], that’s what Shaheed’s going to be doing. It’s Native Tongues shit, you know what I’m saying, so that’s what I’m super psyched about.

“I mean it’s done now; I’m just touching stuff up. But it’s pretty much done. It’s going to be released in September.”

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  • Dj Spacio

    and Bob Perry will have the distribution of the album??? …. he theft the money of all pre-orders of last ghostface & adrian young’s album, please don’t lose your money in pre-orders with soultemple records … fake records

  • Still Waiting

    I’m still waiting for my 12RTD, Iron Fists and Brown Tape from Soul Temple Music. I paid for them at the end of April. Perry needs to reply to some mails and get his act together.

  • Alonso Mosley

    STEAL THIS ALBUM!!! I’m a fan of all of these artists but I will never buy anything released on Soul Temple. They don’t deserve a penny from anybody. Bob Perry is a con man and a coward. The Wu Tang Clan needs to cut all ties with this company and RZA should just stick to producing. The fact that Adrian Younge has decided to record another album on this label leads me to believe that he has no concern or respect for his fans. I’m sure he knows the deal at this point. Soul Temple has been straight up stealing from their loyal fan base. Souls Of Mischief and Ali Shaheed Muhammad should know better as well. This album sounds like an incredible concept but the only way anybody should ever get it is to download it illegally. Steal from these crooks and beat them at their own game. I have lost all respect for the artists that still choose to associate themselves with this label.