In 1993, the classic album named ’93 til Infinity by a young rap group called of Souls of Mischief was released. “It symbolizes us finally accomplishing our goal,” said A-Plus. This group was able to accomplish their goal and much more. With fourteen years of being independent, this rap group feels good to be “still relevant and current at this time,” said Phesto.

Yesterday (July 3), was a night for real hip hop. Souls of Mischief celebrated twenty years of the release of their album ’93 til Infinity. The concert took place at SOBs in New York City. The place was jam packed with hip-hop aficionados who for that one night,  felt invigorated by the nostalgic music of their youth.

Hosted by Mr. Mecca, the first and only opening act of the night was Kev Choice from Oakland, Cali. It was only right for Souls of Mischief to bring out from their hometown a young artist to be their opening act. Kev Choice surprised the audience with his smooth skills on the piano, juxtaposed with his harsh lyrics on the mic.

At 9:40 p.m., Souls of Mischief proved that at any age, you could still rock out. The group provided the audience with the same energy—if not more—than some of these younger artists in the game now. They love “exchanging that energy with the crowd,” said Tajai, and that was proven as the audience reciprocated nothing but positive energy. When the group hit the stage, their presence commands attention. They are able to paint an image not only with their words, but with their body language. Their signature energetic and animated movements allowed for the audience to be rocking with them all night.

During their performance, they brought back classics like, “Batting Practice,” “Live and Let Live,” “A Name I Call Myself,” “Never No More,” “Desseshowedo,” and “What A Way to Go Out.” For all the day-one fans, they performed a song from their demo tape, a super old school record called, “Cab Fare.”

“We don’t bring nothing but positivity,” said Opio as the audience screamed for joy. Souls of Mischief are able to give back to their audience something that adults have been searching for years: youth. The adults in attendance went through a feeling of nostalgia watching Souls of Mischief perform. They were jumping up and down, rapping along, throwing their hands in the air all because of what Souls of Mischief meant to them when they were younger.

They closed the show with their two most popular songs “93 til Infinity” and “Ya Don’t Stop.” This brought a new wave of excitement in the crowd. Before signing off, Souls of Mischief requested their fans to put up the peace sign and on the count of three scream “Peace!” as a sign of unity.

Souls of Mischief were able to bring out the youthful souls of their audience by reminding them of a style of hip-hop that could never be duplicated. —Raven Irabor