There are very few albums across any genre that stand the test of time better than 93 'Til Infinity, the classic debut record from Hieroglyphics crew's very own Souls of Mischief. In an era where gangsta rap and G-funk dominated the West Coast Rap scene, Souls broke ground on a completely unique and thoroughly west coast sound. While the Dr. Dre's and Snoop Doggs were garnering much of the mainstream attention, Souls were quietly forging a charismatic, critically acclaimed, and cohesively shaped record that when categorized, sounded much closer to A Tribe Called Quest than N.W.A.
The sound of their debut is characteristic of the distinct style explored by the collective, including a rhyme scheme based on internal rhyme and beats centered around a live bass and obscure jazz and funk samples. 93 'Til Infinity was propelled by its title track and lead single, which reached #32 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also featured the standout singles "That's When Ya Lost" and "Never No More." Considered by many to be a text book 'slept-on' classic rap record, 93 'Til Infinity has only grown better with age. The album simply defines the Hiero golden age with a sound that would later be fine tuned with strong releases from MCs Del The Funkee Homosapien, Casual and Pep Love.
It takes some serious bravado to name your album 93 'Til Infinity, but certainly the goal of creating a hip hop 'classic' must have been on the collective minds of the group members A-Plus, Tajai, Opio, and Phesto when recording this landmark album. It's true, even 20 plus years after the album's original release many people are still discovering it, and it continues to deliver beyond infinity!