"Dial the seven digits. Call up Bridget/ Her man's a midget. Plus she got friends, yo, I can dig it..." It was 19 years ago when Tajai, Opio, Phesto, and A-Plus first upped us on how they just chill, roaming the strip for bones to pick, attackin' with the smoothness. "93 'til Infinity" still stand ... More >>
Oakland's Hieroglyphics crew and Parish Entertainment Group have organized Hiero Day, a new, free block party in Oakland on Sept. 3, with live performances from Hieroglyphics, Blackalicious, Planet Asia, Equipto, Z Man, and Moe Green, and DJ sets from Honor Roll, Kev Choice Ensemble, and DJ D Sharp. ... More >>
Rest assured, attending any of these S.F. parties held on the marijuana smoker's unofficial holiday of April 20 should result in a world-class contact high -- not to mention beats worthy of holding a limited attention span. There are no seeds or stems in the bunch. But in order to wager on which gre ... More >>
Los Angeles rocker Hanni El Khatib comes off like a badass. Car crashes adorn his release covers, his songs are inspired by '50s blues and '60s garage, and in at least one tune ("You Rascal You," a cover), the song's narrator stalks an adulterer with murderous intent. Khatib's image -- that of a my ... More >>
"Souls of Mischief brought me in initially to replace a sample that was going to cost them too much to clear!" So says San Francisco-born trumpeter Bill Ortiz with a laugh as he recalls his contribution to the Bay Area rap quartet's cherished debut album '93 'Til Infinity. Ortiz's playing can be hea ... More >>
Slimkid3 shows off his solo work during the Pharcyde's set at Yoshi's.The Pharcyde Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011 Yoshi's SF Better than: Letting life pass by. The early music of the Pharcyde offers an almost idyllic snapshot of the early-'90s hip-hop scene in Southern California. The group's care ... More >>
Coachella 2012 is still more than four months away -- so naturally, it's time to start hyperventilating over rumored lineups for the first year the festival will stretch over two weekends. One "leaked" lineup appeared last week on StarzUncut, a celebrity gossip website with more than 58,000 Twitter ... More >>
During its 10-year run, the Distortion 2 Static hip-hop TV show graduated from profiling local upcoming artists to chatting it up with rap superstars. Started by Prince Aries, Ariel Nuñez and DJ Haylow, the show signed off on its broadcast run back in September; a farewell shindig will be going dow ... More >>
A-PlusAs part of the mighty Souls of Mischief crew, A-Plus ushered in a new style of Bay Area rap with the group's breezy and effortless "'93 'Til Infinity" anthem. Also a mainstay in the Hieroglyphics movement, the rapper and producer has been involved with releases from Del, Pep Love, and C ... More >>
The music makes about as much sense as the cover art. Maybe there was something in his blunt. Otherwise, what the hell was A-Plus thinking? The Oakland rapper -- a member of the celebrated alternative hip-hop crews Souls of Mischief and Hieroglyphics -- just went and dropped a tribute EP cal ... More >>
Roach Gigz wants to get out from behind the Bay Area fence.For whatever reason, Bay Area hip-hop is an insular beast that often fails to escape its Northern California birthplace. Sure, we have artists like E-40 and the Souls of Mischief that made it into the national spotlight ever so briefly, a ... More >>
Sometimes it's nice to see musicians focus on doing one thing well, instead of trying to do everything well. So we happily can forgive the basic production of this black-and-white video, as well as the track's lack of song-ness. This isn't really a song, afterall -- it's Nio Tha Gift and Souls of ... More >>
From SF Weekly's latest print music section:In Defense of Weezer: Weezer reissued 1996's Pinkerton this month, and the glowing reviews -- including a Pitchfork 10.0 -- explain why. The accepted critical narrative on the band goes like this: Weezer made two classic albums in the '90s, one i ... More >>
League510's high-energy, synth-fueled hip-hop.
Souls of MischiefLeft Fest w/ Souls of Mischief @ MezzanineOakland rap quartet Souls of Mischief is most fondly remembered for a 1993 hit. Prince Paul is a legendary oddball production Svengali from Long Island who also goes by the aliases Chest Rockwell and Filthy Pablo. The idea of holing them ... More >>
Steve LopezMontezuma's Revenge Cover Art Legendary Oakland hip-hop group Souls of Mischief yesterday announced the forthcoming release of their new album, Montezuma's Revenge. Produced by the equally-legendary Prince Paul (De La Soul, Gravediggaz, Handsome Boy Modeling School), the album fea ... More >>
Three of a Kind: Triple Threat DJs When it comes to local legendary hip-hop DJs, few have the pedigree of the boys from Triple Threat. Apollo aka P-Lo is an original Invisible Skratch Pickl who was also Souls of Mischief's DJ on the '93 til Infinity tour. Shortkut is both a Beat Junkie and a Sk ... More >>
DJ Centipede claims the distinct honor of having really brought down the dance floor. Literally. As the dude tells it, he was DJing a party in Oakland a decade back and the entire floor collapsed from people bouncing on it. Talk about dropping some bass.You can catch Centipede on Tuesdays (when he's ... More >>
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