MP3: Souls of Mischief – “All You Got Is Your Word”
Souls of Mischief Release B-side to 7″ Single, “All You Got Is Your Word” From Forthcoming Concept Album, There Is Only Now
Souls of Mischief (A-Plus, Opio, Phesto, and Tajai) are releasing the B-side to the 7″ single from their highly anticipated forthcoming concept-album, There is Only Now. The title track A-side features rapper Snoop Dogg trading verses with the legendary hip-hop group for the first time and was accompanied by a video that premiered at Billboard earlier this month. The full album, There Is Only Now will be released on August 26th, 2014 and is available for pre-order here.
The track “All You Got Is Your Word” falls in the first half of the storyline of the concept album. Set in 1994, There Is Only Now reads like a audio-only blaxploitation film with drama, suspense, and plot twists involving strong character roles played by Busta Rhymes, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Snoop Dogg, William Hart of The Delfonics, Scarub from Living Legends, and all four members of Souls of Mischief, who play themselves. The plot of the entire album is based on a violent near-death experience the Souls of Mischief actually encountered in San Francisco in 1994. “All You Got Is Your Word” comes into play during a significant part of the plot which involves a kidnapping of a Souls member and takes place during a flashback to a show they did at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC. The message of the song is simple: Regardless of your successes, failures, trials and tribulations, all you have is your word. “So make it something you can stand behind,” explains Tajai.
There Is Only Now will be released August 26, 2014. The album is produced entirely by multi-instrumentalist and renowned producer/composer, Adrian Younge and will serve as the inaugural release for his newly launched label, Linear Labs.
The album is available for pre-order in several formats: CD, digitally, double-LP, and cassette tape. All formats, including the 7″ vinyl that features the title track on the A-side and “All You Got Is You Word” on the B-side are available here: http://linearlabsmusic.com/store.php
Listen to “All You Got is Your Word”: https://soundcloud.com/linearlabs/07-all-you-got-is-your-word
iTunes pre-order link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/id890335149
“There Is Only Now” (ft. Snoop Dogg) b/w “All You Got Is Your Word” 7″: http://www.linearlabsmusic.com/album.php?id=17270
Souls of Mischief Background:
Starting with their landmark debut ’93 ‘til Infinity, Oakland’s four-person rap group Souls of Mischief has blazed the trail for hip hop’s evolution. Members Tajai, A-Plus, Phesto, and Opio have left their mark sonically, lyrically, and stylistically on Kanye West, Just Blaze, Big Sean, Big K.R.I.T., P. Diddy, Vampire Weekend, John Mayer, and many more who have cited them as cultural icons and influencers. Souls is also credited as having pioneered the independent label movement when they started Hieroglyphic Imperium Records in 1997 following their departure with JIVE Records, creating the infrastructure blueprint for other successful independent hip hop labels. Co-founders of the Hiero label also include emcees Del Tha Funky Homosapien, Casual, Pep Love, and producer Domino. Souls’ also forged hip-hop’s relationship with the skate, surf, and snowboard communities after iconic skate brands included their music in their VHS videotapes in the mid-90’s. The group’s creative output and legacy as a whole continues to thrive, and they show no sign of stopping. In 2013, Souls celebrated the 20 year anniversary of ’93 til Infinity, prepped a documentary film, embarked on a 50-city “Still Infinity Tour,” and released a joint 20th anniversary limited edition tee shirt capsule collection with Ecko Unlimited. They are now prepping for the August 26th release of their sixth studio album, There Is Only Now, a cinematic collaborative effort with renowned producer Adrian Younge on Adrian’s newly launched Linear Labs record label.
“All You Got is Your Word”: https://soundcloud.com/linearlabs/07-all-you-got-is-your-word
Watch “There Is Only Now” feat. Snoop Dogg & Ali Shaheed Muhammed: http://youtu.be/4jLqfrBrDTw
Bio, pictures & streams available here: http://www.audibletreats.com/souls-of-mischief
Linear Labs store featuring all seven formats of the album: http://linearlabsmusic.com/store.php