Tajai and the mighty Souls of Mischief storm Vancouver tonight at the Fortune Sound Club. The Chinatown venue has a Funktion-One soundsystem. This means the prodigal freestyles, battles and classics are sure to sound dope.
SOM represent east Oakland, California, where they were born and raised; where headman Tajai met A-Plus in elementary school and sick rhymes ensued. Phesto joined the crew in middle school and the group informally formed in high school.
These guys are no fools and are certainly not suckers. There is a rare authenticity in their flow, and their unisons, tradeoffs and beats are all pro.
Mind you, Souls aren't for the weak of heart. You need to be able to understand the context of their words of wisdom before writing them off.
According to Tajai's verbal intro in '93 'til Infinity' the title track of the 1993 album, "sometimes it gets a little hectic out there," in east Oakland.
Taken from Wikipedia:
"Oakland's crime rate began to escalate during the late 1960s, and by the end of the 1970s Oakland's per capita murder rate had risen to twice that of San Francisco or New York City. Crime continued to escalate during the 1980s, and during the 1990s and 2000s Oakland has consistently been listed as one of the most dangerous large cities in the United States. Today crime remains one of Oakland's most serious challenges, and Oakland continues to have a reputation among its own citizens, its police force, and residents of other Bay Area cities as a dangerous place, with one of the top five highest rates of violent crime in the US.
A record number of 175 homicides were committed in Oakland in 1992. In 1993, Oakland's murder rate was 40.8 per 100,000; the 13th worst ranking for US cities with population over 100,000."
In other words, these guys survived some hellish streets.
Tonight, Fortune Club is going to be the source of some premium sound.
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