Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Thursday, January 28, 2010

What To Do? Thursday's Pick: Left Fest w/ Souls of Mischief

Posted By on Thu, Jan 28, 2010 at 7:00 AM

Souls of Mischief
  • Souls of Mischief
Left Fest w/ Souls of Mischief @ Mezzanine

Oakland 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 up together in a rented house on Montezuma Street in Marin County for a month sounds like a particularly wretched reality TV premise. But for the Souls, the scenario was a way to channel its energy into the most potent music they have made since breaking onto the national stage with "93 Til Infinity." It's an outcome the crew achieved by conceding a chunk of creative control to Prince Paul, whose quirky vision helped craft De La Soul's first three albums. He acted as executive producer on Montezuma's Revenge, Souls' fifth album, which was released in December to a favorable response from critics and bloggers.

With ego dominating rap music, it's rare to find hip-hop artists willing to submit to the guidance and criticism of an outsider. This is despite the rich history of classic albums being crafted under the counsel of a singular hand. In the '80s, Marley Marl conjured up a magical run of cornerstone East Coast rap projects for Juice Crew members MC Shan, Big Daddy Kane, and Roxanne Shante. Whether masterminding the rise of N.W.A., Snoop Dogg, Eminem, or 50 Cent, Dr. Dre is a proven master at controlling the destiny of others. On the flip side, the usually critically unimpeachable the Clipse caught its first middling reviews for Til the Casket Drops, the duo's only album not exclusively produced by the Neptunes. It's to Souls' credit, then, that, despite being Bay Area recording veterans, they were humble enough to recognize the benefits of embracing the Prince Paul regime.

Souls of Mischief perform tonight as part of Left Fest at Mezzanine. ($15, 9 p.m.)

To read more on Souls' work with Prince Paul, click here.

For more Thursday entertainment options, check out our calendar recommendations.

  • Pin It

Tags: , ,

About The Author

Phillip Mlynar


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"