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  • Audio CD (21 Dec. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Clear Label Records
  • ASIN: B002VEEQYO
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 319,707 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

Pitching respected underground artists at doomsayers currently contemplating hip hop’s imminent demise would somewhat fudge the point that rap’s pop chart-troubling incarnation is slowly strangulating the genre.

Yet veteran Oakland group Souls of Mischief’s comeback album, almost a decade since their last, proffers up a plethora of arguments countering and concurring with the original argument. And that’s without examining the titular connotations of naming a re-up record after, it seems, traveller’s diarrhoea.

The chief conundrum is a stylistic one. Birthed from the same fertile 1990s American ‘alternative’ hip hop scene that unleashed De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest, as with many of their contemporaries the basic SoM template has remained effectively unchanged.

Still, reconvening was a logical step: their individual solo careers hardly went inter-stellar during the interim, despite garnering cult acclaim as part of expansive west coast crew Hieroglyphics, alongside Gorillaz collaborator Del tha Funkee Homosapien. In one breath, SoM – MCs A-Plus, Opio, Phesto and Tajai, joined for the entire returning journey by De La Soul/Handsome Boy Modeling School production king Prince Paul – kick against everything their supposedly artistically barren cousins represent.

Simultaneously, little on Montezuma’s Revenge possesses the mind-blowing futuristic impact to suggest they couldn’t have comfortably conceived the album pre-hiatus. Nobody can dispute that the foursome display seasoned verbal skills throughout, but sadly that focus rarely elevates the actual songs above workmanlike, Prince Paul’s imaginative contributions outshining the mouthpieces on Proper Aim, Fourmation and various others.

SoM even appear to poke fun at the position they find themselves in via skit Mr Freeman, among a handful of between-track filler nodding to Prince Paul’s predilection for such diversions. “Stop doing that old school s***, son,” advises a Morgan Freeman impersonator. “You need to let it go.”

Credit where it’s due, though: Montezuma’s Revenge confirms that SoM’s 1993 debut album, 93 ’Til Infinity, was no empty statement. This is hip hop for those who like beats that boom-bap, lyrics that run deep, and a general nostalgia-bleeding vibe that sticks fingers in ears and pretends that the past two decades never occurred. --Adam Kennedy

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This was pretty dull and far from what I expected from a Prince Paul/ S.O.M collaboration. It's a solid product from beginning to end, but it lacks the great tracks and high energy that I needed from these guys. Unfortunately this comes pretty far down on the list of must-buy cd's when 2009 is summed up.
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Simply put - a great album produced by Prince Paul. You might have to wait a few years for them to come along but it's a classic. "Tour Stories" is sublime.
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Great album once again from the Souls crew!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x99891464) out of 5 stars 15 reviews
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9964df54) out of 5 stars Best Hip-hop album released post 2000 7 Dec. 2009
By Timothy Price - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Souls of Mischief have just released their first album in over 9 years entitled "Montezuma's Revenge." The album was produced by the legendary Prince Paul behind hip-hop classics from De La Soul, Gravediggaz, Stetsasonic and Handsome Boy Modelling School. Souls of Mischief stormed onto the rap scene when they were just 17 years old releasing hip-hop classics like 93 til infinity. That track is still much loved and their first album is considered one of the best hip-hop albums ever released. They followed it up with the much maligned "No Man's Land." This album remains one of the most underrated rap albums ever released. The sound was in stark contrast to their first album but the lyrics and flows were still unparalleled for the time. Souls of Mischief were always way ahead of their time. They were dropping cadences, styles and multi-syllabic flows that the rap industry is just catching on to now almost 15 years later. Their third album "Trilogy" was in much the same vein as their first 2, sticking to the tried and true formula of ridiculous lyrics over crazy beats.

Montezuma's Revenge is a new era for the Souls. They are all older, a bit more mature, and yet with this album they've retained that timeless `93 style hip-hop sound. Much credit has to go to Prince Paul for getting the very best out of Souls. Prince Paul knows how to make an album. In this age of Itunes and people only downloading tracks they like, "the album" is almost dead. Prince Paul has created something that is complete and is best consumed as such. The entire album flows from beginning to end and it covers so many styles.

I don't think you will ever find a better rap group than Souls of Mischief. They are a unified force, they come together as one and smack you over the head with those ridiculous flows and lyrical gymnastics. It is not simply a track with 4 rappers each dropping a verse. They combine together as duos or together as a foursome like in "Fourmation" dropping one line each. They follow on from each others rhymes, they drop in and out like tag team specialists.

What is special about this album is that it isn't just the tried and true hiero formula of non stop battle lyrics. They have created great songs here. "For Real Y'all" is just a driving bassline with Opio hitting the chorus over and over again. It just bumps. The hooks are also back on track. On Trilogy they become unnecessarily long and unwieldy. Things are kept simple here, Prince Paul using samples in "La La" or a simple "Tour stories, true stories" in Tour Stories. It often work's best and its why 93 til infinity still sounds good today. Think of "Never No More" as the blueprint. The topics are still varied from crazy women in "Postal," leaving women in "Lickety Split," and storytelling tracks like "You got it" and "Dead Man Walking." This combined with the signature hiero bangers like "Hiero HQ," "One," and "Poets." It's finished off withe summer BBQ track "Home Game," which really deserves a single and a music video to be released in summer 2010. That would surely help blow up the album. The track has a great feel reminiscent of other hiero hits like "You Never Knew" and "93 til Infinity."

I think what Souls of Mischief does is create albums that you can listen to over and over again. Don't listen to some reviewer who's played it a couple of times amongst 20 albums he is reviewing and given it 3 and a half stars. This album is a classic that you can listen to over and over again and till you can recite every verse. The beats are incredible, the flows and rhymes on point and the vibe an era of hip-hop in 93/94 that has never been matched. Prince Paul has always got the sound of the tracks right. Everything is not crisp and clear, he's intentionally made it sound like something from the early 90s.

Take "Proper Aim." Surely one of the greatest Souls of Mischief's tracks ever. A thick double bass line comes roaring in. Vinyl crackles, kicks and snares and the Souls hit you with that trademark flow. It really gets no better and is a great example of the quality of the album.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9964dfa8) out of 5 stars OLD SCHOOL WITH NEW SKOO TWIST 24 Jan. 2010
By Push - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
93 til' infinity was one of my favorite tracks of all time. Now i've got a few more favorites!!!!!
Song titles - "One" and "Tour Stories" are both wicked tracks. But Fourmation is sick beat beautifully mastered that I just can't stop listening to!! Jeez man, this album is great. I missed these guys for soo long. Ah, and one last track to note.. "For Real Y'all"... That's the track I want to hear before a fight or a nasty football game!! Get you PUMPED .. lol

I haven't bought a hip hop album in few years.. these dudes torched the mic! they always do.. best music purchase i've made in a while..lol
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9964f3fc) out of 5 stars Lyrically 5 Stars! 10 Jan. 2010
By Jarry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'll be the first one to admit that I'm rather picky when it comes to the "music" aspect of hip hop, so I'm not going to say anything about the production on this CD. My rating is based solely on what I think of the flows. I want to say that these cats have come a long way, but at the same time I don't want to give the impression that they weren't nice back in the '93 til Infinity' days. They were. However, personally I couldn't get into 'No Man's Land' or even 'Third Eye Vision'(the first Hiero release) too much. In particular, 'No Man's Land' seemed a bit flat to me. But looking back I guess these were necessary parts of the process, especially when I think about how much they all have improved lyrically over the past decade and now in this new release.

Simply put, as of today, I think that flow-wise Souls may be the strongest hip hop group I've ever heard, and I've been listening to hip hop since the beginning. I mean, for those who thought Hieroglyphics was just Del, Pep and Opio (and maybe Casual), I think you've been sleeping on Tajai(who for me was the only one who showed up on 'No Man's Land'), A+ and Phesto. They are all lyrically on point on this album, and it's all still in that cheeky, fresh Cali style that has always characterized them. You should definitely check it out.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9964f7c8) out of 5 stars Simply Awesome 23 Dec. 2009
By J. Chaleunsouk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The newest album from the fantastic four hailing from Oakland, Ca is what hip hop needed. You can listen to this album from the beginning till end.
HASH(0x9964f8ac) out of 5 stars I LOVE THIS GROUP AGAIN 15 Mar. 2010
By true story - Published on Amazon.com
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I WAS 15 WHEN 93 UNTIL CAME OUT I WAS ONE OF THE FEW BKLYN DUDES BUMPING THAT ALBUM AND WAS IN LOVED, NOW 18 YRS LATER I FEEL LIKE A KID AGAIN AFTER NOT BEING ABLE TO GET INTO NO MANS LAND I GOT TO ADMIT THAT I GAVE UP ON THE FOURSOME,,BUT TAKE MY WORD WHEN I SAY THIS ALBUM IS PURE DOPNESS...PRINCE PAUL ON THE BEAT THESE KATS RIP IT ..A NUST BUY FOR ANY TRU HIP HOP FAN
FAV TRACK TOUR STORIES ,LALALA WONI,PROPER AIM
BIG UP PRINCE PAUL MIGHT BE HIS BEST WK SINCE 3 FT HIGH AND RISING
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