♣ “This is How We Chill…” ♣
DETROIT (JSC) — First and foremost, I promise you all that next week, I’ll be back to more than just Thursday bloggin’. Been kinda weird the last few weeks but I’ll be back at it next week. Guaranteed. Now on to this week’s #TBTonJSC. In the last few weeks I’ve had the privilege of mentoring a young lady who is about to graduate from high school. It was all fine and dandy until I got to thinking about a couple of things. This girl recently turned 18 years old. No, I’m not out here pervin’ or anything like that. This girl turning 18 means that she was born in 1995! NINETEEN NINETY-FIVE!!!!!! I was just finishing up the 10th grade when she was born. Yikes! This got me to further start thinking about how this year marks the 20th anniversary of my arse starting high school. Dammit! I got old quick. And while in the past, I’ve talked about the last great year for Hip-Hop being 1996, my own personal favorite year for hip-hop was 1993. Meaning that most of my favorite hip-hop songs (hell, about 85 percent of them) came out two years before she was born. Oy. It is almost hard to believe that 1993 was 20 years ago. That year, needless to say, was one of the most turbulent and memorable of my then 13½ years of life. Of all the songs that came out that year, the one that is really stands out as indicative of that era was ’93 Til Infinity by Souls of Mischief. It’s one of my all-time favorite tracks for a multitude of reasons and it is this week’s #TBT special. Let’s Go.
The summer of 1993 was one of those times in everyone’s life when things just change. I was finishing the 8th grade at U of D Jesuit Academy. I knew in the fall I’d be headed to Renaissance High School. What happened that summer laid the groundwork for a bunch of changes in my life. I lost a close friend to a suicide in June. My mother was diagnosed with Cancer in July. I lost all focus on everything in my life. The shock of that six week period carried over into the first semester at RHS, where my grades paid the price. While I was into hip-hop for years prior to that summer, that was the first year that it REALLY connected with me.
Much like 1996, there were heaters dropped everywhere. There were new albums (not mixtapes, ALBUMS) from A Tribe Called Quest, Ice Cube, KRS-One, Brand Nubian, LL Cool J, Run-D.M.C., Digital Underground, 2Pac (Thug Life) and Queen Latifah. Plus there was a debut single from a little-known rapper from Brooklyn named The Notorious B.I.G., the debut solo album from Snoop Doggy Dogg, and the debut album of some rap group known as the Wu-Tang Clan. That was just scratching the surface. I was also going through the tail end of my West Coast rap phase were I was listening to the West by a 3 to 1 margin. I was especially fond of that Bay Area sound. So Digital Underground, E-40, Too Short, and Spice 1 got burn for days.
That brings us to ’93 Til Infinity. Souls of Mischief were members of the exceedingly dope (yet, strangely slept on) collective known as the Hieroglyphics. This group featured Ice Cube’s cousin, Del the Funkee Homosapien, and was brought to my attention when I kept hearing older cats saying that phrase around RHS during the school year. I finally heard the song in November of ’93 and I was immediately hooked. From the beat, to the rapid fire delivery, to one of my all-time favorite lines in a Hip-Hop track: “’93 til Infinity/Kill All That Wack Sh*t!” Hell, the other day, I’m in my car and it came on SiriusXM’s Backspin. I turned it up so high that the dude doing construction heard it and starting nodding his head (True Story). So, from a year that produced so much goodness, here’s a song that 20 years later still, as the kiddies would say, Goes Hard. I present to you, ’93 Til Infinity.
Have a great weekend, people. As Always: If you’re in Detroit or Chicago, PLEASE Stay Safe. Be sure to tell a friend about #JSC.