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.