Directed by Oakland filmmaker/life-long Souls of Mischief fan Shomari Smith, Til Infinity celebrates the 20-year anniversary of ’93 Til Infinity, offering a retrospective look at the famed project with commentary from hip-hop notables such as A Tribe Called Quest‘s Phife Dawg, Dilated People‘s Rakaa Iriscience, Talib Kweli, Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), Robert Bobbito Garcia, award-winning writer Thembisa S. Mshaka, Snoop Lion (Snoop Dogg), A&R rep Dante Ross, radio and television icon DJ Sway, and more. Til Infinity shows Souls of Mischief in a way never seen before, with the members discussing their early creative process and sharing personal stories about each track on the album, as well as the decision to go independent as one of the only hip-hop groups to walk away from a major record label while owning their publishing rights.
Also showing with our shorts/experimental films, we transport you to 1994 when Oakland Emcees, Casual of the Hieroglyphics Crew, and Saafir of the Hobo Junction were involved in a high-profile rap battle. The Battle happened live on Bay Area’s KMEL Wake Up Show with hosts Sway Calloway & King Tech. It is regarded as one of the most unique and influential battles in Hip-Hop history. Casual, Saafir, Sway, DJ Kevvy Kev, and Adisa Banjoko revisit the events of the battle in this short film.
Q&A with Director Shomari Smith