BY N. ALI EARLY • DECEMBER 4, 2018
A few years before there Mistah F.A.B. burst onto the scene, it was Casual who turned a Bay Area reputation for battling into a successful music career that has lasted ever since. “Smash Rockwell” continues to put in work with his Hieroglyphics crew, as Fear Itself approaches its 25th anniversary.
The self-proclaimed “People’s Champ” out of East Oakland has a re-installment of two gems from the earliest part of his run. “Fear No Evil” and another Funk-drenched Domino mix of “Me-O-Mi-O ” are both part of an EP – Demo Sessions – soon to be delivered by Dope Folks Records. Casual has never been one to short his listening public with bubble-gum lyrics or syrupy rhyme patterns. Fittingly, these two gifts arrive in the holiday season, and remind us how skilled young Jonathan Owens was at the time he made a career out of Rap.