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Jon Owens (born December 19, 1975), known by his stage name Casual, is an American rapper from Oakland, California and one of the founding members of the alternative hip hop collective Hieroglyphics. After his debut album Fear Itself garnered both critical and commercial success, Casual went on to become one of the most prominent and recognizable faces on the Hieroglyphics roster, releasing five full-length LPs over the span of his twenty-year career. Despite the lackluster sales of the LPs following his debut, which were preceded by an absence of both critical and popular acclaim, Owens has garnered a following amongst devoted hip hop fans, particularly in the Bay Area hip hop scene, largely due to his specialization in hardcore battle rhymes.

Casual ‎– "That's How It Is"
Jive ‎– 01241-42130-1
Vinyl, 12"
Hip Hop

A1 That's How It Is (LP Version) 3:07
A2 That's How It Is (Disseshowedo Mix)
Remix – Casual
B1 That's How It Is (A Cappella) 2:40
B2 Thoughts Of The Thoughtful (LP Version)
Producer – Domino (3)
B3 That's How It Is (LP Instrumental) 3:07
Producer – Del Tha Funkee Homosapien (tracks: A1, A2, B3)

"Fear Itself"

Studio album by Casual
Released February 1, 1994
Recorded July 1992 - February 1993
Genre Hip hop, West Coast hip hop
Length 49:21
Label Jive
Producer Casual, Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Domino, Jay Biz
Casual chronology
Fear Itself
(1994) Meanwhile...
Singles from Fear Itself
"That's How It Is"
Released: August 6, 1993
"I Didn't Mean To"
Released: January 17, 1994
Released: May 2, 1994
"Fear Itself" is the debut studio album from American hip hop artist Casual, released February 1, 1994 on Jive Records.

The album peaked at number 108 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Contents [show]
Release and reception[edit]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Chris Witt of Allmusic commended Casual for his lyrical abilities, noting how the MC "produces an unending and seemingly unstoppable flow of boasts and taunts," and also remarking that "the simplicity of his message belies the complexity of his vicious wordplay."[1]

Track listing[edit]
All music by J. Owens and D. Siguenza except where noted.

No. Title Music Sample(s)[2] Length
1. "Intro"
"The Breakdown Pt. I & II" by Rufus Thomas
"Shining Symbol" by Roy Ayers Ubiquity
2. "You Flunked" Owens
"Cold Duck Time" by Eddie Harris & Les McCann
3. "Me-O-Mi-O"
"Big Sur Suite" by Johnny "Hammond" Smith
"Rural Still Life #26" by Tom Scott
4. "Get Off It" Owens
"Fire & Rain" by Philip Upchurch
"Mr. Clean" by Freddie Hubbard
"Straight Life" by Freddie Hubbard
5. "That's How It Is" Jones, Owens 2:57
6. "That Bulls**t" (feat. Saafir) Owens 1:46
7. "Follow the Funk"
"Hard Times" by Curtis Mayfield
"River's Invitation" by Freddie Robinson
8. "Who's It On" (feat. Del tha Funkee Homosapien and Pep Love) Jones, Owens, Peacock, Siguenza
"Tragic Magic" by Nathan Davis
9. "I Didn't Mean To" Owens
"Blowin' with the Wind" by Kool & the Gang
10. "We Got It Like That" 3:11
11. "A Little Something" (feat. Del tha Funkee Homosapien) Jones, Owens 1:21
12. "This Is How We Rip S**t" Owens, Suarez 3:36
13. "Lose in the End"
"Believe It or Not (Kojak Theme)" by Black Heat
"Chicken Heads" by Black Heat
14. "Thoughts of the Thoughtful"
"Brawling Broads" by Roy Ayers Ubiquity
"Celestial Blues" by Gary Bartz
15. "Chained Minds" Owens 3:05
16. "Be Thousand" 2:58
Chart history[edit]
Chart (1994)[3] Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 108
U.S. R&B Albums 22
Year Single Peak chart positions[4]
U.S. Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales U.S. Hot Rap Singles
1993 "That's How It Is" — 22
1994 "I Didn't Mean To" 29 34
"Me-O-Mi-O" 50 —
Information taken from Allmusic.[5]

engineering – Matt Kelley
mastering – Tom Coyne
mixing – Casual, Chris Trevett
photography – Michael Lucero
production – Casual, Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Domino, Jay Biz
scratching – Touré
vocals – A+, Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Extra Prolific, Pep Love, Phesto, Souls of Mischief, Tajai