Fear Itself
Fear Itself
Studio album by Casual


1 February 1994


July 1992 - February 1993


Hyde Street Studios
(San Francisco, CA)


Hip hop, West Coast hip hop, Alternative hip hop






Casual, Del, Domino, Jay-Biz

Casual chronology


Meanwhile... (1997)

Fear Itself is the debut album by American hip hop artist Casual, released in 1994 on Jive Records. After high profile appearances on albums by fellow Hieroglyphics members Del the Funky Homosapien and Souls of Mischief, Casual's debut album was released during a time when Hieroglyphics was releasing both critically and commercially successful album. Fear Itself is produced entirely by Hieroglyphics members Casual, Del, Domino and Jay-Biz

The album peaked at #108 on the Billboard 200, and #22 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. Despite the album receiving critical acclaim and moderate sales, Casual was dropped from Jive Records alongside Souls of Mischief. Casual's subsequent albums have received lackluster sales and an absence of positive reviews.

Track listingEdit

No. TItle Performer(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Time
1. "Intro" Casual Owens, Siguenza Domino 1:42
2. "You Flunked" Casual Owens Casual 3:14
3. "Me-O-Mi-O" Casual Owens, Siguenza Domino 4:06
4. "Get Off It" Casual Owens Casual 3:14
5. "That's How It Is" Casual Jones, Owens Del 2:57
6. "That Bullshit" Saafir Owens Casual 1:46
7. "Follow the Funk" Casual Owens, Siguenza Domino 3:55
8. "Who's It On" Casual, Pep Love, Del the Funky Homosapien Jones, Owens, Peacock, Siguenza Domino 3:56
9. "I Didn't Mean To" Casual Owens Casual 3:39
10. "We Got It Like That" Casual Owens, Siguenza Domino 3:11
11. "A Little Something" Casual, Del the Funky Homosapien Jones, Owens Casual 1:21
12. "This Is How We Rip Shit" Casual Owens, Suarez Jay-Biz 3:36
13. "Lose in the End" Casual Owens, Siguenza Domino 3:45
14. "Thoughts of the Thoughtful" Casual Owens, Siguenza Domino 2:56
15. "Chained Minds" Casual Owens Casual 3:05
16. "Be Thousand" Casual Owens, Siguenza Domino 2:58


  • Track 1 features additional vocals performed by A-Plus.
  • Track 2 features scratches performed by Touré.
  • Track 4 features scratches performed by Touré.
  • Track 5 features scratches performed by Touré.
  • Track 6 features additional vocals performed by Pep Love.
  • Track 12 features additional vocals performed by Extra Prolific and A-Plus.
  • Track 15 features additional vocals performed by Phesto.
  • Track 16 features additional vocals performed by Tajai and Extra Prolific.

Samples Edit


  • "Shining Symbol" by Roy Ayers Ubiquity
  • "Hunk O' Funk" by Brother Jack McDuff

You Flunked

  • "Cold Duck Time" by Eddie Harris and Les McCann
  • "Straight Life" by Freddie Hubbard
  • "1-900 L.L. Cool J" by LL Cool J


  • "Rural Still Life #26" by Tom Scott
  • "Big Sur Suite" by Johnny Hammond

Get Off It

  • "Mr. Clean" by Freddie Hubbard
  • "Fire and Rain" by Phil Upchurch

That's How It Is

  • "Top Billin'" by Audio Two
  • "Don't Play That Song (You Lied)" by Ben E. King
  • "Born Under a Bad Sign" by Booker T. & the M.G.'s

That Bulls*#@

  • "I'm Glad You're Mine" by Al Green
  • "Prelude to Afternoon of a Faun" by Deodato

Follow the Funk

  • "Hard Times" by Curtis Mayfield
  • "River's Invitation" by Freddie Robinson
  • "Give Me Some of Good Old Love" by Willie Hutch

Who's It On

  • "Upon This Rock" by Joe Farrell
  • "Tragic Magic" by Nathan Davis

I Didn't Mean To

  • "Diamonds on My Windshield" by Tom Waits
  • "Blowin' With the Wind" by Kool & the Gang

We Got It Like That

  • "Mud Wind" by Southside Movement
  • "Fire Eater (Album Version)" by Rusty Bryant

A Little Something

  • "Playin' in the Yard" by Sonny Rollins

Lose in the End

  • "Buzzard Feathers" by Compost
  • "Kojak" by John Gregory and His Orchestra
  • "Chicken Heads" by Black Heat

Thoughts of the Thoughtful

  • "The Team" by Joe Hicks
  • "Celestial Blues" by Gary Bartz
  • "Brawling Broads" by Roy Ayers

Chained Minds

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