Fear Itself
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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 studio album by American Hip hop artist Casual, released in February 1, 1994 on Jive Records. Recording sessions mostly took place at Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco from July 1992 to February 1993. 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 listing[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]


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

You Flunked

  • "Cold Duck Time" by Les McCann and Eddie Harris
  • "1-900 L.L. Cool J" by LL Cool J
  • "Straight Life" by Freddie Hubbard
  • "It's My Turn" by Stezo
  • "Ode to Billie Joe" by Lou Donaldson


  • "Rural Still Life #26" by Tom Scott
  • "Big Sur Suite" by Johnny Hammond
  • "Hummin'" by The Cannonball Adderley Quintet
  • "Ode to Billie Joe" by Lou Donaldson

Get Off It

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

That's How It Is

  • "Don't Play That Song (You Lied)" by Ben E. King
  • "Born Under a Bad Sign" by Booker T. & the M.G.'s
  • "Put It 2 Music" and "Top Billin'" by Audio Two

That Bulls*#@

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

Follow the Funk

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

Who's It On

  • "Tragic Magic" by Nathan Davis
  • "Upon This Rock" by Joe Farrell
  • "Get Down" by Gene Russell

I Didn't Mean To

  • "Diamonds on My Windshield" by Tom Waits
  • "Son of Public Enemy (Flavor Whop Version)" by Public Enemy
  • "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

This is How We Rip S*#@

  • "Stone Junkie (Live)" by Curtis Mayfield

Lose in the End

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

Thoughts of the Thoughtful

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

Chained Minds

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