Fear Itself (Casual album)

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Fear Itself
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Studio album by Casual
Released February 1, 1994
Recorded July 1992 - February 1993
Genre Hip hop
Length 49:21
Label Jive
Producer Casual, Del the Funky Homosapien, Domino, Jay Biz
Casual chronology
Fear Itself
(1994)
Meanwhile...
(1997)
Singles from Fear Itself
  1. "That's How It Is"
    Released: August 6, 1993
  2. "I Didn't Mean To"
    Released: January 17, 1994
  3. "Me-O-Mi-O"
    Released: May 2, 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Vibe (favorable)[2]

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.[3]

Reception[edit]

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] Cbeo H. Coker of Vibe said, "Casual's braggadocious, rip-roaring flow is fortified by upright bass lines, serpentine jazz/funk horns, and thunderous drum kicks."[2]

In 2008, it was listed by Vibe as one of the 24 Lost Rap Classics.[4]

Track listing[edit]

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

Chart history[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1994)[3] Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 108
U.S. R&B Albums 22

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions[3]
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

Personnel[edit]

Information taken from AllMusic.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Witt, Chris. "Casual - Fear Itself - Review". Allmusic. Retrieved April 11, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Coker, Cbeo H. (March 1994). "Casual: Fear Itself (Jive)". Vibe: 118. 
  3. ^ a b c "Casual - Fear Itself - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved April 11, 2015. 
  4. ^ C., J. (August 2008). "Casual - Fear Itself (Jive, 1994)". Vibe: 74. 
  5. ^ "Casual - Fear Itself - Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved April 11, 2015. 

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