Casual

Casual

Biography

Jon Owens (born December 19, 1975), better known by his stage name Casual, is a hip-hop/rap artist from Oakland, California and one of the founding members of the alternative hip hop collective Hieroglyphics. After his debut album,Fear Itselfgarnered 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 twelve year career. Owens has garnered a following amongst devoted hip hop fans, particarularly in the Bay Area hip hop scene, largely due to his specialization in hardcore battle rhymes.

In 1994, Casual was involved in a high profile battle with rapperSaafir. The beef originally started when Saafir appeared on Casual's debut album, and did not appear on Saafir's. This ignited the infamous Hiero vs Hobo Junction battle, which involved some controversy when rumors surfaced that Saafir was using pre-written raps as opposed to Casual and Hieroglyphics expected freestyling. Despite this, it is regarded as an influential battle in underground hip-hop's history.

Casual has expressed, much like the rest of the Hieroglyphics crew the importance of competition in hip hop, stating "I think that MCing should be a competitive thing, almost like a sport. The only way an MC can keep polishing and sharpening his skills is to test them against the competition and the up and coming young bloods.".

Casual contributed considerably to both Hieroglyphics albums 3rd Eye Vision (1998) and Full Circle (2003), and is typically found rapping on as well as producing tracks on almost all Hieroglyphics-related releases. While staying mostly on the underground scene and not achieving significant commercial success aside from his debut, Casual is widely respected as an MC, even appearing on the artwork for A Tribe Called Quest's album Midnight Marauders.

Discography

Casual - Fear Itself

Casual - Fear Itself

Jive1994
Casual - Meanwhile...

Casual - Meanwhile...

Hiero Imperium1997
Casual - He Think He Raw

Casual - He Think He Raw

Hiero Imperium2001
Casual - Truck Driver

Casual - Truck Driver

Hiero Imperium2003
Casual - Smash Rockwell

Casual - Smash Rockwell

Hiero Imperium2005
Casual - The Hierophant

Casual - The Hierophant

Fat Boy Music Group2011
Casual & J. Rawls - Respect Game Or Expect Flames

Casual & J. Rawls - Respect Game Or Expect Flames

Nature Sounds2012
Casual - He Still Think He Raw

Casual - He Still Think He Raw

Hiero Imperium2012
Casual - Santa Claus

Casual - Santa Claus

Mystery School Audio2013

Guest Appearances

Souls Of Mischief - 93 'Til Infinity
  • Limitations

Souls Of Mischief - 93 'Til Infinity

Jive1993
  • No More Worries

Del The Funky Homosapien - No Need For Alarm

Elektra1993
  • Baby Bust It

Kurious - A Constipated Monkey

Columbia1994
Extra Prolific - Like It Should Be
  • Cash Money

Extra Prolific - Like It Should Be

Jive1994
Everlast - Whitey Ford Sings The Blues
  • Funky Beat

Everlast - Whitey Ford Sings The Blues

Tommy Boy Music1998
Souls Of Mischief - Focus
  • Big Shit

Souls Of Mischief - Focus

Hieroglyphics Imperium1998
Edo G - The Truth Hurts
  • Big Business

Edo G - The Truth Hurts

Ground Control Records2000
Ant Banks Presents T.W.D.Y. - Lead The Way
  • No Win Situation

Ant Banks Presents T.W.D.Y. - Lead The Way

Thump Records2000
Virtuoso - World War One
  • All We Know

Virtuoso - World War One: The Voice Of Reason

Omnipotent Records2001
Pep Love - Ascension
  • If You Can't Beat 'Em

Pep Love - Ascension

Hiero Imperium2001
  • X-Posed

DJ JS-One - Ground Original

Yosumi Records2002
Aceyalone - Love & Hate
  • Let Me Hear Sumn

Aceyalone - Love & Hate

Project Blowed Records2003
Rasco - Escape From Alcatraz
  • San Fran To The Town

Rasco - Escape From Alcatraz

Coup d'Etat2003
Pep Love & Jay-Biz - The Shamen
  • Feeling For The Flow

Pep Love & Jay-Biz - The Shamen

Hiero Imperium2003
DJ Versatyle - Speak On It
  • Blind Date

DJ Versatyle - Speak On It

Not On Label2003
MYG Aka Sinista Pushaman - Politick'n
  • Blunt $

MYG Aka Sinista Pushaman - Politick'n

Indamix Records2003
Tajai - Sleeping Giant
  • Big Business

Tajai - Sleeping Giant

Clear Label Records2003
The Delinquents - Town Business Part I
  • That's Gangsta

Delinquents - Town Business: Part I

Hieroglyphics Imperium2003
Goapele - Even Closer
  • The Daze

Goapele - Even Closer

Columbia2004
Tajai - Power Movement
  • Fashion Fetish

Tajai - Power Movement

Hiero Imperium2004
Equipto & Mike Marshall - K.I.M.
  • We Got The Yay, (Bakin' Soda 2)

Equipto & Mike Marshall - K.I.M.

Million Dollar Dream2004
Lyrics Born - Same !@#$, Different Day
  • Callin' Out (Remix)

Lyrics Born - Same !@#$, Different Day

Quannum Records2005
Tajai - Power Movement Remixes
  • Fashion Fetish (Remix)

Tajai - Power Movement Remixes

Hiero Imperium2005
Balance - Young And Restless
  • Look

Balance - Young & Restless

Ayinde Music2006
Deep Fried Funk Brothers - Out Of The Frying Pan Into The Fire
  • All Day

Deep Fried Funk Brothers - Out Of The Frying Pan Into The Fire

Gatz Go Round Records, SMC Recordings2006
Opio - Triangulation Station
  • Confederate Burning

Opio - Triangulation Station

Hiero Imperium2006
Swollen Members - Black Magic
  • Torture

Swollen Members - Black Magic

Battle Axe Records2006
Oakland City Hustla's - Leave Ya' Doors Open
  • We Them Niggas

Oakland City Hustla's - Leave Ya' Doors Open

O.C.H. Entertainment2006
Pismo - Within Transition
  • Just One Night

Pismo - Within Transition

Shou Records, Handcuts Records2006
Molemen - Killing Fields
  • Scarlet Letter

Molemen - Killing Fields

Molemen2006
V-White - Perfect Timin'
  • Oakland

V-White - Perfect Timin'

SMC Recordings2007
A Plus - My Last Good Deed
  • A Beautiful Thing

A Plus - My Last Good Deed

Hiero Imperium2007
  • Connect 4

Sean Price - Master P

Duck Down Records2007
Dilated Peoples - The Release Party
  • Hot And Cold (Remix)

Dilated Peoples - The Release Party

Decon2007
Knobody - Tha Clean Up
  • Champion

Knobody - Tha Clean Up

Hiero Imperium2007
Prince Ali - Curb Side Service
  • The Majors

Prince Ali - Curb Side Service

Hiero Imperium2007
Hochii - Bullets Through The Speaker
  • Block To Block

Hochii - Bullets Through The Speaker

Technicali Sound2007
Biaje - The Re-Construction
  • Boss Shit

Biaje - The Re-Construction

Black Inc.2008
  • Laughin At You

The Mighty Underdogs - Droppin' Science Fiction

Definite Jux Records2008
  • Mr. Malase

Mochipet - Microphonepet

Daly City Records2008
Xienhow - Evolution: The 7th Sign
  • A Giant In This

Xienhow - Evolution The 7th Sign

Livenfire Records2008
  • White Chaulk

JC - Jacob's Ladder

Clear Label Records2008
Jake One - White Van Music
  • Feelin' My Shit

Jake One - White Van Music

Rhymesayers Edutainment2008
  • Mr. Malaise & Friends

Concept & DJ Laloe Of HumanBeings - Blank Canvas

446 Musik2008
  • Block To Block

Egadz - You Got Beef In The Studio

Cursed Out Productions2008
Biaje - The-Reconstruction
  • Boss Shit

Biaje - The-Reconstruction

Money Tree Ent.2008
Edu Leedz - Mass Movementz
  • My Zone

Edu Leedz - Mass Movementz

Leedz Edutainment2009
Pro The Leader & Dopestyle - Hip Hop Depression
  • Money Off Rap

Pro The Leader & Dopestyle - Hip Hop Depression

Pro's Laboratory Records2010
Ide & Skavenger - Addicted To The Vision
  • My Soldiers

Ide & Skavenger - Addicted To The Vision

Creative Juices Music2010
DJ Twelvz - Forever Forward
  • 2012

DJ Twelvz - Forever Forward

Hungry Town Entertainment2011
J. Rawls - The Hip-Hop Affect
  • Find A New

J. Rawls - The Hip-Hop Affect

Greenstreets2011
Virtuoso - The Final Conflict
  • No Fear

Virtuoso - The Final Conflict

Big Bang Records2011
Lostribe - Sophie
  • Come Down

Lostribe - Sophie

CFO Recordings2011
V-White & The Politician - The Gas Station
  • Panda

V-White & The Politician - The Gas Station

SMC Recordings2011
Zion I & The Grouch - Heroes In The Healing Of The Nation
  • Plead The Fifth

Zion I & The Grouch - Heroes In The Healing Of The Nation

Z & G Music2011
White Mic - Fightin Off Success
  • Lethal

White Mic - Fightin Off Success

Solidarity Records2012
Myka 9 - Mykology
  • Oh Yeah... Alright

Myka 9 - Mykology

SoundVise, M9 Entertainment2012
Copywrite - God Save The King
  • Golden State (Of Mind)

Copywrite - God Save The King

Man Bites Dog Records2012
4two7 - Internal Dialogue
  • Comedy Central

4two7 - Internal Dialogue

3Sixty5 Records2012
Tajai & Sleeprockers - Machine Language
  • Hieroller

Tajai & Sleeprockers - Machine Language

Clear Label Media Group2012
Balance & Dae One - B-Dae
  • Thinking Wit Dick

Balance & Dae One - B-Dae

Ayinde Music2012
DJ Touré - Touré's Theory
  • The Streets Love It

DJ Touré - Touré's Theory

Hiero Imperium2013
The Mekanix - Chop Shop 2
  • Soul Musik

The Mekanix - Chop Shop 2

Zoo Entertainment2014
Cloeydntlove - Goodtimes
  • Checkin' Hoes, Pt. 3: Gossip

Cloeydntlove - Goodtimes

Hungry Town Ent2014

Compilations

A Low Down Dirty Shame Soundtrack
  • Later On

Various - A Low Down Dirty Shame Soundtrack

Jive1994
Bored Generation
  • That's How It Is

Various - Bored Generation

Epitaph Records1996
Beats & Lyrics
  • Three Emcees

Various - Beats & Lyrics

Industry Records1997
Nationwide Independence Day
  • Time After Time

Various - Nationwide - Independence Day: The Compilation

Jive1998
  • Casual

Various - Cheapshots, Low Blows And Sucker Punches

Southpaw Records1998
I.R.S. - America's Ghettos
  • I.R.S.-N-Casual

Various - I.R.S. - America's Ghettos

Def Cali Recordings2000
Hieroglyphics - Hiero Oldies Volume One
  • Gotta Lotta

Hieroglyphics - Hiero Oldies Volume One

Hiero Imperium2001
Hiero Classix Vol. 1
  • Gotta Lotta

Various - Hiero Classix Vol. 1

Crown, Hiero Imperium2002
Hiero Classix Vol. 2
  • Me-O-Mi-O

Various - Hiero Classix Vol. 2

Crown, Hiero Imperium2002
Keak Da Sneak - The Appearances Of...
  • No Win Situation

Keak Da Sneak - The Appearances Of

Moe Doe Entertainment2002
Various - Hiero Oldies: Volume Two
  • Fear No Evil

Various - Hiero Oldies: Volume Two

Hieroglyphics Imperium2003
Hieroglyphics - The Building
  • Oaktown

Hieroglyphics - The Building

Hiero Imperium2004
  • Think Differently

Various - Wu-Tang Meets The Indie Culture

Think Differently Music2005
Hiero Imperium Presents The Corner
  • Say That Then

Various - The Corner

Hiero Imperium2005
TD Camp - Face To Face
  • Off The Pacific

TD Camp - Face To Face

Hella Records2007
Hieroglyphics – Over Time
  • The Scandal

Hieroglyphics - Over Time

Hiero Imperium2007
Z-Trip - All Pro Soundtrack
  • Sure Shot

Z-Trip - All Pro Soundtrack

Decon2007
Various - DJ Shadow Presents The Hyphy Movement
  • The Bay (Hyhpy Remix)

Various - DJ Shadow Presents The Hyphy Movement

Rush! Production, Toy's Factory2007
  • Connect 4

Various - J-Love Presents Thorotracks: The Saga Begins

Money Maker Entertainment2008
M-Eighty Presents The Academy
  • Money Off Rap

Various - M-Eighty Presents The Academy

Holy Toledo Productions2009
Marinello Records - The Early Years...
  • Grape Area

Marinello Records - The Early Years...

Marinello Records2009
Decon Presents Never Not Fresh
  • Heat On Str8

Various - Decon Presents Never Not Fresh

Decon2010
Various - Stop Blindin' Me
  • Takin' It

Various - Stop Blindin' Me

One Survival Movement2010
  • The Scandle

Various - Beats & Lyrics 2

X10 Music Group2010
Smigg Dirtee - Dirteeboy & Co. The Resume, Vol. 5
  • Sixteens

Smigg Dirtee - Dirteeboy & Co. The Resume, Vol. 5

Teamwork Music2017