Nearly 20 years after his classic debut album Fear Itself, Hieroglyphics emcee Casual is a certified Bay Area hip-hop legend. Now, he’s joining forces with veteran beatsmith J Rawls (producer for Black Star, J-Live, Stalley, Count Bass D, John Robinson, and more) for a brand new album, Respect Game Or Expect Flames.
Both Rawls and Casual agree that the album came about organically. “He had a lot of beats that moved my pen,” explains Casual. “We worked on a couple tracks together and decided that our chemistry warranted an album’s worth of material.” On the production, J Rawls wasn’t afraid to test his limits. “I changed my style a lot for this album,” he says. “I’m known for having a jazzy sound, but some of these tracks are more edgy. It fits Casual’s style and attitude.” The result is an album that stands out in Casual’s already impressive catalog. “This project is different because of the production. J gave me a more universal sound than I’ve had on any of my past albums,” says Casual. “I think it’s my best work to date,” adds Rawls.
01. Reign feat. Pep Love & Allana Reign
02. Respect Game or Expect Flames feat. Del The Funky Homosapien
03. La Danse Du Fessie
04. Craziest Story
05. The Authority feat. The Mystery School
06. Surely, I’m Right
07. Fly feat. Allana Reign
08. Nota Problem Part II
09. Hier-O-Dot feat. Copywrite, Phesto, Tage, Tajai, Opio, and Jakki Da Motamouth
10. Aint Tryna Hear
11. Find a New Remix feat. Rene Dion
12. Emergency feat. Kurious
13. Give Respect
14. Upper Echelon
15. We Servin’ Y’all feat. The Liquid Crystal Project
The album Casual “Respect Game Or Expect Flames” (Nature Sounds) is going to be released August 31, 2012.