After a solid stint of touring, Casuals perfected his emcee style, and this his third official album is his best work to date.
Its a Bay Area anthem, complete with guest appearances by E-40, Too $hort, and Richie Rich. Though the album is filled with hella amounts of Bay Area slang, like Hyphie and Go Dumb, Casuals rhyme style and flow should appeal to hip hop fans anywhere. The lead single, Say That Then, hits hard, as if the only persona worth anything is gangster yet the lyrics are anti-bling. Elsewhere, Single Mother is a jazzy and empathetic ode to troubled moms thats scornful and uplifting.
For beats, Casual employs the services of Dan the Automator, Jake One and the legendary Dante Ross which is smart. The tone is West Coast, but universal, and Casuals Smash Rockwell alter ego comes across without a hitch.
Jonathan Cunningham writes about music for Metro Times. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.