Hip-hop seems to be in a very lofty place, and has been in the last decade. I like how high it has been able to go, but it’s as if artists reach that height and forget why they’re there in the first place. While CasUno is not on the level of a major hip-hop superstar, he has every right to be. Sticks Out Like A Sore Thumb (Labeless Intelligence) sounds like working class hip-hop, and I don’t mean it’s the hip-hop equilalent of Bruce Springsteen‘s Nebrasksa. It does sound like an MC who is hungry, understands the love and craft of the music, and does it with a spirit that defines what an MC is: a master of ceremony, the mic controller, the microphone commando. He may not have the perfect voice all the time, but would you want perfection 100 percent of the time? Even the best MC’s are advised to switch up a little, and maybe that’s what I’m hearing, someone who doesn’t want to come off like a robot. When he does deviate, it’s not radically different.
This is a feel good, laugh-at-your-ass type album, it’s not pure comedy but CasUno knows when to be a wise ass when needed. Otherwise, it’s an album where, through his music, he says “this is me, I know how to write, I know how to speak, now I’ll entertain you for an hour. Welcome to my world.” He’s not afraid to make a reference to a blumpkin, nor is he afraid to talk trash at groupies or people in general who come off one way but behind-the-scenes are someone else. Yes, maybe he feels his Sticks Out Like A Sore Thumb, but since he does stick out, find out what makes him stick in the first place. In other words, if you’re going to stand there to gawk, he’ll bust out some nice rhymes for you.
My favorite tracks here include “Electric ‘Ukulele” (the song with the blumpkin reference), “The Spit Pit”, and “The Simplistic Intricacy” and intricacy is what he’s all about. If he’s not an immediate favorite for you, come back to him later on. Once you hear something that blows you away, you’ll become a fan.