From: Oakland, CA
Signature Song: Casual f/ Del tha Funkee Homosapien & Pep Love "Who's It On" (1994)
In terms of pure rapping skills alone, the Hieroglyphics crew has earned its place in hip-hop history. Even though Del Tha Funkee Homosapien's baritone makes him the most recognizable MC in the bunch, it's Casual whose talents have always been equally clear, but sometimes overlooked. His influence runs deeper than you might think, too-you can find his face among other greats on the Midnight Marauders artwork. He might not ever top his 1994 debut, Fear Itself, but who cares? He's given us a classic and a discography full of strong and diverse listens. Salute that man.