Cas One has worked with everyone from Brother Ali and Sadistik to the late Eyedea and Ceschi Ramos of Fake Four, Inc. He’s shared the stage with Grayskul, Visionaries, Kristoff Krane, and electronic musician Figure. But his sophomore effort, The Monster and the Wishing Well, which drops tomorrow, October 29, is undeniably all his own. The songs are tales of a young man growing up, becoming a father, a husband, and feeling out the methods of balancing it all out with his artistic passion. Not to mention, Cas One’s lyrical skills are on point. He rhymes with confidence and honesty as he tightly holds on to the fluidity of each verse. The first video for the lead track, “Long Walk,” takes a dark approach to delivering a story about a man searching for his lost soul. Its brooding nature and sheer intensity paint a perfect picture of exactly what the subject is going through internally. Shot by Eric Hunter, “Long Walk” is a joint vision that had to breathe life. So without further adieu, hit the jump for the visuals, and exclusive interview!
Cas One is as independent as it gets. Just by association with Fake Four, Inc. and Strange Famous, you know the majority of their artists’ careers are dictated by individual support of the fans they meet and greet along the way. Tomorrow is the release of his sophomore album, The Monster and the Wishing Well. Today, we rock the video “Long Walk” and get a couple words with Cas One himself. YEE.
Working with Minneapolis kids like Eyedea is something that caught the eye. How did you guys meet?
We met through Sadistik when we did the “Art of Dying” tour. We also recorded the “Savior Self” song (in a pyramid) on that tour. I learned not to pack more than one pair of shoes after meeting him.
Being on Strange Famous, I’m sure you get to brand the “strange “and “famous” with Sage Francis. Did he like the fact you live in Evansville, Indiana? Is that an awesome answer to tell people when they ask where you are from?
I am not on Strange Famous. We all just slap each other fives that sometimes are connected to hugs like you see in urban movies. They sell my album in their web store though. Being from Evansville is weird with making a go at rapping. But I don’t think it has held me back really. I’m doing the small spiral that’s getting its walking legs.
What does a Monster have to do with a Wishing Well? Is it a contrast into how you see the world and their reactions?
I think most people’s wishes turn them into monsters. I am a fan of contrasting things. I like when beautiful things have an underbelly full of maggots.
Production wise, the tastes of us have all changed from 2005 to 2013. What is the difference in sound fro Liberation to this project?
I feel like the production on the monster is timeless. Every song but two on this record are made by Eric Hunter, who plays every instrument on them. They all have a really wholesome warm feeling to them.
Based on the people you work with…I can tell you are passionate about your craft and independence. How has the touring world changed from 2005 to today?
A lot more people offer me drugs that I say no to these days. Having a family makes it hard for me to just up and go. I plan like a year in advance now.
Does your album title have something to do with the release date a few days before Halloween? Do you know Three 6 Mafia is also releasing their project that day?
Yes. But being that I have ties to the illuminati they won’t let me give the correlation of the date and album title away. But I can give you a hint. If people don’t buy it, apocalyptic scenarios could occur. And being apart of who I just mentioned, I always know what Three 6 Mafia is doing.
Tell us about this video, “A Long Walk.” It seems like someone is getting kidnapped in Red hoods. Has this happened on a long walk?
With a wolf once and an old lady once. Right? Bung bung!