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Rafael Casal / Bio

Casal found his beginnings in music at 15-years-old over the shoulder of local musicians and friends, picking up the basics of recording, delivery, content and structure. He released individual songs on CD around his high school, becoming known locally as a freestyle artist and lyricist. In 2006, he landed an apprenticeship with Bay Area legendary producer One Drop Scott (3x Crazy, Too Short, E-40, Keak Da Sneak, Mac Dre, Scarface, etc.) There, Casal further developed his production and sound engineering techniques while learning to work with professional recording artists. After opening up a recording studio in North Oakland in 2007, Casal began an internship at Director George Lucas's notorious THX Studios/Skywalker Ranch. shortly after, Rafael released his debut album in 2008 titled As Good As Your Word. In 2010, he followed up with his second project MONSTER, which earned him music placements on two [1] programs, one [2] program, and his first profile on MTV.com. This project launched Rafael into the youtube music world with his viral video Bay Area Slang Top 100, which showcased Casal to over 500,000 viewers as he defined 100 Bay Area slang terms in 3 minutes over a sample from [3]'s [4]. This song and others from the Monster LP were featured by major Music blogs like RapRadar, Southern Hospitality, The Smoking Section, Cocaineblunts and others. in 2011, he was declared a "Top 10 Bay Area Freshmen" by premiere Bay Area radio station 106.1 [5] and featured at the national annual music festival SXSW in Austin, Texas. In 2012, Casal has just released his 3rd solo record titled Mean Ones. All of his music projects feature production from Def Jam/Maybach Music producer Jay Fab of The Olympicks, as well as other featured producers and Casal's own compositions. They are all available free online for download at getrafael.com

General Info

Artist Name
Rafael Casal
Home Page
http://www.reverbnation.com/rafaelcasal
Active Since
01/08
Genres
Hip Hop / Rap / Weird

Contact Info

Location
oakland, CA