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The first MC of significance to be supported by Swizz Beatz's J-affiliated Full Surface label, Cassidy is a fresh-faced Philadelphian who gained a lot of attention as a battle rapper -- with a successful bout against Freeway as one of the first feathers in his cap. People who had been following him through several mixtape appearances were more than a little surprised by the angle taken on his first solo single, "Hotel." Rather than build on his street credibility, Cassidy used the song -- with vocal hooks courtesy of R. Kelly -- to establish himself as an MC who could just deliver a fluffy chart-aimed hit with equal ease. "Hotel" more or less piggybacked Chingy's "Holidae In" as a like-themed tune into the upper reaches of the singles charts, all the while being as light musically as the same rapper's "One Call Away." Split Personality, Cassidy's debut album, arrived just as "Hotel" was peaking, in March of 2004, and debuted at the number two spot on the Billboard album chart. The following year, the MC returned with the harder I'm a Hustla, which was released roughly two weeks after he was charged with a murder that took place in his Philadelphia neighborhood. The extra attention had no negative effect on his career, with 2007's B.A.R.S.: The Barry Adrian Reese Story bowing in the Top Ten of the Billboard album chart; its lead single, "My Drink 'N My Two Step" (also produced by Swizz Beatz), peaked at number 11 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop chart. ~ Andy Kellman
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  1.   Song
  2.   Hotel
  3.   I'm a Hustla
  4.   6 Minutes featuring Fabolous
  5.   My Drink N' My 2 Step
  6.   Get No Better
  7.   Face 2 Face
  8.   My Interpretation
  9.   Real Talk
  10.   Tha Problem
  11.   On the Grind
  12.   Paper Up
  13.   Damn I Miss the Game
  14.   Leanin' on the Lord
  15.   The Problem vs. The Hustla
  16.   Can I Talk to You
  17.   Monsta Muzik
  18.   Hate Me or Love Me
  19.   Where My N****z At
  20.   Innocent
  21.   I Pray
  22.   Intro (B.A.R.S vs. Da Hustla)
  23.   A.M. to P.M.
  24.   B-Boy Stance
  25.   Around the World
  26.   Can't Fade Me by Nas
  27.   Drumma Bass
  28.   All by Myself
  29.   I Get My Paper
  30.   Lipstick
  31.   Believe by Jadakiss
  32.   Do It Big
  33.   Cassidy (Anthem)
  34.   Watcha You Gonna Do
  35.   Make U Scream - Part 2 by Juvenile
  36.   She Addicted by Nalia Boss
  37.   Music in My Blood
  38.   I'm a G Boy
  39.   High Off Life featuring Junior Reid
  40.   Girl Like Her by Mya
  41.   Hotel (Vacation) Remix
  42.   Celebrate
  43.   Take a Trip
  44.   Done 4 Me
  45.   Cash Rulez
  46.   I Will Never Tell (Uh Uh)
  47.   Take It
  48.   The Message
  49.   So Long
  50.   Get 'Em
  51.   Bellybutton
  52.   C-Bonics
  53.   Kick It Wit You
  54.   Crack
  55.   Around Tha World
  56.   I'm Hungry
  57.   Husslin'
  58.   Blood Pressure
  59.   Pop That Cannon
  60.   Rondo
  61.   Where My N****S At
  62.   Time
  63.   Look At Him
  64.   Aint Gonna Happen
  65.   Peace
  66.   Awww S**** by Red Café
  67.   All Day All Night by The Game
  68.   Shut 'Em Up
  69.   One Shot
  70.   Ain't Scared
  71.   I Get It In
  72.   Cash Out
  73.   Wake Up

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