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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.   6 Minutes featuring Fabolous
  3.   My Drink N' My 2 Step
  4.   Hotel
  5.   I'm a Hustla
  6.   Get No Better
  7.   Celebrate
  8.   All by Myself
  9.   Tha Problem
  10.   Pop That Cannon
  11.   Peace
  12.   Cash Rulez
  13.   The Problem vs. The Hustla
  14.   B-Boy Stance
  15.   Crack
  16.   On the Grind
  17.   A.M. to P.M.
  18.   Cash Out
  19.   Look At Him
  20.   I Get My Paper
  21.   Innocent
  22.   Take It
  23.   Kick It Wit You
  24.   My Interpretation
  25.   Make U Scream - Part 2 by Juvenile
  26.   Where My N****z At
  27.   The Message
  28.   So Long
  29.   Around the World
  30.   Around Tha World
  31.   Lipstick
  32.   Blood Pressure
  33.   Ain't Scared
  34.   I Get It In
  35.   Wake Up
  36.   Do It Big
  37.   Aint Gonna Happen
  38.   Cassidy (Anthem)
  39.   She Addicted by Nalia Boss
  40.   Paper Up
  41.   Music in My Blood
  42.   Monsta Muzik
  43.   Hate Me or Love Me
  44.   Face 2 Face
  45.   Done 4 Me
  46.   Damn I Miss the Game
  47.   Leanin' on the Lord
  48.   I Will Never Tell (Uh Uh)
  49.   Intro (B.A.R.S vs. Da Hustla)
  50.   Get 'Em
  51.   C-Bonics
  52.   Can't Fade Me
  53.   Real Talk
  54.   Can I Talk to You
  55.   Time
  56.   Rondo
  57.   One Shot
  58.   I'm a G Boy
  59.   High Off Life featuring Junior Reid
  60.   Girl Like Her by Mya
  61.   All Day All Night by The Game
  62.   Shut 'Em Up
  63.   Take a Trip
  64.   I Pray
  65.   Bellybutton
  66.   I'm Hungry
  67.   Husslin'
  68.   Where My N****S At
  69.   Believe by Jadakiss
  70.   Drumma Bass
  71.   Awww S**** by Red Café

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