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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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    '00s Hip-Hop

    '00s Hip-Hop
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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.   Do It Big
  7.   Blood Pressure
  8.   Watcha You Gonna Do
  9.   I'm a G Boy
  10.   Celebrate
  11.   Leanin' on the Lord
  12.   Get 'Em
  13.   Pop That Cannon
  14.   Cash Rulez
  15.   The Message
  16.   Get No Better
  17.   Believe by Jadakiss
  18.   Cash Out
  19.   Look At Him
  20.   Drumma Bass
  21.   Where My N****z At
  22.   Done 4 Me
  23.   I Will Never Tell (Uh Uh)
  24.   Take It
  25.   The Problem vs. The Hustla
  26.   Can't Fade Me by Nas
  27.   A.M. to P.M.
  28.   B-Boy Stance
  29.   Crack
  30.   I'm Hungry
  31.   Hate Me or Love Me
  32.   Make U Scream - Part 2 by Juvenile
  33.   My Interpretation
  34.   I Get It In
  35.   We Workin
  36.   Aint Gonna Happen
  37.   Cassidy (Anthem)
  38.   She Addicted by Nalia Boss
  39.   Peace
  40.   Paper Up
  41.   Music in My Blood
  42.   High Off Life featuring Junior Reid
  43.   Hotel (Vacation) Remix
  44.   All by Myself
  45.   Take a Trip
  46.   I Get My Paper
  47.   Damn I Miss the Game
  48.   Innocent
  49.   I Pray
  50.   Where My N****S At
  51.   Intro (B.A.R.S vs. Da Hustla)
  52.   So Long
  53.   Bellybutton
  54.   C-Bonics
  55.   Kick It Wit You
  56.   On the Grind
  57.   Around the World
  58.   Around Tha World
  59.   Husslin'
  60.   Real Talk
  61.   Can I Talk to You
  62.   Tha Problem
  63.   Lipstick
  64.   Ain't Scared
  65.   Awww S**** by Red Café
  66.   Shut 'Em Up
  67.   Rondo
  68.   All Day All Night by The Game
  69.   Time
  70.   Wake Up
  71.   Monsta Muzik
  72.   Face 2 Face
  73.   Girl Like Her by Mya
  74.   One Shot

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