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

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