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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

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

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