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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.   All by Myself
  8.   Lipstick
  9.   Cash Out
  10.   One Shot
  11.   All Day All Night by The Game
  12.   I Get My Paper
  13.   A.M. to P.M.
  14.   B-Boy Stance
  15.   Pop That Cannon
  16.   Tha Problem
  17.   Rondo
  18.   Look At Him
  19.   Cash Rulez
  20.   I Will Never Tell (Uh Uh)
  21.   The Message
  22.   Kick It Wit You
  23.   On the Grind
  24.   Around the World
  25.   My Interpretation
  26.   Ain't Scared
  27.   Make U Scream - Part 2 by Juvenile
  28.   Paper Up
  29.   Where My N****z At
  30.   Innocent
  31.   The Problem vs. The Hustla
  32.   So Long
  33.   Crack
  34.   Can I Talk to You
  35.   I Get It In
  36.   Wake Up
  37.   Aint Gonna Happen
  38.   Cassidy (Anthem)
  39.   She Addicted by Nalia Boss
  40.   Peace
  41.   Music in My Blood
  42.   Monsta Muzik
  43.   Hate Me or Love Me
  44.   Shut 'Em Up
  45.   Done 4 Me
  46.   Damn I Miss the Game
  47.   Leanin' on the Lord
  48.   Intro (B.A.R.S vs. Da Hustla)
  49.   Get 'Em
  50.   C-Bonics
  51.   Can't Fade Me
  52.   Around Tha World
  53.   Real Talk
  54.   Blood Pressure
  55.   Do It Big
  56.   I'm a G Boy
  57.   High Off Life featuring Junior Reid
  58.   Girl Like Her by Mya
  59.   Face 2 Face
  60.   Drumma Bass
  61.   Celebrate
  62.   Take a Trip
  63.   I Pray
  64.   Take It
  65.   Bellybutton
  66.   I'm Hungry
  67.   Husslin'
  68.   Where My N****S At
  69.   Believe by Jadakiss
  70.   Awww S**** by Red Café
  71.   Time

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