I'm A Hustla

Studio Album by released in 2005
I'm A Hustla's tracklist:
The Problem vs. The Hustla
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I'm A Hustla
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On The Grind
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Crack
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B-Boy Stance
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A.M. To P.M.
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Can't Fade Me (Feat. Nas & Quan)
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Kick It Wit You (Feat. Mario)
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C-Bonics
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Bellybutton
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Get 'Em (Feat. Swizz Beatz)
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So Long (Feat. Mashonda & Raekwon)
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6 Minutes (Feat. Lil Wayne & Fabolous)
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The Message
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I'm A Hustla (Remix) (Feat. Mary J. Blige) (bonus track)
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I'm A Hustla review

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. Split Personality, Cassidy's debut album was released 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. Cassidy's lawyer stated these allegations are not true, and evidence will show he was not involved.

Fearless freestyler Cassidy opens his second release on a genius note, poking fun at himself while showing off his seemingly immeasurable skills. On the opening track, The Problem vs. the Hustla, he sets up an MC battle between his two personalities: the relentless hustler who shot through the underground with mix-tape classics, and the polished, mainstream rapper who sold millions with his debut record Split Personality. This cut, with its unique approach, super-quick wit, and underdog victory (the hustla wins), sets the tone for I'm a Hustla, a rawer record than the first, but one which retains much of its predecessor's luster. The title track, with its irregular flow, fiery lyrics peppered with hilarious one-liners, and ace Swizz Beats production is unforgettable. The rest of the set mixes in slick tracks on gangster life with disarmingly reflective cuts including Can't Fade Me, where Cassidy matches rhymes with the legendary Nas, and The Message where he eases into a sad look at the world. Other noteworthy tracks come in the form of So Long, featuring Mashonda and an appearance from Raekwon, and on the remix to I'm a Hustla with an R&B legend Mary J Blige whose singing and chorus enhance an already great track.

Rapper Cassidy proved that he definitely has skills in the rap game. Will the production get Cassidy over the hump to reach platinum status? Only time will tell. All in all, I'm a Hustla is a solid 15-track offering from the Philly native as he returns to his roots. Cassidy's changed the script from Split Personality and is finally catering to the right audience. Unfortunately, Cassidy's inner conflicts and street stories spilled into his real life (he spent the album's release behind bars). Given his immense talent, fans could only hope that Cassidy's troubles wouldn't prevent him from recording again soon.