True Hustle

Contributed by AdamBernard:

Jay-Z penned a song where he boasted about being “a hustla, baby.” Cassidy spit venom about the topic on “I’m a Hustla” (coincidentally, using a Jay-Z sample). How many artists are really hustling to make things happen, though? This past Friday I saw a shining example of what real hustle is, the kind of hustle only a handful of artists have, in the form of my good friends Hushh and their unreal trip across two states just to network. Read the full story at:

Cassidy’s Top Picks In Music For 2007

Cassidy rapper 2007

MySpace caught up with Cassidy for their Year In Music special, asking the rapper about his top ten albums of the year, top five songs, and top five performances. In regards to his top albums, Cassidy selected Swizz Beatz’s ‘One Man Band Man’ at #10, UGK’s ‘Underground Kingz’ at #9, Ne-Yo’s ‘Because Of You’ at #6, and Kanye West’s ‘Graduation’ at #4. Watch who topped his list below.

Top 5 Songs of 2007
1. T-Pain – “Bartender”
2. Justin Timberlake – “Til The End Of Time”
3. Swizz Beatz – “It’s Me Snitches”
4. Kanye West – “Good Life”
5. Swizz Beatz – “Money In The Bank”

Top Performances of 2007
1. Jay Z -Madison Square Garden
2. Chris Brown – MTV Awards
3. Mario & Alicia Keys – Clive Davis Party
4. Cassidy – Power House in Philadelphia, PA

Cassidy Talks ‘B.A.R.S.’ With CNN

Cassidy visited with to promote his new album ‘B.A.R.S. The Barry Adrian Reese Story’. The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania rapper talked about his car crash, his jail stint, the album’s first single ‘My Drink N My 2 Step’ – which he insists isn’t a party song, and how hip hop needed an artist like him to step it up right now. Watch the interview below.

On TV: Diddy, Soulja Boy, Cassidy

Scheduled rap acts on television this week, many of which probably won’t appear due to the writer’s strike, include:

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, who visits ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ on Tuesday

Common, who performs on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ on Tuesday

Soulja Boy, who performs on ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ on Tuesday

Missy Elliott and Lil’ Kim, who perform with Keyshia Cole on ‘The Late Show’ on Wednesday

Pittsburgh Slim, who performs on ‘Last Call’ on Wednesday

Cassidy and Swizz Beatz, who perform on ‘TRL’ on Thursday

Chingy, who performs on ‘Last Call’ on Friday

Cassidy B.A.R.S. Battle Part 1

Part one of a behind the scenes look at Cassidy’s Rap Battle on MTV’s ‘Sucka Free’ has been posted online, where the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania rapper talked about the concept. And we get an introduction from the three finalists, Rocky out of Detroit, G.O.D. Jewels out of Chicago, and Lil Chugga from Columbia, Tennessee. Cassidy releases his third solo album ‘B.A.R.S. The Barry Adrian Reese Story’ on Tuesday (November 6). Watch the clip at YouTube.

Cassidy ‘My Drink N My 2 Step’ Video

Cassidy 'My Drink N My 2 Step' music video

Cassidy is out with the video to his new single ‘My Drink N My 2 Step’, featuring Swizz Beatz, from the rapper’s third album ‘B.A.R.S.’. Watch the clip via YouTube below.

Cassidy Ready To Bounce Back

Billboard spoke with Cassidy about his third album, ‘The Barry Adrien Reese Story (B.A.R.S.),’ due September 18th, and some of the adversity he’s faced between releases. “When I was going through problems, from going to jail to the accident, even though I had money, I had power, respect and friends, no one showed up and the only thing that helped me was my faith,” Cassidy said. “I was so worried about what lawyer I was going to hire and what judge will handle my case, but when I read the scripture, which says it’s better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man, I knew I was going to win and get through it with the Lord on my side.” Read more.

Rapper Cassidy’s Fellow Passenger Relays Horror Of Car Accident

Grady Spivey, Cassidy’s A&R representative, spoke with MTV News about their involvement in a car crash that has the rapper still hospitalized now in stable condition after earlier being critical. Spivey observed that most everyone in the car was shaken up, but not badly hurt after being side-swiped by a large U-Haul truck. When he turned to look at Cassidy, who was seated behind the driver and got the brunt of the impact, he saw that the MC was not in his seat. He was horrified to find that Cassidy was actually propelled from the left side of the second row of seats to the right side of the third row. “That’s why he has a fractured skull and broken bones in his face — he was thrown from his seat,” Spivey said. “I was bleeding all over myself. I jumped out the car and saw him laying there. I picked him up, there was no life, no movement in his body. I put him on the seat and immediately called 911. I was feeling panic, feeling nervous, but I’m a spiritual man and God put calm over my body.” Read more.