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Album Review

The title of Cassidy's eagerly anticipated third album, B.A.R.S., stands for the Barry Adams Reese Story (the Philadelphia rapper's real name) and alludes to his former incarceration on manslaughter charges. While the once-troubled Cassidy reunites with renowned producer Swizz Beatz on some tracks, most notably on the Vocoder-laced club anthem "My Drink N' My 2 Step," he also gets some top-notch help from Kanye West, John Legend, and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, among others, resulting in a lively, star-studded hip-hop album that never lets its guest shots overshadow the Philly performer's formidable flow., Rovi

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Following the two major events of a car accident and legal troubles, Cassidy emerges from all the media to release his third album, B.A.R.S., an acronym for Barry Adrian Reese Story (his real name). After debuting with the different styles of Cass on Split Personality, going hard on I'm A Hustla, Cass gets serious with B.A.R.S. B.A.R.S. Vs. Da Hustla: Following suite to his previous album, in which a freestyle battle between Cass's personalities ensues, B.A.R.S. takes on Da Hustla. After Da Hustla defeated The Problem previously, B.A.R.S. wins this match with some witty punchlines of truth over The Individualz menacing trumpets and strings. 3.5/5 My Drink N My 2 Step: Cass's main collaborator big Swizz Beatz drops another hit club production with "My Drink N My 2 Step". With an excellent guitar riff, Cass spits about how "the hustla's home" as Swizzy's catchy hook is a good way to get Cass back into the clubs and back into the game. Solid and memorable club banger that is enjoyable. 4/5 Where My N***as At: Neo Da Matrix contributes some dark atmospheric feelin production with numerous gun shots as Cass makes sure you know he can get down. Cass's flow is good and his punchlines work well on this menacing gun cocking cut, decent. 3/5 I Will Never Tell (Uh Uh): Larsiny assists Cass with the hook over an excellent Nottz beat. A smooth rolling, Cass flowing rap about how he will never tell or snitch. Getting back to the whole "No Snitchin" message, Cass makes his point of being able to still pop, just nicely. 3.5/5 I Pray: Fluttering flute lines and bass knocking production is smoothened out by a soft hook that was decent. Shiz Lansky adds a decent appearance, the kind of brings the track down. Cass seems a little preachy about the lord, but it still is a smooth and relaxing cut. 3/5 Innocent Man (Misunderstood): The Indivdualz & Swizz Beatz produce a gem here with an excellent sample and hook from Mark Morrison. The bouncy piano, guitar riff and uplifting feel is good and Cass fits the beat well. Enjoyable cut that speaks truth, excellent track. 4.5/5 Cash Rulez: High intensity production, Cass joins Bone Thugs N Harmony and Eve for this uptempo banger. Cass shows a fast flowing spit as Bone spits on the hook "I'ma tell you like a n***a told me, cash rules everything around me". Excellent track for Bone, not so much Cass, but it works. 3/5 Leanin On The Lord: Swizzy's clap filled beat with piano lacing, that goes into a beautiful string arrangement. Angie Stone's hook is nice as Cassidy tells stories of a paralyzed street hustler, drug using sex abused female and himself. The stories are well done and Cass flexes his storytelling ability. 4/5 Damn I Miss The Game: One of the strongest cuts, Rell croons on the hook over a piano laced production and soulful vibe. Cass talks baout his love for the game and how he misses it, as well as its current state of "when it gonna come back, come back? so tired of the dumb rap, dumb rap". He also attacks those that spit the same old, same old, same flows, topics and how they all sound the same. 3.5/5 Done 4 Me: Swizz drops a jazzy horn and hopeful string arrangement, as Cass spits lightly over the beat. It sounds a little preachy, but Cass still sounds good on it, the hooks seems a little forced due to his singing, but a decent track. 3/5 I Get My Paper: The only track on the album that I didn't like, Mashonda's repetitive hook sounds really annoying and the beat was average. It doesn't sound that great, but lyrically Cass still drops some hot punchlines. 2.5/5 Take A Trip: Another excellent Swizz beat that is soft and light with guitar and string combinations. Mashonda adds a light and lovely hook as Cassidy gets into his loverboy like mode of taking a vacation and relaxing with his chick, decent. 3.5/5 Celebrate: Devo Springsteen and Kanye West produced cut, John Legend's croon is perfectly fitting and guitar strums work well. Cass's smooth flow works and the track is definitely likeable. Cass spits "I had a murder case, I was facing some time, Ye, but that's something small to a giant like Andre". 3.5/5 All By Myself: Cassidy finishes the album on a personal note by producing the track himself. With an excellent sample, Cass slowly adds bass, claps and other instruments. Would have been better without the bass but still a heartfelt cut that is an emotional thank you to fans and all that helped him. 4.5/5 Cass's third offering is much better than the previous two. From the pretty boy face on Split Personality to the street swagger look on I'm A Hustla, you can already tell that Cass is serious with a black and white cover, complete with a confident scar faced Cassidy. The album is a lot more personal and deep than others will think, and I think it will be much more appreciated. He doesn't have as many bangers on this album, only the dark atmospheric "Cash Rulez" that features a fast spitting Cass with Bone and Eve "Where My N***as At" the street banger and the uptempo "I Get My Paper". The memorable and enjoyable club hit "My Drink N My 2 Step" was a nice way to get Cass back on the map and serves as a highlight, along with "Innocent Man (Misunderstood)" and Mark Morrison's soulful hook. Cass tries his best to spit on an array of topics, which isn't as easy as it seems, as he at times comes off a little preachy on cuts like "I Pray" and "Done 4 Me". "I Will Never Tell (Uh Uh)", "Leanin On The Lord" are solid cuts, along with girl track "Take A Trip" and the celebratory "Celebrate" with a great John Legend appearance. "Damn I Miss The Game" analyzes hip hop's state and how he misses that real hip hop. "I Get My Paper" is the only mediocre or lack luster cut, as "All By Myself" finishes things nicely. Solid album from Cass, not really for the streets, not too many bangers, but has some relaxing and smooth flows from Cass, a lot of maturity and growth from Cass, he benefits from his experiences into creating a good album. Rating 7.5 out of 10


Hip hop is back. Something more meaningful from Cass and has his life explained through song as only the best could do. All By Myself Hardest Track...Folks this C.D is about listening..cause he has a story to tell.

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This is a great album, Cass tells real life stories and tells about how he looked positively on all the trails and tribulations he went through. He has a lot to say, he's real and its motivational to hear from someone who went through the situations he did and being able to come back and celebrate and focus on the positive and not afraid to give honor to God. Buy this, support Cass!


Born: July 7, 1982 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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...
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