Barry Adrian Reese better known by his stage name Cassidy, is an American hip hop recording artist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is known for his freestyle capabilities and also being the first rapper to ever have the first platinum ringtone with his hit single “I’m a Hustla”.

Music career

2003–04: Split Personality

Cassidy was signed to Full Surface. On November 29, 2003, he released “Hotel”, featuring R. Kelly. It reached the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100. The second single was “Get No Better”, featuring Mashonda. On March 16, 2004, Cassidy released his first studio album, Split Personality. It was certified gold in the first month.

2004–05: I’m A Hustla

On March 14, 2005, Cassidy released the single “I’m A Hustla”, which went certified platinum. The next single, “B-Boy Stance”, featured Swizz Beatz. On June 28, Cassidy released his second studio album, I’m A Hustla. It debuted at #5 on the U.S. Billboard 200, with 93,000 copies sold in the first week.

2006–07: B.A.R.S. The Barry Adrian Reese Story

In 2006, after his release from prison and recovering from an auto accident, Cassidy began work on his third studio album, B.A.R.S. The Barry Adrian Reese Story. Before its release, XXL Magazine ranked the album the 10th most anticipated album of 2007. On November 6, 2007 the album was released it debuted at #10 on the Billboard 200 with 63,000 copies sold in the first week of released. It contained the single “My Drink n My 2 Step”, featuring and produced by Swizz Beatz.

2009–10: C.A.S.H. (Cass Always Stay Hard)

In late 2009 Cassidy signed with Carmelo Anthony’s label Kross Over Entertainment. While preparing his fourth studio album, he released a mixtape series entitled Apply Pressure. On August 24, 2010, Cassidy released the 5-track EP Face 2 Face, with the promotional single “Face 2 Face”. On November 16, 2010, Cassidy’s fourth studio album, C.A.S.H. (Cass Always Stay Hard) was released. On its first week it had sold about 5,200 copies, much lower than his previous studio albums. “Drumma Bass” was the only official single from the album.


On May 21, 2012, Cassidy hosted a release party for his mixtape Mayhem Music. On July 8, 2012, he released the mixtape Mayhem Music: AP3.

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