I'm a Hustla

I'm a Hustla

by Cassidy


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A pair of plush, ladies' man pop-rap singles made Split Personality a gold-selling success for young Cassidy. For a lot of the fellas, these songs turned an MC known for his punch lines into a punch line, the street cred suddenly more Skee-Lo than C-BO. How to change this perception? Introduce your follow-up album with a lead single titled "I'm a Hustla," replete with a Jay-Z-sampling rally call -- just like another Swizz Beatz concoction, T.I.'s "Bring 'Em Out." Another way to make people forget about your pretty-boy looks and soft songs? Catch a murder rap. Less than two weeks before I'm a Hustla's release, that's exactly what Cassidy did. Whether or not he's guilty or even happened to time the act just right, it gives his second album some extra attention. It's certainly harder overall than Split Personality; the seductive tracks are fewer in number and not nearly as melodic (R. Kelly does not return, likely wrapped up crafting Pied Piper Radio Hour). There's even a message track -- titled, naturally, "The Message" -- that makes as much sense on a Cassidy album as a hip-house throwback. Despite the concerted attempt to come off differently, I'm a Hustla isn't much more effective than Split Personality. It does start off excitingly enough, in the form of "The Problem vs. the Hustla," in which the MC conducts a battle rap between two sides of his personality, perhaps inspired by T.I.'s "T.I. vs. T.I.P." The Hustla wins, unsurprisingly, with "You should switch flows, nigga, your sh*t gold/When I drop, I'm a sh*t more than your sh*t sold." The Problem takes the advice, but it doesn't get him very far, even with guest spots from Nas, Lil Wayne, Raekwon, Mario, and Mary J. Blige. [I'm a Hustla was released in two editions: a copy-protected CD that will not play on your computer without installing a separate media player, and a DualDisc, containing a CD on one side and a DVD on the other. The DualDisc has a 5.1 mix version of the album on the DVD side, along with videos for "B-Boy Stance" and "I'm a Hustla," as well as a "Cassidy Makes a Video" segment and a photo gallery. The CD side of the DualDisc may not register on some computers.]

Product Details

Release Date: 06/28/2005
Label: J-Records
UPC: 0828766947922
catalogNumber: 69479

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cassidy   Primary Artist,Rap
Nas   Rap
Mary J. Blige   Vocals
Raekwon   Rap
Swizz Beatz   Background Vocals,Rap
Lil Wayne   Rap
Fabolous   Rap
Mashonda   Rap
Mario   Rap
Benjamin Chavis Muhammad   Spoken Word
Quan   Rap

Technical Credits

Vince DiCola   Composer
Rampage   Producer
Oscar Brown   Composer
Mary J. Blige   Composer
Patrick Dillett   Engineer
Chris Hanlon   Composer
Gerry Hludzik   Composer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Syl Johnson   Composer
Bill Kelly   Composer
Melvin Miller   Composer
Carl Siracuse   Composer
Beloyd Taylor   Composer
DJ Scratch   Producer
Alli   Art Direction
Chris Theis   Engineer
L.E.S.   Producer,Audio Production
George Spivey   Composer
LeShan Lewis   Composer
Shawn Carter   Composer
Peter Cor   Composer
Tim Mosley   Composer
Swizz Beatz   Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Kamel Abdo   Engineer
Chris LeBeau   Artwork
Shaffer Smith   Composer
L.F. Daze   Producer
DJ OnPoint   Contributor
Malcolm Grand   Producer
Neo DaMatrix   Producer,Audio Production
Nerve   Producer
Terrence Pender   Engineer
Antonio Serna   Logo
Shatek   Producer
Shatek King   Composer
Dwayne Carter   Composer
Hot Runner   Audio Production
Drop   Audio Production
Nasir Jones   Composer

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