Barry Adrian Reese better known as the rapper Cassidy was born on July 7th, 1982 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Cassidy is better known as being a battle rapper and freestyler than a regular rapper, and that's how he gained a lot of attention before the beginning of his career. He later did a transitional switch to a rapping career in 2002 when he joined and signed to Swizz Beatz's labels Ruff Ryders and Full Surface. Throughout his whole career to today, Cassidy has released 4 studio albums and 12 mixtapes, and you can catch his battle raps on YouTube. This review will on his first album Split Personality which was released on March 16th, 2004 under the labels Ruff Ryders, Full Surface, and J Records. Swizz Beatz has produced 11 songs in the album, and Nottz, Rockwilder, Neo da Matrix, and J. Brown have also appeared as producers. Split Personality features Snoop Dogg, Swizz Beatz, R. Kelly, Jazze Pha, Jadakiss, Styles P, Mashonda, and Trina.
The album starts with the song "My Interpretation" where Cassidy starts off with his biggest strength which is freestyling over this nice instrumental produced by Swizz Beatz. Cass mentions in the song that the beat is so dope, he doesn't need to write: "I don't even need to write to this joint this easy, I'mma just talk to 'em off the top, listen..." On top of that, I did not know so many words could end in "ion." Then we have the 1st single from the album, which is Cassidy's biggest hit, "Hotel" featuring R. Kelly. Cassidy's first bars in the first verse interpolates the legendary hip-hop song "Rapper's Delight" by The Sugar Hill Gang which was also interpolated by other rappers like N.W.A. and Kurupt. R. Kelly's appearance on Hotel helped a lot to the song but his appearance in the video is a bit sketchy with a mask on if you ask me. The following song is "Lipstick" featuring Jazze Pha, and the song is about having fun with girls on a nice summer vibe beat. "Get No Betta" features Mashonda where Cass raps about getting down with a girl he likes. The instrumental has a nice Spanish guitar riff and a sample from Naughty by Nature's "Hip-Hop Hooray" and Kanye West and Vida Guerra stars in the video. The next song is called "Make U Scream" which is about doing freaky things to girls, and who knows better about how to get down with girls more than the featured guest on the song, Snoop Dogg.
After the first part of the album which was more towards the ladies, the second part we get to see another side of Cassidy. We got a funny skit called "Tha Problem" where Cassidy and an Arab restaurant owner in Philly argue over a cheesesteak order. Then we have the song called "Tha Problem" where Cassidy shows a lesser nice side of himself. The next song is "Pop That Cannon" featuring Styles P and on this track, we have a freestyler and a lyricist rapping about how they are not be messed around within the streets. Then we have "Blood Pressure" followed by the song "Can I Talk To You" featuring Jadakiss. This is a dope beat with Cassidy and Kiss rapping about being dangerous in the streets and Jada killed his 1st verse.
Now on the second part, we saw Tha Problem side of Cassidy, let's continue to the last part of the album. We got another skit called "Real Talk" where a kid and his father get to a little talk. The father explains to his child that listening to Cassidy's negative lyrics in his album will only cost his son to go to jail, which means he doesn't want his son to listen to any more of Cassidy's album until he hears something positive in it. In the song "Real Talk", Cassidy switches his street stories to explain that his hustling in the street is the ticket of his way out from the streets so he can have a relaxing life because the struggle in the streets is hard for those who are stuck there. "Husslin'" is where Cassidy raps about how nobody can do it better than him and Swizz Beatz when it comes to rapping, producing and making money. In the song "I'm Hungry", Cass raps about how he is ready to do anything to not end up broke. The hook in this song is not that great, and then we have the song "Around The World." The album finishes with the "Hotel" remix featuring R. Kelly and Trina.