Cassidy’s ‘B.A.R.S.’ hits store shelves

Out of the spotlight for nearly 2 years, Cassidy, described by Grammy winning, multi-platinum selling artist Kanye West during a recent appearance on BET’s Rap City, as “one of the elite rappers in the game right now”, returns with the release of ‘B.A.R.S – The Barry Adrian Reese Story’ on Full Surface/J Records.

The album’s lead single, the celebratory, club motivating “My Drink N’ My 2 Step” is currently Top 10 on the R&B Mainstream Chart and #12 on the Rap Chart. The accompanying video has been on BET’s 106 & Park countdown for the past 3 weeks with a peak position of #2. Cassidy is scheduled to perform his hit “My Drink N’ My 2 Step” on both BET’s 106 & Park and MTV’s TRL on 11/8.

‘B.A.R.S.’ is by far one of Cassidy’s most personal and musically compelling albums to date as he touches on the various topics that have made headlines in recent years. From the manslaughter charges to the near fatal car accident, tracks like “Innocent (Misunderstood),” “Celebrate (featuring John Legend),” and “Leaning on the Lord,” shed insight and display a new perspective from the 24 year-old Philadelphia native’s life.

Producers Swizz Beatz, Nottz, Hi-Tek and more help maintain the true essence of classic hip-hop with head-nodding beats, complemented by Cassidy’s spit-fire and boastful lyrics, highlighted on standout tracks “Damn I Miss The Game,” “I Get My Paper” and “Cash Rules (featuring Bone Thugs and Eve).”

With over 20,000 entries for Cassidy’s Rap Battle Contest, winner Elton Gatling, a.k.a Lil’ Chugga from Columbia, Tennessee, makes his national recording debut on “Shut ‘Em Up.” This bonus track, featuring Cassidy, Drag-On and Larsiny Family, will only be available on the limited edition connected CD version of ‘B.A.R.S.’

Having built a reputation as one of the illest freestyle battle rappers, the Philadelphia-born Cassidy transcended the street battles and emerged as one of the hottest new rappers when his 2004 debut album Split Personality, featuring R. Kelly on the smash single “Hotel,” entered at #1 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart and peaked at #2 on the Top 200 Albums chart. Keeping his street cred intact, Cassidy’s 2005 gritty follow-up album (and the first ever hip-hop dual disc) ‘I’m A Hustla,’ debuted at #5 on the Top 200 Albums chart and spawned the hit “I’m A Hustla,” cited by MTV.com as “one of the biggest records in rap” that year.

With over a million sales, “I’m A Hustla” also became one of the highest selling master ringtones prior to the official RIAA certification launch in June 2006.

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