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Cassidy became famous by having a freestyle battle with American rapper “Freeway”. Cassidy recorded his first album, Split Personality in 2003. The record is divided into three parts: The first is credited to Cassidy and reflects his pop side, the second, credited as “Tha Problem,” aims at fans of his mixtapes and the third is credited to B. Reese from fans from his early days. Cassidy recorded the lead single “Hotel” in R. Kelly’s Chicago studios with a vocal contribution by R. Kelly – there is also a remix featuring vocals by Trina. The song became a hit, reaching the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 in February 2004 and was nominated for a Vibe Award in the category Coolest Collabo that year. It also reached the top 5 of the UK chart and the top 40 of the Australian chart in May 2004. May 2004 was also the month Cassidy featured on the cover of The Source magazine, alongside Lil’ Flip, Young Gunz and J-Kwon. Split Personality was released on March 16, 2004 and debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 album charts and at #1 on the R&B/Hip Hop albums charts. The second single, “Get No Better”, featured a contribution from labelmate Mashonda but did not do as well on the singles charts, reaching #82 on the Billboard Hot 100.Cassidy’s favorite rapper is Nas,Nas is said to have inspired Cassidy at a young age.

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