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DJ Thoro & Big Mike presents Cassidy: Apply Pressure

It’s almost common knowledge that Cassidy is one of the meanest lyricists and punchline predators in the game bar none. From having my man Freeway begging for a beat to flow on in the middle of their battle to having Rosanne Barr and Wanda from In Living Color looking women in the club waving their hotel keys in the air hoping to hook, line and sink in a dude simply starving for sexual healing (They caught my cousin out there feenin’ one night! He don’t regret nothing though. Blame it on the al-al-al-al-al-al-cohol!), Cass seemed bound for hip-hop greatness. It was damn near inevitable. But throw in a few accidents and homicide case and all of a sudden the once destined MC is just a hip-hop commodity these days.

For me it’s hard to believe that heads fiend for the latest Wayne rock joint, but could care less about hearing Cass say something like, “”When I pop the shotty, it got kick but it’s not karate/and when I snap you take shots/I’m like paparazzi…” on “Get That Bread” or “If it’s beef I turn into a barbecue/put the heat to your grill if we beefing for real/I’ll push your wig back like your barber do” off of “Nine Is On Me.” On joints like “Top Notch” and “Apply Pressure,” his metaphors and punchlines had more bite in them than Mike Tyson in the ring and Marv Albert in a hotel room combined. Then throw in his lovely freestyle, “Unexpected” where he ripped down Jigga’s “Where I’m From” instrumental rapping about the rappers he’s into and saying ish like, “You’re on my cock cause I’m on the block moving roosters, man,” and you have yourself something deeper than rap.

At the end of the day, I don’t know if Cass will get the masses he had back ’04 back. In a lot of ways he’s this generation’s (or last I guess) Canibus. He’s a rhyme animal who just never lived up to expectations. For all the mouth-watering bars they feed us to all the tracks they ride, they’re MCs, not necessarily rappers. The voice and flow isn’t versatile enough to mesh with a commercial or R&B track to make those huge crossover hits, so in that sense he is limited with his. While he did spit a rapid paced flow on “Ayy” it just didn’t suit him like Armani on Pat Riley. But I’m not knocking homie cause he does go in hard on his beats with the rhymes and metaphors. And when it’s all said and done that’s what makes Cassidy who he is and as long as he doesn’t try to be someone he’s not, then he’s good money. Just please, no more “anthems” for sex fiends and the sexual predators who try to lure them in. On the “drought” I’m on, I might be next to fall…-The Infamous O

Hottest Joint: “How Real Is This”

Weakest Joint: “Plenty Money”

  • Pierzy

    What’s poppin’ O -

    I always felt Cassidy was underrated, even here in Philly but his reaches for commercial success are a little too obvious and sound forced to me. But when he’s just spittin’ he’s an animal.

  • BeerGangsta

    Cassidy I have not heard from him in a while. Cassidy set Papoose up. He call Fat Joe to his hotel room. To let him know that Pap was there. They got into a big fight. Pap and Joe did. That’s not a real man to set up somebody. Then go and hide and then come back on the sense. Pap should have beat this bitch cassidy azz!

    • notoriousJJ420

      you fuckin kiddin me mang i saw sum shit you wrote on another album review and you obviously dont know wut tha fuck ya talkin about so why dont you get tha fuck off this site cuz ya obviously dont belong

  • crashxdjp

    Cassidy is sick but the dude is straight up pussy. He left the hotel room when Fat Joe entered to confront Papoose (listen to Papoose interview about the incident). Gillie tha Kid scared him shitless on the streets, had Cassidy looking like he saw a ghost on some street DVD i was watching. Oh, and I heard dude was a snitch, but I cant back that up.

    This is’nt a bad mixtape but his credibility is shit nowadays.

  • O

    Pierzy, that’s exactly how i feel. Cass tries toooo hard with his commercial attempts. And damn, I COMPLETELY forgot about Cassidy, Pap and Joe’s situation. Who knows if it was a set up for sure. But I doubt that Pap told Joe, “I was a fan of Flow Joe.” as Don Cartegena claims he said…

  • http://xxlmag.com Down-south-cat-who-knows-more-about-hip-hop-than-U

    Imo Cass is overrated,he gets praised alot for his lines but when u break em down they not DAT crazy. When he 1st came out I waz amazed by dude punchlines but over the yrs he jus got dryer. Actually hes not too different from any of dem other Philly battle type rappers(at least cass can attempt to make a song tho lol). After listening to cats like Crooked I and Royce,they make Cass rhymes look kind of weak but its gud dat hes actually “rappin”. As far as this mixtape goes,the dj “brings it back” wayyyyyyy too many times. Dj Thoro outta get smacked

  • http://xxlmag.com Down-south-cat-who-knows-more-about-hip-hop-than-U

    Imo Cass is overrated,he gets praised alot for his lines but when u break em down they not DAT crazy. When he 1st came out I was amazed by dude punchlines but over the yrs he jus got dryer. Actually hes not too different from all those other Philly battle type rappers(expect he can attempt to make a song tho lol). After listening to cats like Crooked I & Royce,they make cass rhymes seem weak. I guess its gud that hes still “rappin” tho. As far as the mixtape goes,the dj “brings it back” wayyyyyyy too much. Dj Thoro outta get smacked

  • http://xxlmag.com Down-south-cat-who-knows-more-about-hip-hop-than-U

    Imo Cass is overrated,he gets praised alot for his lines but if u break em down they really not DAT crazy. When he 1st came out I was amazed at his punchlines but over the yrs he jus got dryer. Actually hes not too different frm the rest of those Philly battle type rappers(except he can make a full song lol). After listening to cats like Crooked I & Royce,they make cass rhymes seem weak but i guess its gud that hes still “rappin” at least. As for the mixtape,the dj “brings it back” wayyyyyy too much. Dj Thoro outta get smacked

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  • CashKidd

    Why is Carmelo in the background?

  • yoprince

    It surprises me that a guy who comes up with something witty like this:

    “metaphors and punchlines had more bite in them than Mike Tyson in the ring and Marv Albert in a hotel room combined.”

    could still be impressed by Cassidy’s predictable punchlines and stagnant flow. Cassidy is one of those guys who you think are nice, and then you hear him alongside Nas and Quan on a song like “Just a Moment,” and you realize his shit is far from comparable to real MCing. Sure, dude can spit, but it’s faaaarrrr from memorable. I could finish most of Cassidy’s lines for him.

    • Black

      Agreed, the funny thing is that Cassidy used to be a real lyricist back in the day. I went to high school with him and he was on a semi conscious tip until Gillie told him that if he wanted to make bread he would have to switch up his content.

  • PRODIGAL SON

    I’ve tried to listen to Cassidy mixtapes all the way through, I just get bored, it’s coke flow gangster rap, but it’s trite and predictable. Punchlines are good but with a certain substance, and he doesn’t even sound awake half the time. I agree with Yoprince, people tell you he’s good and you think he is, but when you assess what he said, it’s nothing special at all, oh and this generations Canibus? The only similarity is that they had their moment to explode onto the scene, but promise was wasted on poorly executed albums, otherwise Canibus would eat Cassidy alive.

  • http://yahoo.com jay

    i think this mixtape is fire. he finally came back to the game ! but he is not the best rapper

  • ff1one@yahoo.com

    i totally agree. the substance don’t match with the punches although the punches are very clever. Thas why so many people would rather listen to a hot song rather then hot bars. The industry is a beast which is why u gotta know urself before u get into it. i still think freeway won the battle with his first line, and if a beat was on, Cassidy’s pre written punches prob wouldn’t be as good.

  • http://www.myspace.com/zoneout1 ZoneOut

    Are yall serious? Its a mixtape, Cass ALWAYS spit that conscious shit on his albums. Saying he has punches without substance is asinine.

    I’ve listened to this mixtape non stop since it came out. There isnt anything thats better out right now. I rather listen to this than Gucci or Wayne. This tape most definitely serves its purpose, he hopped on so many beats in just went the fuck in its ridiculous.

    And as far as that Pap and Joe incident, that shit old. Let it go, if Pap had a problem with Cass he shouldve been handled. Its far too late now, so apparently he didnt.

    But anyway, this mixtape overall get 5 stars from me. It had NO features on here at all. Its all Cass verses, give the man his props. Whoa @ saying Plenty Money is one of the weakest songs on here. I personally think Wrist Game is.