B.A.R.S. The Barry Adrian Reese Story

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B.A.R.S. The Barry Adrian Reese Story
Studio album by Cassidy
Released November 6, 2007
Recorded 2006-2007 at The Saltmine Studios
Genre East Coast hip hop
Length 61:14
Label J Records, Full Surface, Ruff Ryders, Epic Records
Producer Swizz Beatz (Exec.), Bink!, Devo Springsteen, Hi-Tek, Neo Da Matrix, Nottz, Cassidy, Kanye West, The Individualz, Lamont "Logic" Coleman, Devon "Gold" Golder
Cassidy chronology
I'm a Hustla
(2005)
B.A.R.S. The Barry Adrian Reese Story
(2007)
Face 2 Face EP
(2010)
Singles from B.A.R.S. The Barry Adrian Reese Story
  1. "My Drink n My 2 Step"
    Released: June 20, 2007
  2. "Innocent Man (Misunderstood)"
    Released: December 22, 2007
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllHipHop 8.5/10 stars[1]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
RapReviews 5/10 stars[3]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[4]
XXL 3/5 stars[5]
DJBooth.net 4/5 stars [6]

B.A.R.S. The Barry Adrian Reese Story [7] is the third studio album by American rapper Cassidy. It was released under Full Surface Records/J Records.[8] Before its release, XXL Magazine ranked the album the 10th most anticipated album of 2007. The album debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 with 63,000 copies sold in the first week released.[9]

Background[edit]

The album was originally titled This Time Around, then it was changed to It Is What It Is and finally to B.A.R.S. The Barry Adrian Reese Story.[8] Cassidy named the album B.A.R.S. after spending 8 months behind bars (in prison). B.A.R.S are also his initials, Barry Adrian Reese [Story]. The album features songs about his accident and his time in jail as well as his relationship with God. He also created a B.A.R.S. Competition Freestyle Battle with finalists, G.O.D. Jewels, 21, of Chicago, IL, Rocky, 17, of Detroit, MI, and Lil' Chugga, 23, of, Columbia, TN on October 10, 2007 live on MTV's Sucker Free.

Production[edit]

Producer Swizz Beatz handled some of the production on the album. The CD was released on Swizz Beatz' Full Surface Records imprint, a subsidiary of J Records. Other producers involved with the project were Neo Da Matrix, Don Cannon, Kanye West, Bink, Hi-Tek, and others.

Swizz Beatz confirmed before the album's release that Sean Garrett would have production credits on this album:[10]

Cassidy himself produced the track "All By Myself" which sampled "Me, Myself & I" by The Dramatics.

Three promotional mixtapes called "The Hustlas Home", "The Hustlas Home Pt.2", and "07-07-07" were released before the CD.[11][12]

Features[edit]

Guest appearances include Swizz Beatz, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Eve, Angie Stone, Larsiny, Mashonda, Mark Morrison, Rell and John Legend.

"Celebrate" featuring John Legend samples jazz singer Nina Simone's version of the song "Strange Fruit."

Tracklisting[edit]

# Title Producer(s) Featured guest(s) Time
1 "Intro (B.A.R.S. vs. da Hustla)" Avenue & Joe Bravo of The Individuals 6:20
2 "My Drink n My 2 Step" Swizz Beatz & Anthem Frost Swizz Beatz 3:13
3 "Where My Niggaz At" Neo Da Matrix 4:52
4 "I Will Never Tell (Uh Uh)" Lamont "Logic" Coleman & Devon "Gold" Golder 4:39
5 "I Pray" Lamont "Logic" Coleman & Devon "Gold" Golder Shiz Lansky 4:56
6 "Innocent Man (Misunderstood)" Swizz Beatz Mark Morrison 4:12
7 "Cash Rulez" Hi-Tek Bone Thugs-n-Harmony & Eve 3:54
8 "Leanin' on the Lord" Swizz Beatz Angie Stone 5:07
9 "Damn I Miss the Game" Bink Rell 3:24
10 "Done 4 Me" Dready 3:29
11 "I Get My Paper" Nottz Swizz Beatz 4:41
12 "Take a Trip" Swizz Beatz Mashonda 3:33
13 "Celebrate" Devo Springsteen John Legend 3:57
14 "All By Myself" Cassidy 5:02

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2007–2008) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 10
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 3
U.S. Billboard Top Rap Albums 2

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