Split Personality (Cassidy album)

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Split Personality
Split-Personality-Cover.jpg
Studio album by Cassidy
Released March 16, 2004
Recorded 2003
Genre East Coast hip hop
Label Full Surface, J, Ruff Ryders, Epic
Producer Swizz Beatz, J. Brown, Felli Fel, Nottz, V. Flowers, Neo Da Matrix, Rockwilder
Cassidy chronology
Split Personality
(2004)
I'm a Hustla
(2005)
Singles from Split Personality
  1. "Hotel"
    Released: September 23, 2003

Split Personality is the debut studio album by American rapper Cassidy. It was released on March 16, 2004, by Full Surface Records, J Records, Ruff Ryders Records and Epic Records. The album debuted at number 2 on the US Billboard 200, selling 118,000 copies in its first week.[1] To date, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for the shipments of 500,000 copies in the United States.[2]

Background and recording[edit]

In 2003, the recording sessions was beginning to take place on the album, where it was divided into three parts. The first part of the record (credited as "Cassidy") was the reflection based upon his pop side. The second part of the record (credited as "The Problem") was directly towards his fans, who gave their support, following his mixtapes. The third and final part of the record (credited to "B. Reese") was directly towards his fans, who have supported him since his early days of his rap career.[3] During the whole development, Cassidy recorded a track and serving as the album's lead single, called "Hotel" (which is a reference on the song "Housewife", included from Dr. Dre's album 2001) featuring an American R&B singer-songwriter R. Kelly, and it was during the recording session at the Kelly's Chicago studios with its vocal contribution by Kelly. R. Kelly vocal contributions also was on the official remix to "Hotel", with the featuring guest vocals from an American female rapper Trina. The song became a hit and it has reached at the top ten on the US Billboard Hot 100, as of February 2004. The song was nominated for the Vibe Award for the "Coolest Collabo" in that same year.[4] The album's second single, "Get No Better", which features a guest appearances from his label-mate and American R&B singer Mashonda. That song did not do as well on the singles charts, however, it did reached at number 82 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It was accompanying by a music video, which features a cameo appearances by Vida Guerra. Cassidy also recorded these two tracks, "Take It" and "Make You Scream Pt.2", in which these song were initially going to be included on the album. However, these songs didn't make it on the final track listing, only became the releases of the official promotional singles from the album.[2][3]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[5]
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Vibe 3.5/5 stars[7]
USA Today 3/4 stars[8]

Allmusic described the album as "a minor disappointment while simultaneously showing promise". Its review considered the first third of the album as the disappointing section. It considered the best tracks as "Hotel", "Can I Talk to You" and "Real Talk".

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "My Interpretation" Felli Fel 3:08
2. "Hotel" (featuring R. Kelly) Swizz Beatz 4:06
3. "Lipstick" Swizz Beatz 3:45
4. "Get No Better" (featuring Mashonda) Swizz Beatz 3:54
5. "Make U Scream" (featuring Snoop Dogg) Swizz Beatz 4:03
6. "Tha Problem" (skit)   1:18
7. "Tha Problem" Swizz Beatz 3:50
8. "Pop That Cannon" (featuring Styles P) Swizz Beatz 4:10
9. "Blood Pressure" J. Brown 3:32
10. "Can I Talk to You" (featuring Jadakiss) V. Flowers 4:26
11. "Real Talk" (skit)   1:05
12. "Real Talk" Nottz 4:36
13. "Husslin'" Swizz Beatz 3:13
14. "I'm Hungry" Rockwilder 3:53
15. "Around tha World" Neo da Matrix 4:13
16. "Hotel" (Vacation Remix (bonus track), featuring R. Kelly and Trina) Swizz Beatz 5:46
Total length: 58:58

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 2
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 1

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