Philly rapper Cassidy is more spiritual these days. With a new album on deck, he credits the good Lord as the man who helped him through his time in jail, and a recent car accident that left him seriously injured.
On the new album, titled The Barry Adrien Reese Story (B.A.R.S.), Cassidy speaks on his new found respect for God and why at his neediest hour, he was the only one there.
“When I was going through problems, from going to jail to the accident, even though I had money, I had power, respect and friends, no one showed up and the only thing that helped me was my faith,” Cassidy told Billboard.com in a recent interview. “I was so worried about what lawyer I was going to hire and what judge will handle my case, but when I read the scripture, which says it’s better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man, I knew I was going to win and get through it with the Lord on my side.”
In April 2006, Cassidy was involved in a serious car accident in New Jersey, which resulted in the rapper being hospitalized with a fractured skull. He has since recovered.
Despite displaying his spiritual side on his new music, the rapper clearly says that fans should not classify it as gospel music because it’s far from that.
“It’s not church music — it’s just street songs,” he insists. One track, the Angie Stone-laced “Leaning On the Lord’s Side,” was a song Cassidy used to sing during church services in prison, according to Billboard. The song had “a chorus that said ‘leaning on the Lord’s side,’ and so when I got out, I asked Angie if she could help me bring the song to life,” he explains.
In addition to Angie Stone, B.A.R.S. will feature guest appearances from John Legend, Beanie Sigel, Fabolous, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Eve and singer Rell, while production credits include Swizz Beatz, Scott Storch, Timbaland and Cool & Dre.
The album’s first single is set to be the Swizz Beatz-produced “It’s On (I Got My Drink and My Two Step).” A video is scheduled to be filmed in July.
B.A.R.S. is slated for release September 18 on Full Surface/J Records. He will also release a mixtape hosted by DJ Green Lantern on July 7, which will feature seven tracks off the new album.