"From beginning to end, you can play the album," he recently said of B.A.R.S.: The Barry Adrian Reese Story. "It's nothing but quality music, and it's going to be music that you don't expect to hear from a dude like me. I definitely matured. I grew up, and I'm talking truthful things that people need to hear right now. Not disrespecting nobody, not knocking nobody, but it's a lot of music that ain't going to teach you nothing, you ain't going to learn nothing from."
"My flow, my tone of voice, the things I talk about, how real I keep it," he replied when asked why he is at his best now. "I write more hooks. I'm making wild beats now, and I produced this album all by myself. I'm just stepping it up, maturing in all areas, just trying to man up, so that's why I feel like I'm a better artist."
He even says he'll measure up well against Jay-Z next month when Hov's American Gangster arrives in stores alongside B.A.R.S.
"I look up to the things that [Jay-Z] did back in the day," Cass said. "But you know, he is almost 40 years old. He's a businessman. He's got so much to focus on, so many responsibilities. It's been so long since he been running in the streets and doing the things he used to do. That's why when he dropped Reasonable Doubt or [In My Lifetime, Vol. 1] — he was fresh from that so he was talking it like he was fresh from it. But it's been so long since he did that, and I don't even think he's into music like he used to be. He ain't as hungry as me, and he definitely ain't got a story to tell like I got to tell. And even if he did, he told it already."
Cassidy's new mixtape, Hustler's Home 2, is out this week. (We're hearing there might be a last-minute Kanye West verse for a remix of "My Drink N' My 2 Step.") We have the exclusive preview of it — so exclusive that it doesn't have a name yet. But we'll tell you it is a double CD of some of Cassidy's best solo material as well as records he made with his crew, the Larceny Family.