Jailed Cassidy To Re-Team With Swizz Beatz
Cassidy, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault last week in Philadelphia, is planning to return to the studio with producer Swizz Beatz after serving out his prison termCassidy, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault last week in Philadelphia, is planning to return to the studio with producer Swizz Beatz after serving out his prison term. In the meantime, the rapper's label, Full Surface/J, will on Feb. 28 release the single "Cassidy (The Anthem)."
The cut will be available as a master ringtone Jan. 31 through all carriers, and the digital single will be offered for download on Feb. 14.
Cassidy, born Barry Reese, was sentenced to 11 1/2 to 23 months after being found guilty of negligence for providing the guns that killed Desmond Hawkins and wounded two of his companions. The rapper has been in prison since June 2005.
"Cassidy (The Anthem" is drawn from his 2005 sophomore album, "I'm A Hustla," which peaked at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 253,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album was released just weeks after Cassidy was charged with murder.
"While I am pleased that I was cleared of the murder charges, my satisfaction is not long-lasting, because of the death of someone who I considered to be my friend, Des Hawkins," says Cassidy. Adds Swizz Beats, "When Cassidy gets out, do not expect us to promote this situation as a cocky and violent situation, but as a blessed situation."