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I'm a Hustla is the second studio album by American hip hop recording artist Cassidy. It was released on June 28, 2005, by J, Full Surface Records and Ruff Ryders Entertainment. The album includes production from Bink, Devo Springsteen, Hi-Tek, Neo da Matrix, Nottz, L.E.S., The Individualz and Swizz Beatz, the latter of whom also executive produced the album. It features guest appearances from Nas, Quan, Mario, Mashonda, Raekwon, Lil Wayne, Fabolous and Mary J. Blige.

I'm a Hustla
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Studio album by Cassidy
Released June 28, 2005 (2005-06-28)
Recorded 2004–2005
Genre East Coast hip hop
Length 59:59
Cassidy chronology
Split Personality
(2004)Split Personality2004
I'm a Hustla
B.A.R.S. The Barry Adrian Reese Story
(2007)B.A.R.S. The Barry Adrian Reese Story2007
Singles from I'm a Hustla
  1. "I'm a Hustla"
    Released: April 15, 2005
  2. "B-Boy Stance"
    Released: June 20, 2005
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Pop Matters 7/10 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[3]
RapReviews 8/10 stars[4]
VIBE 3.5/5 stars[5]

The album debuted at #5 on the U.S. Billboard 200, with 93,000 copies sold in the first week.[6] It was supported by the singles "I'm a Hustla" and "B-Boy Stance". The album's title-track features a sample from Jay-Z's "Dirt off Your Shoulder" and the song was nominated for a Vibe Award in the category Street Anthem.[7] A remix featuring Mary J. Blige followed soon after. In 2006, the ringtone version of "I'm a Hustla" was one of the first-ever ringtones to be certified platinum.[8]


Track listingEdit

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "The Problem vs. the Hustla" Shatek 4:11
2. "I'm a Hustla" Swizz Beatz 4:19
3. "On the Grind" Neo Da Matrix 4:58
4. "Crack" Needlz 4:42
5. "B-Boy Stance" (featuring Swizz Beatz) Swizz Beatz 4:00
6. "A.M. to P.M." Neo Da Matrix 3:40
7. "Can't Fade Me" (featuring Nas and Quan) DJ Scratch 4:13
8. "Kick It wit You" (featuring Mario) L.E.S. 4:01
9. "C-Bonics" Swizz Beatz 4:09
10. "Bellybutton" Swizz Beatz 4:08
11. "Get 'Em" (featuring Swizz Beatz) Nerve & Surreal 2:52
12. "So Long" (featuring Mashonda and Raekwon) Chris & Drop 3:36
13. "6 Minutes" (featuring Lil Wayne and Fabolous) Neo Da Matrix 6:26
14. "The Message" Hot Runner 6:34
15. "I'm a Hustla (Remix)" (featuring Mary J. Blige) (Bonus track) Swizz Beatz 4:10


  • "I'm a Hustla"
    • #34 (U.S. Billboard Hot 100)
    • #71 (U.S. Billboard Hot Digital Songs)
    • #5 (U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks)
    • #8 (U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)
    • #14 (U.S. Billboard Hot Ringtones)
    • #69 (U.S. Billboard Pop 100)
  • "B-Boy Stance"
    • #75 (U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)
Song and chart information


"I'm a Hustla"

"Can't Fade Me"

"So Long"

"Get 'Em"

  • "Getaway" written by Peter Cor & Beloyd Taylor

"The Message"

  • "Is It Because I'm Black" performed by Sly Johnson and from Tupac Resurrection by Tupac Shakur

"A.M. to P.M."

  • "I Want to Break Free" by Queen

"On The Grind"

"6 Minutes"

Chart positionsEdit

Chart (2005) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 5
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 2
U.S. Billboard Top Rap Albums 2