Underrated: "It Takes Failure To Motivate You To Step It Up & Want To Do It Even Better"

Thursday, Sep 6, 2012 12:15AM

Written by Amber McKynzie for Cassidy

[Each week, SOHH asks two entertainment personalities to name who they feel is the most underrated emcee in hip-hop. After Walter McCarty gave Joe Budden the title earlier this week, Cassidy has once again crowned himself SOHH Underrated.]


I feel as though I'm very underrated. All the writing I did; all the lyrics I gave to some of the biggest artists in the game; all the advice that I gave to some of the biggest artists in the game; all the raps I spit; all the verses I spit; all the hard punchlines I spit; all the songs I made; all the things I've did in my career...

But, you know, everything happens for a reason. I was just reading this thing about failure the other day, and they were talking about how Michael Jordan got cut from his high school basketball team. It made him go to his room and cry. But I mean, he kept grinding and now he's the best, if not, one of the top three best basketball players to ever live. They were saying Walt Disney couldn't make it at first. They said he wasn't creative enough, but look what Walt Disney did. They fired Oprah from her news casting job, and said that she wasn't fit for TV. She came out to be the biggest person on TV ever, and [to] make the most money [doing it].

Eminem dropped out of high school, had a drug problem. [Said] he couldn't make it. The Beatles! They said they didn't even like the Beatles sound or their style. They came out to be one of the biggest singing groups ever. So sometimes it takes failure to motivate you to step it up and want to do it even better.

Sometimes it may be God's plan to push yourself to the limit. If you were successful from the beginning, you would never really have the motivation to really want to get better. So, I think that's what's really going on with me. I keep grinding. I keep putting in the work, and I feel as though it's going to eventually happen. It might not have happened when I wanted it to, but it's definitely going to happen. But then once it does happen, I'm going to be able to maintain and keep my position because of what I've went through.

One time I did a song with Wyclef and Patti Labelle that I don't really think a lot of people know about. Patti Labelle is from my city, Philly, so that was a big look for me. I've done two songs with John Legend that I don't think everybody is familiar with. I did songs with KRS-One who is a dude that I looked up to that I always used to love back in the day before I even thought about even being a rapper, so that was a good look and a good opportunity. I've did songs with a lot of people: Alicia Keys. You know a lot of people.

But I'm happy to work with anybody no matter how big an artist small an artist is, especially if they really want to make a song with me. You know, a lot of days it's just a bunch of 'having the song done and you email it to the person, they do it in they studio and then they send it back.' Ya'll never got a chance to vibe or bust it up or collaborate and really come up with ideas together. I mean sometimes the songs like that can still come out to be good a record, but it's better when you're in the studio together and ya'll vibing out and ya'll ideas clash to come out for the perfect record together. I like doing it like that.

The first MC of significance to be supported by Swizz Beatz's J-affiliated Full Surface label, Cassidy is a fresh-faced Philadelphian who gained a lot of attention as a battle rapper -- with a successful bout against Freeway as one of the first feathers in his cap. People who had been following him through several mixtape appearances were more than a little surprised by the angle taken on his first solo single, "Hotel." Rather than build on his street credibility, Cassidy used the song -- with vocal hooks courtesy of R. Kelly -- to establish himself as an MC who could just deliver a fluffy chart-aimed hit with equal ease.

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