I'm a Hustla

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Cassidy is not a "family show."

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 17+
Based on 4 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Some good socio-political stuff and one condom, but also a lot of racist, sexist, and violent language.


Many violent images in lyrics, as well as gun sound effects.


A lot of explicit sexuality.


He's not shy...


Money and possessions are mentioned often.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Many references to drugs -- selling them and taking them.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this CD is loaded with strong language and sexual and violent content, to the point that the edited version sounds like nonsense.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 September 11, 2018
Teen, 16 years old Written byimjustwondering March 27, 2011
He hasn't been making music for a while but this album is a no go for your four year old its good don't get me wrong but not apporiate unless your my... Continue reading

What's the story?

On I'M A HUSTLA, self-described \"hustla\" Cassidy takes on racism, politics, socio-economic issues, and the need for safe sex practices, all in songs filled with explicit sexuality, sexist and violent imagery, drug references, and gun-shot sound effects. There are some terrific guest appearances by the likes of Mary J. Blige, Lil Wayne and Fabulous, Mashonda & Raekwon, Mario, Swizz Beatz, Nas, and Quan. The lovingly produced songs are mixed well, and boast terrific instrumental tracks and some irresistible, infectious, musical hooks and backup vocals. But the in-your-face message and explicit lyrics are sure to be offensive to many, and the fact that the artist himself has recently made news for walking like he talks (he's in prison facing charges of homicide, conspiracy, and weapons violations) may provide parents with some psychological ammunition that was never intended.

Is it any good?

Visceral and edgy, Cassidy's songs are powerful snapshots of his take on urban street life. This is definitely not a family show though, which is too bad. Cassidy has grown up a lot since his last album, and tackles some important issues; less posturing and fewer expletives would allow his powerful message to be heard more widely.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the sad fact that Cassidy is currently in prison, facing charges of homicide, conspiracy, and weapons violations. This presents an opportunity to talk about how important it is to make good choices.

Music details

  • Artist: Cassidy
  • Release date: June 28, 2005
  • Label: J Records
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: July 14, 2015

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