Tory Lanez recently stopped by Hot 97 to deliver a five-minute freestyle over Cassidy’s classic “I’m a Hustla,” but the man behind the original song couldn’t help but notice some similarities to one of his old freestyles. And it wasn’t the first instance, either.
Cassidy took to Instagram on Wednesday night (July 21) to share a 60-second clip comparing Tory Lanez’s lyrics with his own. The video claims Lanez stole the Philly rapper’s flow not only in his 2021 freestyle, but also in 2017 when he rapped over Nas and the Bravehearts’ “Oochie Wally” beat. Cassidy uses his early 2000s freestyle at Hot 97 as evidence.
“I’m @torylanez favorite rapper #RNS,” he wrote. “Ain’t no denying that. #GoatGang. Show me the respect I deserve & #LetsGetToThisChicken #BARSisBack #DaEnergy.”
Saigon responded in the comments, “Flag on the play….. Flagrant foul…. WTF. Is this legal?”
Cassidy wasn’t the only one to feel the same way. The video also shows people in the YouTube comment sections thinking Tory Lanez sounds just like him.
“When is he gonna give Cassidy his props tho,” one user wrote. “Steal so many of his Cassidy’s old flows and bars.”
Another said, “Not only is this Cassidy’s beat but he modified Cass’s multiple syllable rhyme with punches, like as the punchline flow.”
“He spittin but it sounds like Cassidy ghost wrote that lol if Cass rapped them same bars it would sound better imo,” someone else wrote.
Tory Lanez later responded to Cassidy by calling him one of his favorite rappers and saying he gave credit in both freestyles.
“U are one of my favorite raappers Cass ….. what’s the problem?” he said. “I guess this is what happens when u try to pay homage ….. the first freestyle I shouted ya name out becuz u did inspire me. The second one I went on YOUR beat. Shit is sad how U old n-ggas be mad at the young n-ggas for not showing love then when we do … we get responses like this.”
The Swizz Beatz-produced “I’m a Hustla” peaked at No. 34 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2005 and appeared on Cassidy’s album of the same name. Sampling JAY-Z’s “Dirt Off Your Shoulder,” the single became one of the first ringtones to go platinum in 2006.
Watch Cassidy’s clip above and check out Tory Lanez’s latest freestyle below.