To anyone familiar with the Philadelphia hip-hop scene, the name Cassidy rings a bell. And if you have ever listened to any of his more recent mixtapes over the past few years, you have heard some guest verses from West Coast artist Jag. Although some may refer to him as Cassidy’s protégé, and compare their flows, in this latest effort Jag manages to expand his own personal style, and do it without having to rely on guest appearances from Cassidy or any other of the other artist from Cassidy’s Larsiny Family crew. Hosted by D.J. Far and D.J. Grady, and featuring original beats and production, this 24 song mixtape feels more like a full album, and shows how versatile Jag has become as an artist.

With production from up and coming producers such as Zen and Dame Taylor, there are beats for all tastes, and definitely not the same old shit either. As for his lyrics there are still the flashiness, the grittiness, and the punch lines that you would come to expect from anyone involved with Cassidy. But on this effort you get exposed to a whole other side of Jag that may not have been as evident on his past mixtapes and guest spots, you hear him be more vulnerable and speak openly of the struggles and truths of his personal life. It’s as if between projects he took a look in himself and grew up, matured as an artist. Topics range from growing up in L.A. and avoiding the pitfalls of gang life, to his family, to relationships. And of course there are the feel good party songs. With that in mind Scattered Thoughts is a perfect title for the album, a musician demonstrating his versatility. The album becomes more believable, more accessible to the average fan. My top five songs are Poetry Lounge, Intervention, Perception, Scattered Thoughts, and Emmy.

I’m telling all hip hop fans out there; do not sleep on this dude. He might not blow up to mainstream success, but he is better than anything you here on the radio these days.

Give it a try, and you will see. The whole mixtape can be downloaded for free at So put the Rick Ross CD down and cop this, real street music is finally making a comeback.