We first came across Cassie, whose full name is Casandra Ventura, when her video aired on MTV in the Wicked Chops Poker office. Damn, we said. Who is that? Is it Amerie? No, we’ve met Amerie before and that ain’t her. Close though. Can’t be Ashanti. Way hotter. Plus this girl can sing. Sort of looks like Rihanna but this girl’s, uh, tighter than Rihanna. And then the phone rang and we missed the end and didn’t find out her name. But we finally did and here we are.
So what do you need to know about Cassie? Well, she was born a year after New Coke in the town of London, Connecticut, signed with Wilhelmina Models as a teen, moved to NYC, caught the ear of Tommy Mottola soon after, released a 4-song demo, had 2 million people go to her MySpace page and then signed with Diddy’s Bad Boy Records. Now her single “Me & U” has hit #4 on the Hot 100 charts and her debut album will be released on August 8. She’s also been busy modeling for everyone including Missy Elliott‚Äôs Adidas line, Abercrombie + Fitch, and recently graced a billboard for Target in Times Square. And she’s got one of them blog thingamajigs. Learn more about her at CassieWorld.com. See more of her after the jump.