Mystikal Says His Girlfriend Is Rap, Admits Favorite Summer Song & Reconnects With His Kids
It's fitting that 15 years ago, rapper Mystikal dropped a sophomore album titled Unpredictable. In the years since, his career has shaped up to be just that. The New Orleans native has been experiencing a rebirth of sorts, having served a six-year prison sentence for sexual battery after allegedly attacking his former hairstylist in 2002. Since returning home, the MC, born Michael Tyler, has been making up for lost time. For two years, the fiery rap star has been plotting his next move, and much to the surprise of hip-hop fans everywhere, he signed with Cash Money in late 2011.
Even more shocking was the fluidity with which it all happened. Cash Money and Mystikal's former family, No Limit, were well-known rivals. But according to the rapper, the move was pretty much decided on years ago, and now that YMCMB is one of hip-hop's most powerful imprints, his decision makes sense. At this point, it's on him to provide unpredictable results.
The BoomBox had a chance to speak with Mystikal about new beginnings, reconnecting with his kids, his favorite summer song by a rapper-turned-actor, tearing about the walls in DJ Khaled's studio and learning lessons the hard way.
I know you're not dropping the album until early next year, but your Original tape is coming soon. What's the vibe of that project?
It's just "get it as you go" right now. I just have so much to tell 'em. I feel like I've missed so much. They miss me; I miss them. They're just ready, that's all.
Do you still have to give Jive that last album, or was that squared away?
Yeah, but that's pretty much it. Just that and it's done.
You've been working with Busta and Drake