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February 7th, 2013
Remember the glory days of Louisiana rap in the early 2000’s? The sound is about to get a major resurgence with the forthcoming album by Mystikal, the first in twelve years. Mystikal spent six years at the Louisiana’s Elayn Hunt Correctional Center and is now trying to make up for lost time.
Talking about his first acts as a free man, Mystikal explained to Rolling Stone, “The first thing I had to do when I came home is see who the f— I was talking to, you know, because I had some live rounds, because I wasn’t hitting the target.” Mystikal talked about finding a new audience saying, “It’s really the backpack kids that you’ve got to get.” Mystikal continued, “That little motherf—er that jumped over my head with the skateboard and the Beats headphones playing Lil Wayne. To win, you’ve got to get him.”
Despite his gumption, it’s hard to really believe that he can be the second coming of the NOLA rap scene when his past follows him literally like a over zealous parole officer (Mystikal’s history with the law doesn’t spell any confidence in this writer). Time will tell. Mystikal touched upon his own undoing explaining to Rolling Stone, “I had my head sticking through the roof, and I was just trying to get the rest of my body through.” Mystikal continued speaking on being sent to jail for the second time in 2010, “It was a huge setback [going to jail the second time] – self-inflicted of course, because if I don’t shoot myself in the foot then it won’t be a race. I have to make it hard as possible for myself. It hurt me more than the f—in’ six years did, really.”
Watch Mystikal’s video for Original here featuring Birdman and Lil’ Wayne and tell us what you think in the comments section.