Popular New Orleans rapper Mystikal made a name for himself in the late 90s when he was a No Limit soldier. Many consider his verse on “Make ‘Em Say Uhhh” a classic despite those same people not knowing what the hell he’s really saying. (If you know what he’s really saying, teach me!) Mystikal tasted the sweetest success of his career in 2001 when he dropped The Neptunes–produced classic “Shake It Fast.” However, things were abruptly halted when he was sentenced to six years in prison for extortion and sexual battery.
Mystikal was released from prison in 2010 and remained fairly quiet until it was announced in 2011 that he was among the newest signees to Young Money. Almost two years since that announcement, there’s still no album. When we ran into the “Danger” rapper in New York City and he was kind enough to give us a very brief interview to explain his album’s status, how he feels about the new crop of rappers, and what it’s like for the south to finally be reigning in Hip-Hop. Reacquaint yourself with Mystikal because it truly has been so long.
TUD: What’s going on? What have you been up to?
Mystikal: We out here getting it. I’m just trying to put the final touches on that album, man!
Can we expect the same kind of Mystikal from “Shake It Fast” and “Danger”?
Kinda. It’s gonna kinda be a ride. You’re gonna get the Mystikal that was introduced to you guys when I first hit the scene all the way through my entire joint. I can tell you it’s gonna have a lot of depth to it and a lot of soul. But I mean it’s a lot of songs out that don’t have no soul. They be jammin’, but they aint got no soul. I come from an era of music when it had heart and soul.
What was the first album you bought with your own money?
Oh, it had to be some kind of Jackson Five, Michael Jackson album or something like that. If you talking about a rap album, it was LL! It was “I’m Bad.”
If you were just a regular guy sitting at home on the couch listening to rap music, what new rapper would make you get up and want to rap?
Kendrick Lamar. Definitely Drake. Lil Wayne’ll make you wanna jump up, get three jobs, write a song, and do a movie! [laughs] For real!
With the whole Kendrick Lamar situation and him claiming he’s the king of New York, do you feel like the south and the midwest are glad it’s us now and not y’all getting ridiculed anymore?
Well, the south and the midwest dealt with a lot from New York so we, as regions, bridged our own gaps and came together.
And now everybody’s doing southern style rap.
It feels really good to finally be getting that respect we deserve.
Did you ever feel like, “Damn. Why did the respect take so long to come?”
Not really. That’s just how it goes. Every body and thing has politics involved. Every. Single. Thing. Politics are always involved and that whole south not getting respect was all about corporate politics. We had a problem and we fought to get where we are. That’s the most important thing.
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