The legal troubles of New Orleans rapper Mystical, of No Limit Fame, is well documented. After spending six years in prison and an additional 81 days in jail in 2012 for a parole violation, the newly signed Cash Money artist is settling down and preparing for the release of his first album in 12 years. Mystikal’s new album is to be called “Original” and is due to be released in June.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Mystikal shared that he has been working with a longtime producer with No Limit, KLC. Some of the guest feature artists are Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes and Future. He is also working with New Orleans’ Trombone Shorty and the Stooges Brass Band. He will also be touring with a live band.
The previously embattled rapper reveals that he listens to Sam Cooke, Ludacris, Master P., James Brown and Eddie Murphy. He expresses his desire to fill what he sees as a need to spice up what is currently hot on the charts now.
“The sound that’s prominent on the radio, and on hit records now, all that sound the same. I don’t want all my hits to sound like that. I’m writing songs to perform, to entertain,” he says. “And when I’m really trying to get inspired, I go backwards and I just rap.”
Mystikal’s last album release was 12 years ago, when he released “Tarantula” It was in 2004 that the rapper pleaded guilty to sexual battery and extortion and was subsequently sentenced to six years in prison. Recently he has released the songs Original last summer and Bullshit few months ago.