MTV News: What kind of response have you been getting with "Shake Ya Ass"?
Mystikal: The thing people come up to me and say the most is, "Damn, I love that single." To me, the highest compliment is when [someone tells] me, "I don't like rap, I don't like that kind of music, but I love your song."
MTV: The video's got that whole "Eyes Wide Shut" thing going.
Mystikal: The director, Lilttle X, he called me with the idea. "Man, have you seen the 'Eyes Wide Shut' movie? All these girls in these outfits, it's going to be sick, it's going to be hot." I was like, "Word." I immediately went and checked out the movie, and after that, I was ready. Then we got on location, and he had everything exact. He pimped it. He had it bugged out. That was tight.
MTV: You worked with the Neptunes on that track.
Mystikal: The guy who is singing the hook, yeah, that's [Pharrell Williams of] the Neptunes. Ah, man -- hot, hot, hot, hot! Yeah, they're doing a lot. They've got a lot of hot joints out there right now. They're like the new wave of producer. It's definitely their turn. Neptunes definitely bring the artist out; they definitely bring out the best in me.
MTV: You're back at Jive Records, where you started out. Can you tell us about how you got there and why you went back there after leaving for No Limit?
Mystikal: Jive picked me up after I sold 75,000 to 100,000 units independently with a local label [Big Boy Records]. After I did that, everything that I did on Jive was pretty much me doing it as an artist. They pushed me, but they couldn't get over the edge like I was supposed to be. I couldn't really bring no plaque home.
Then I got the opportunity to work with Master P on the "I'm 'Bout It" soundtrack. That's when I became a [No Limit] soldier, and the platinums and plaques and all that glamour and glitter -- everything rolled in. We sat down and watched Master P do some fantastic things, and I'm glad I was on the inside looking instead of on the outside. So Jive really has something to prove now. "We can do it. We can do that too. Let us show you what we can do with you, Mystikal." So now it's their chance for them to show me what they working with.
It's time for us as artists to step up to the plate and focus on getting our careers where we want them. We were all focused on No Limit. It was a group effort. It was a team effort. But our goal was to get No Limit up there. Now it's our turn and our chance and our opportunity to get ourselves, as artists, where we need to be. I am doing mine.
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