MTV: No Limit has lost its share of stars recently. What do you think Master P has in store?
Mystikal: He's got something up his sleeve. Master P definitely has something up his sleeve. He ain't the type of person to stay down. He could bounce back. If anybody could do it, he could do it.
MTV: Do you think he's going to retire?
Mystikal: Master P has enough money to do what ever he wants to. Retire, keep rapping, whatever. He's got enough change.
MTV: Do you still rock the platinum tank every now and then?
Mystikal: Definitely. That's my championship jacket. That's my trophy. That's my reward. That's my plaque. That's my memento of success. I can still wear my championship college jacket if now I'm in the pros.
I still use my same formula, even though I changed labels and all that stuff kind of changed. I still did what I had to do to keep everything in place as an artist to make sure Mystikal didn't lack anything or change too drastically from one album to the next. It's gotta be a smooth change, a light change. I really didn't change. I got my opportunity to really be me all the way. That's the difference now, between No Limit and Mystikal and Mystikal that's doing his thing.
MTV: You've got a whole new look now, too. People have been talking about it.
Mystikal: When you're with a group, if I do something that says something, it's going to reflect on all of us, 'cause we're a group, we're a team. Now I can do whatever I want to, like James Brown.
MTV: Was it that soldier mentality?
Mystikal: It's a matter of blending in and fitting in, adapting and adjusting to your environment. When in Rome, do like the Romans. But I still kept my own identity while blending in.
MTV: You served in Desert Storm. Can you tell us about that?
Mystikal: Over there eight months. Crazy. I was totally baffled, like, "Why am I here?" I knew why I joined the Army; I was trying to get a little money, get a little card, do a little adventure. "Be all that you can be." "Come on, now, you said nothing about no war," you feel me? That was like a shock, 'cause the whole military that I knew and remembered for 20 years that passed, last war they had was Vietnam. Qadhafi -- that definitely wasn't the reason I went in there. Man, it was crazy. But if I had to do it again, I couldn't change it, 'cause it definitely made me what I am. It definitely defined my character. Definitely.
MTV: Did that help you develop your style?
Mystikal: Nah, I had style before that. Let me tell you something about the military -- not nothing bad or negative, because I would definitely recommend it -- but if you don't go there solid, of sound mind, you're going to come out of there somebody else. 'Cause you know how easy it is to be influenced, definitely when you're away from your element.
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