MTV: Going back to Jive Records, they launched groups like A Tribe Called Quest, Boogie Down Productions... now they're known for teen pop and the teen market.
Mystikal: Jive's definitely not known for [being an] urban label, so I guess that's all a twist, also. We've just gotta improvise. I've gotta step up, and it's a compromise. I can't let them totally monopolize and do everything, because two heads are better than one. So I think we can work something out. They got a lot of power and I think if we do the right things and do it in the right spots, we're going to win, because I am coming with it.
MTV: What's it like, going to Jive and seeing all those Backstreet Boys and 'NSYNC plaques for selling 10 million albums? Is that intimidating, or inspiring?
Mystikal: It's inspiring. Everybody has their time to do what they got to do. It's competitive, so it's like, "Whoo, now that's what I'm talking about." It's definitely not intimidating, because I know what I am capable of doing.
MTV: What do you think of Cash Money?
Mystikal: They doing they thing. I knew they were going to before they popped. We had our differences, but that was competition. Sometimes, when you get competitive, it brings out the best in you. I'm definitely feeling them. They've got a lot of flavor. They represent how it's supposed to be done.
MTV: Is there a chance you might work with those guys in the future?
Mystikal: Definitely. I'm open for whatever. Why not? That should have been happened already. No Limit and Cash Money, man. But we bring out the best being competitive, so maybe it's more hype with both labels going at it opposed to saying, like, "La di da di" [kiss noise] next. That may have given it a little longevity and added a little spice to it too. So hey, feel it.
MTV: You mentioned James Brown before, and now with the new single, the comparisions to him are coming back again.
Mystikal: I've heard that before, throughout my career, but not like I'm hearing it now, 'cause I almost forgot that they used to say that. They come so overwhelming with it now, it's like, OK, all right, that's tight. That's a great sign, being compared to James Brown. Come on now, for real.