Celebrity Favorites: Mystikal
Since Mystikal's been gone, a lot has changed on hip-hop's playing field. In 2004, when Mystikal was locked up on sexual battery and extortion charges, Jay-Z was fresh off his "retirement," Kanye West was just beginning his rookie year in rap and [artist id="510062"]Lil Wayne[/artist] was getting set to drop the first album in his now-famed Tha Carter series.
Now, Kanye and Jay are the Throne and both enjoy veteran rap status, and Lil Wayne is sitting on top of the world. Mystikal recalls his fellow New Orleans rapper's come-up and can't help but feel a bit responsible for the growth.
"Wayne was a student in my dojo before. I was a sensei before. I had big inspiration on him," Mystikal said of the younger Weezy. "It's gratifying to see him reach the heights that he reached with his hustle. So I'm proud of him."
Mystikal, who turned 41 last week, has a catalog of rap classics. Songs like "Shake Ya Ass" and "Danger" helped shine hip-hop's light on his native New Orleans and the artists who hail from the Louisiana city. Still, the Tarantula isn't content with his past hits. He has recently been in the studio with producer Mannie Fresh, cooking up a new batch of material.
So how will this new Mystikal fit into hip-hop's current landscape?
"Just another option, just give them another option," Mystikal told Mixtape Daily of what he hopes to offer to rap fans. "All the marquee artists are who they are; I don't have to say no names. [The fans] just ready for more options, they ready for some other big cards to play. Trust me!"
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