By Rob Markman, with reporting by Sway Calloway
It’s been so long since we last got a Mystikal (LINK: http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/mystikal/artist.jhtml) album, 11 years to be exact, but on Wednesday’s “RapFix Live” he promised his fans wouldn’t have to wait long for his upcoming Original LP.
“I’m telling you, this album is gonna be so well worth the wait, Sway, believe that,” Mystikal said.
The truth is, even if it wasn’t “worth the wait,” would a rapper really say otherwise? Mystikal acknowledged that his boasts may seem cliché, but that “those who know who I am know that I mean that.”
Mystikal was released from prison after a six year bid in 2010 and has been balancing music with his family life. He now has four children; two 12 year olds, a one-year old and a two-month old baby. Now that his home life is in order, Mystikal is fully focused on the music. “I try to record every day, every day, just get it in,” he said.
Last week he debuted the video for the LP’s first single “Original.” Flanked by Birdman and Lil Wayne, the Tarantula delivers a spirited performance standing atop a piano in a lavish mansion. “Back to the top from the jailhouse,” he spits triumphantly.
On Original, fans can expect even more collaborations from Cash Money/Young Money artists. “Busta [Rhymes] was one of the first artists I worked with when I first came home,” he said. “Busta came out there, came all the way to Baton Rouge. I’m talking about we got it in.”
What about Drake? “No, that’s coming,” Mystikal promised without confirming where the song would ultimately end up.
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