A lot has changed since Mystikal was sentenced to six-years in prison in 2004. After serving his time, he was released and signed a record deal with the hottest label out YMCMB. He’s working on his first album in over a decade titled Original and visited The Breakfast Club to talk about his years away, getting back to the grind and adjusting to life in 2012.
“I came home after doing them 6 years, a white boy jumped on my head riding on a skateboard with an iPod listening to Lil Wayne. I’m like, ‘What the hell?’ I felt like I just got out of a time machine or something, real talk.”
Signing to YMCMB:
“Prior to me going in, me and Slim had a conversation, and I told him I might be leaving for a sec, because I wasn’t sure if I was going to have to go [to prison]. S0 anyway, I told him I had to leave so just have me a home base when I get back.”
Incident that led to his sentence:
“I still have a gag clause in place, but I can tell y’all fans, thank y’all for supporting me. Y’all know me better than that. It had to be a bigger purpose for me to go there for 6 years, for that long. What I did and how I made it was I took myself out of the loop, and I looked out for the guys around me, because most of them was in worse off situations. This guy sleeping got 40 [years] and this one got 50, I couldn’t really cry to anybody.”
DJ Envy asked if he had issues with other inmates in prison.
“For what? They wanted to hear a song or something. Most of the people in there was fans. I’m laid back, I don’t rock like that. But anybody that approached me to challenge rap wise, I went in and put it on there ass.”
Financial situation when he got home:
“I was cool, I wasn’t financially great, I was good, I was able to pay my bills. I think I was just more culturally behind. My first outfit, I couldn’t wait to come home and where some Iceberg or Coochie, whatever was poppin at the time.”
Charlamagne asks, “What does Mystikal have to offer the rap game in 2012?”
“Ya’ll know I was a little off before I left, I was retarded, however y’all want to phrase it, I was out there. I’m talking about musically. The stuff that I went through, it gave me as a person, depth and patience and so much was gained from it. So the artist, he came up to, believe that. And rappers gonna understand this.”