Mystikal In The Studio Goin In

Mystikal’s Cash Money debut Original, should be here sometime next year but we know how that goes. check out his latest.

February 6, 2013 1:35 PM ET
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Mystikal performs during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
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“Six years is a long fucking time,” Michael “Mystikal” Tyler says of his time at Louisiana’s Elayn Hunt Correctional Center. “When I came home after the fucking six years I passed the mirror and said, ‘What up, O.G.?’ And I had to stop. I said, ‘Lord, O.G. – oh, I’m an O.G. What the fuck?'”

The Louisiana rapper, who just released “Hit Me,” is sitting in an unassuming Baton Rouge recording studio on a Tuesday evening, a little after midnight. He’s riffing about his new album, Original, due in June, in his characteristically fast-talking patois.

“The first thing I had to do when I came home is see who the fuck I was talking to, you know, because I had some live rounds, because I wasn’t hitting the target,” he says.

Newly trained-out, his biceps bulge from beneath a royal blue New Orleans t-shirt, as if Mystikal is expressing his own sense of urgency to take back the mantel of Louisiana rap with his first studio album in nearly 12 years.

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