News: "[Lil Wayne & Baby] Didn't Save My Career, They Saved My Life. Literally" [Video]

Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012 10:45AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Newly signed Cash Money Records rapper, Mystikal, recently reflected on his revived music career and how Birdman and Lil Wayne gave him a second chance at making a run in the music industry.

Talking to radio personality Boss Lady, Mystikal said his new Cash Money situation is still surreal.

"My head is still spinning right now," Mystikal said when asked about adjusting to the new label situation. "It's humbling. It's really humbling to be looking from this position, the six years [behind bars], looking up at everything. That's at the bottom of the barrel. The only thing that's worse than being in prison is probably death itself. So to do that for six years and then to come home and be on top with the top record label in the world? It's humbling. ... That was nothing but God that allowed this situation to unfold like this -- they didn't save my career, they saved my life. Literally. So that's how serious I am." (Hip Hop Nation)

This week, he officially announced the title of his upcoming Cash Money debut album.

"I know y'all been waiting on that thing and it's gonna be titled Original," he revealed. "Those six years I was gone [behind bars], I never cried. I pouted and fussed, but during the making of this ['Original'] video, I was fighting back tears like Diana Ross. ... [Biggest lesson in rap?] Surroundings. Watch your surroundings and pay attention to them. Bees do not hang with flies. Believe that." ("106 & Park")

A few days ago, Mystikal released his Birdman and Lil Wayne-assisted music video, entitled "Original."

YMCMB rolls out the red carpet to welcome Mystikal into the family. The New Orleans rapper, who was incarcerated for six years, receives a lavish homecoming in the Gil Green-directed video for "Original," the first single from his Cash Money debut. He indulges in the spoils of being a Cash Money Millionaire, which include a multi-million dollar mansion, luxury whips, and fine women everywhere. Birdman, Mack Maine, and a skateboard-wielding Weezy rep for the team under a crystal chandelier. Mystikal's first album since 2001's Tarantula is due later this year and will feature appearances from Busta Rhymes and Rick Ross. "This album's gonna be well, well worth the wait. Trust me," he told Rap-Up TV. (Rap-Up)

Around mid-December, Birdman officially welcomed the fellow New Orleans rapper to his label.

"It is an honor to get the opportunity to work with Mystikal, as we have a long history together. He is a great artist and his talent, combined with our hard work and strong team, is going to result in some of the best music of his career. We are expecting great work from Mystikal. Slim and I already have him in the studio working on his first album for Cash Money." (Statement)

Check out Mystikal's interview below:

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