Former Cash Money Records producer Mannie Fresh recently opened up about Mystikal‘s return to the hip-hop spotlight and what plans of action the ex-convict should make to maintain the fans’ attention.
Working alongside Mystikal, Fresh believes the fellow New Orleans rapper should put out a free project before asking fans to hit retail stores.
“The amount of hits on that is nuts, because we were just sitting in the car vibing,” Fresh said in an interview. “I was just going through beats, and he was rapping on it, and I’m trying to convince him [that] I think that would be his mixtape…I think we should go through the songs that everybody liked, put that out as free music then do the album,” he said. “I am pushing for that.” (MTV)
Last year, Mystikal announced his release from jail after a six year bid.
“I’m back! I’m still tryin’ to feel this reality,” he said in a radio interview. “It still almost feels like a dream. Six years off the scene, for most rappers it’d be over with. Man, it’s gon’ be the beginning for me, and I’m finna get my reparations.” (Rap-Up)
He also talked about taking a more positive approach to life.
“It was tough. I took it in stride,” he said of his situation. “For a while, it felt like, I was gone so long…I’m back and I love y’all and I missed y’all, and I want to send out appreciation for all the fans…I’m going to be doing a lot of positive things.” (BET)
Mystikal began serving his time roughly seven years ago.
The rap star was imprisoned due to forcing his hairstylist to have sex with him several years ago, as well as an extortion charge. He initially denied the assault crime, until a videotape of the incident was discovered at his home. Mystikal plead guilty to the charges he faced in 2003, and then began a six year prison sentence in Louisiana State Prison system. During his prison sentence, he was also charged and convicted of misdemeanor counts of failing to file tax returns for 1998 and 1999. Mystikal began serving his time after January 16, 2004. (Gather)
Mystikal’s last album, Tarantula, dropped in 2001.
Check out some past footage of Mystikal and Mannie Fresh below: