Mystikal has shared his stance on rap stars like Lil Wayne and Gucci Mane doing time behind bars and offered some words of wisdom.
Mystikal, who was released from jail earlier this year, said that he felt all entertainers are responsible for their own decisions.
“It’s crazy. A lot of people ask me if I feel like they targeting rappers, and I guess there’s truth to that, but the bottom line is, I’m in control of the decisions I make. I’m in control of the positions that I allow myself to be in. I’m in control of the muthaf*ckas I have around me. So in all those areas, I f*cked up. So it ultimately falls on me. So you got to wise up with the decisions you make, especially if you f*ckin’ successful. Respect your success. I came off the throne to try to show somebody to just pay attention to what the f*ck you do ’cause it can cost you. Look how much it cost me, man. Six years. I’d be at that $100 million mark right now. I guarantee you. So now they done pissed me off. Now I want $200 million.” (Complex)
West Coast rapper Snoop Dogg recently said rappers should be smarter in their crimes.
Snoop’s matured and mellowed over the years, which means he sees the recent rash of imprisoned rappers — including T.I., Gucci Mane, and, soon, Lil Wayne — as the product of youthful indiscretions. “Rappers going to jail is like athletes using steroids: It’s gonna happen. [But] I feel like the rappers that are getting caught up in going to jail don’t have anybody going ‘ay, we ain’t going there. That ain’t going happen tonight.’ It’s them in control until they lose control. I say to all the rappers out there that’s getting caught up in trouble: just be a little smarter, a little slicker. You just gotta know how to move.” (New York Magazine)
In light of artists like Wayne and Lil Boosie doing jail time, SOHH spoke with Lil Scrappy to get his take on Southern artists being behind bars.
“I don’t know how to react cuz, ’cause it’s like d*mn, if anybody noticed, this is the most rappers that done got locked up,” Scrappy explained. “I’ma tell you what it is though, it’s from certain n*ggas feeling like ‘I’m a rapper, I can do whatever the f*ck I wanna do,’ and not saying I’m a boss and do whatever I wanna do. If you a boss and you doing whatever you wanna do, you still gonna do it where you gonna be good, you not gonna just be ‘Oh, I f*cked up cuz, now I got eight years.’ Nah, not like that, they gonna be like ‘Eh, I did whatever I had to do, I’m good.’ N*ggas be going out their character, cuz. They doin’ sh*t they wouldn’t even do and they get f*cked up.” (SOHH)
Before being released earlier this year, Mystikal began serving his time roughly six 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)
Check out Mystikal’s “Set Me Free” music video down below: