Mystikal performs during the 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival - Day 6 presented by Shell at The Fair Grounds Race Course on May 7, 2011 in New Orleans
*Mystikal is back in familiar territory.
The New Orleans rapper has checked into prison to begin an 81-day sentence relating to a 2010 probation violation.
The artist, born Michael Tyler, pleaded guilty to sexual battery and extortion in 2004 after forcing his stylist to perform sex acts and he was sentenced to six years in prison for the crime.
He was sprung in January 2010 and placed on five years probation, but he violated that order on Feb. 22 when he was taken into custody on a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery. In April, the 41 year old was ordered to serve 90 days behind bars for the crime.
Today, he arrived at a Louisiana prison to begin his punishment. He’ll serve 81 days in total – with nine days credit for time already served.
*New Orleans rapper Mystikal has given his first radio interview following a six-year prison term for sexual battery and extortion.
“My feet back on the ground. Man it’s been a long time,” the MC told radio jock Wild Wayne from New Orleans’ Q93. “I’m back. I’m still trying to feel this reality. It feels like a dream. Watch how I’m going to shake this world up now. I want reparation!”
Following his release from jail last week, the artist – best known for his hits “Shake Ya Ass” and “Danger (Been So Long)” – has five years of probation and must now register as a sex offender in Louisiana.
Mystikal says he has plenty of new material written and record labels have expressed interest in signing him, although he does owe one more album – as far as he understands – to Jive records.
Asked what got him through the six-years on lockdown, Mystikal – born Michael Tyler – said, “To be honest, I ain’t do nothing. It had to be God. When I look now, it seems like it was easy because it’s over. But going through it — it was tough. I had to get out the way and let God handle it for me. He had his arms around me tight.”
“You gotta be down to earth,” he continued. “I took it in stride. There’s always worse [things]: especially after 1994, the death of my sister. Nothing could be that bad. Then [No Limit rapper] Soulja Slim had just died [in 2003]. I was grieving him and morning him. I was kinda numb. It was a lot of things. But now I’m back.”