By Nadeska Alexis
Mystikal has come a long way since his days at No Limit Records in the mid- to late-’90s, and the New Orleans rapper’s hits like Danger (Been So Long)” and “Shake Ya Ass,” are classics at this point. This Wednesday at 4 p.m., the Tarantula will stop by “RapFix Live” to reveal details on his latest projects, include his upcoming sixth album, Original.
Mystikal dropped his debut Mind of Mystikal in 1995 and followed up with two albums on No Limit Records (1997’s Unpredictable and 1998’s Ghetto Fabulous), before releasing his double-platinum fourth LP Let’s Get Ready via Jive in 2000. The album boasted the Neptunes-produced hit “Shake Ya Ass,” in addition to “Danger.” Mystikal also continued to clock in notable features on tracks like Ludacris’ “Move Bitch.”
The 41-year-old rapper, who influenced a young Lil Wayne at the height of his career, was released from prison in January 2010 after a six-year incarceration stretch, and now he’s getting back to the music. His December deal with Cash Money Records consummated the union with the new single “Original” featuring both Lil Wayne and Birdman. The video for “Original” debuted this week, but it’s only the beginning for Mystikal, who’s been holed up in the studio with producer Mannie Fresh, recording a fresh batch of hits.
South African rapper Jean Grae will also join Mystikal on “RapFix Live” this week, as she preps her upcoming seventh album Cake or Death, due out later this year.
Both rap veterans will be able to share their memories of Notorious B.I.G., who passed away 15 years ago. On this week’s episode, host Sway Calloway will continue MTV News’ monthlong celebration of the late rapper, during a special segment with Junior M.A.F.I.A. rapper Lil Cease and DJ Clark Kent. Both artists, close friends of B.I.G., will weigh in on their five favorite songs from his legendary Life After Death album, which will celebrate its 15th anniversary on March 25.
Tune into “RapFix Live” at 4 p.m. on Wednesday and tweet your questions for Mystikal and Jean Grae @MTVRapFix, using the hashtag #RapFixLive.