If an explosion could be condensed into human form and taught to rap, that rapper would be Mystikal. The New Orleanian rap legend's manic, scatter-shot flow took him from local hero to the de facto general of the No Limit Soldiers at the height of their success and propelled him towards genuine pop star status by the turn of the century.

In 2004, his career was abruptly derailed by a six-year prison stay stemming from extortion and sexual assault charges, but he returned to the world and the rap game last year. A seemingly changed man, but no less of a ferocious rapper, he's since inked a deal with hometown hit makers (and his one time rivals) Cash Money.

With today being Fat Tuesday aka Mardi Gras, we got Mystikal to tell the stories behind some of his biggest hits, telling tales of how he opened for Run DMC, beefed with an entire rap sub-genre, and almost slept through No Limit's most memorable posse cut.

Written by Andrew Nosnitsky (@noz)

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