Mystikal Breaks Down His 25 Most Essential Songs

Mystikal "Bouncin' Back (Bumpin' Me Against The Wall)" (2001)




Album: Tarantula
Label: Jive
Producer: The Neptunes

Mystikal: "'Bouncin' Back' was supposed to be an analogy for recovering from 9/11 and using myself as an example. If I can bounce back and make it, we all can. Sometimes you gotta get knocked down to get up. That's what I wanted 'Bouncin' Back' to say. It ain't about how you fall, your ass gonna fall, but you gotta get your ass up. That's the part that's not in the script.

“I wouldn't have picked that one [as a single either]. It was too political and it was more personal. That's something I wanted y'all to hear on the album and know that I meant it. But the Neptunes and I had such great chemistry and the label was just like, 'Fuck it.'

 

My first week sales with Tarantula looked like a fall-off. And as far as my fans were concerned they were like, 'Tarantula is better than Let's Get Ready,' but it's all in the timing and all that shit.

 

“Even when I do that song in concert right now it still has that real roaring response. Once again they were right… but they were kinda wrong [too] because my first week sales with Tarantula looked like a fall-off. And as far as my fans were concerned they were like, 'Tarantula's better than Let's Get Ready,' but it's all in the timing and all that shit.

“I don't think [Jive] understood exactly how I needed to be marketed and what it took to market an artist of my caliber. My shit is different. [Pop] was their bread and butter, and I never was a main priority.

“I was a top-shelf artist but I wasn't their bread and butter. They had a ceiling on it. They was only gonna spend so much and that's it. And all it took was a certain dollar amount for me just get me out there, and I'mma do the rest.”

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