Mystikal Breaks Down His 25 Most Essential Songs

Mystikal f/ Birdman & Lil Wayne "Original" (2011)


Album: N/A
Label: Cash Money Records
Producer: Detail

Mystikal: “God forgive me, but that's like a church song with cuss words in it man. When it come on it just feel so gospel to me. That was the very first song I recorded over there with the Young Money/Cash Money camp.

“As soon as I recorded it Baby and Slim already knew that was gonna be a single. Slim said, 'It sound real single-ish.' And that ain't a fucking word, so you know he was proud of that motherfucker. Sounds single-ish to me too.

 

When I was in prison those six years, I huffed and puffed and I pouted and I might've complained here and there, but I never cried. I was on that studio set fighting back tears like Ali and Fraizer. If I'd have shook my face too hard some were gonna fall out.

 

“I'ma tell you, when I was in prison those six years, I huffed and puffed and I pouted and I might've complained here and there, but I never cried. I was on that studio set fighting back tears like Ali and Fraizer. What the fuck? If I'd have shook my face too hard some were gonna fall out. I don't know what the fuck it was, if it was just to come back in the fashion that I was doing it, I don't know.

“It's real over there. God is definitely in the building over there. I know how it look to some people when you're on the outside looking in, but I'mma tell you. That's a God-fearing-man-driven company. Dudes are professional and the work effort is through the roof. Ain't nobody over there playing. If they are playing, they earned it because they worked hard.

“It's fantastic to be around that level of artists. I came home and all I can say is I'm on the same record label as Lil Wayne. When I was in prison, anytime he came on the television you couldn't miss him. Him, Nicki, and the movement that Young Money was on it made my chest poke out. Especially to read Lil Wayne's in magazines saying he wanted to be a rapper when he heard the Mind Of Mystikal album. That made me proud.

 

Baby and Slim were two of the last cats that I talked to before I left, when I found out that I was really gonna have to go do time. They was like, 'If you need us we're here for you.' And I told them that I all I needed when I come home is to have a platform, to have some kind of foundation.

 

“They've been reaching out since—shit, since I was on No Limit. Baby would call me like 'When we gonna sit down?' 'Nigga I'm already sitting down!' They been hollering. When I seen them it was always love—always. So this thing been in the making a long time.

“Baby and Slim were two of the last cats that I talked to before I left, when I found out that I was really gonna have to go do time. Lawd, Jesus that wasn't on the itinerary. So I called them and let them know that so there wasn't gonna be no surprises or shock. They was like, 'If you need us we're here for you.' And I told them that I all I needed when I come home is to have a platform, to have some kind of foundation.

“This shit is gonna be special man. I think it's gonna resonate with people. They're gonna know that I'm back and I'm back in a major way and I'm not fucking playing. Yeah it was tough and I took a few bumps and hits but motherfucker but I'm a better man for all that bullshit.”

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