Mystikal Breaks Down His 25 Most Essential Songs

Mystikal "Y'all Ain't Ready Yet" (1994)




Album: Mystikal
Label: Big Boy Records
Producer: Leroy "Precise" Edwards, Charles "Big Boy Temple, Robert Shaw

Mystikal: “That was a turning point. It was a pivotal moment in my career and in life. I had just went through tragedy—I had just lost my sister. So I had two options, I could either fold up and get in the corner or I could stand up and represent, do it like I knew she would've wanted me to do it. I chose the latter.

“That was the song that I was doing that I didn't want them to say 'Ah, it's okay.' I wanted them to either love it or hate it, nothing in-between. And for the most part they loved it.

 

I had an opportunity to open up for Run-DMC and Doug E. Fresh when they came to New Orleans. Big Boy Records producer Leroy 'Precise' was in the audience and he saw my performance and the rest is history.

 

“[Before that] I was just leaving the talent show level, the demo level, trying to get heard and I had an opportunity to open up for Run-DMC and Doug E. Fresh when they came to New Orleans. Big Boy Records producer Leroy 'Precise' was in the audience and he saw my performance and the rest is history.

“That was my first record with Big Boy Records. We had put out a little excerpt cassette in '93 along with a single and we did it from there, put the album out in '94 and went national in '95.

“That's how I got my national attention, from all the local success. I think I sold like upwards of 100,000 copies locally so the major labels were checking for me at that time. 'Y'All Ain't Ready' was the song that really catapulted me to that next level, that's the song that inked my deal with Jive.”

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