After serving six years in prison and then returning to the clink for 81 days last year, Mystikal is prepping the release of his first album in 12 years titled Original, due in June.
During an interview with Rolling Stone, the Cash Money Records signee revealed that he's been at work with longtime No Limit producer KLC. Guests slated to appear on the album include Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Future, Busta Rhymes and New Orleans' Trombone Shorty and the Stooges Brass Band. He will also tour with a live band in the next few months.
The "Bouncin' Back" rapper says that he's been listening to Sam Cooke, Ludacris, Master P, James Brown and Eddie Murphy. He explains that he wants to add a little spice to what's currently popular on the charts.
"The sound that's prominent on the radio, and on hit records now, all that sound the same. I don't want all my hits to sound like that. I'm writing songs to perform, to entertain," he says. "And when I'm really trying to get inspired, I go backwards and I just rap."
Mystikal, who released the funky single "Hit Me" in December, last released his 2001 LP Tarantula. In January 2004, he was sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to sexual battery and extortion. After getting released in January 2010, he was arrested yet again in February 2012 following a domestic dispute. He was given a three-month sentence and was released in August.