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Once one of the leading rappers on Master P's No Limit record label, Mystikal quickly evolved beyond the label's clichéd thug trappings and found himself one of the Dirty South's most recognized rappers, alongside the likes of Juvenile and Ludacris. Like No Limit itself, Mystikal is a New Orleans native. He released an eponymous debut on the independent label Big Boy in June 1995. It earned the attention of Jive Records, who signed him later that year. His official major-label debut, Mind of Mystikal, was released in October 1996 and became a major hit in the rap underground, falling just short of going gold. The MC then hooked up with Master P and No Limit, along with the label's Beats by the Pound production team. This union produced Unpredictable, which was released in November 1997 and helped the rapper build a substantial following. It peaked at number one on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, reached number three on the Billboard 200, and eventually went platinum. Ghetto Fabulous, also driven by Beats by the Pound, followed in December 1998; it topped the R&B/Hip Hop Chart as well and debuted at number five on the Billboard 200. Despite a move to the Jive label, Mystikal wasted no time in issuing a follow-up. Let's Get Ready appeared in September 2000 and went double platinum. Driven by the James Brown-like Neptunes production "Shake Ya Ass" as a lead single -- an MTV staple before the album even hit the streets -- the album featured a vast range of productions from Earthtone III, Bink!, and the Medicine Men (a newer incarnation of Beats by the Pound). Let's Get Ready demonstrated the wide-reaching ambitions that had only been hinted at in previous releases. Mystikal made his unique rhyme delivery accessible enough to reach a significantly wider audience. Mystikal released his sixth album, Tarantula, in December 2001. "Bouncin' Back (Bumpin' Me Against the Wall)," another funky Neptunes collaboration, was one of 2002's hottest singles. The following year, Mystikal garnered Grammy nominations in the categories of Best Male Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Album. Tarantuala eventually reached gold status but didn't come close to eclipsing his most popular output. From January 2004 through January 2010, the rapper served a prison term for sexual battery. Shortly after he regained his freedom, he collaborated with one-time No Limit labelmate Fiend, as well as R&B singer Lloyd, and performed at the 2011 Gathering of the Juggalos festival. Plans for a seventh album were derailed by more issues with the law. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Andy Kellman
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    '00s Hip-Hop
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    Classic Hip-Hop
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Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   Shake Ya Ass
  3.   Danger (Been So Long)
  4.   Stutter
  5.   The Man Right Chea
  6.   Bouncin' Back (Bumpin' Me Against the Wall)
  7.   Here I Go
  8.   Shake It Fast
  9.   I Smell Smoke
  10.   Still Smokin'
  11.   Original
  12.   Here We Go featuring B-Legit
  13.   Born 2 Be a Soldier featuring Master P
  14.   If It Ain't Live, It Ain't Me
  15.   Out That Boot Camp Clicc. by Black Menace
  16.   Big Truck Driver
  17.   Ghetto Child featuring Master P
  18.   Ya'll Ain't Ready Yet
  19.   Paper Stack
  20.   Stack Yo Chips
  21.   I'm on Fire
  22.   There He Go by Guillotine
  23.   Round Out the Tank
  24.   That's the N***a
  25.   Ain't No Limit
  26.   The Braids
  27.   Neck uv da Woods
  28.   Murderer
  29.   [Untitled Hidden Track]
  30.   [Untitled Track]
  31.   What's Your Alias?
  32.   It Yearns
  33.   13 Years
  34.   Mr. Hood Critic
  35.   [Untitled Hidden Track]
  36.   Alright
  37.   Tarantula
  38.   [Untitled]
  39.   Mystikal Fever
  40.   Come See About Me
  41.   That's That Shit
  42.   Keep It Hype
  43.   Unpredictable
  44.   Mind of Mystikal
  45.   Beware
  46.   Hypno
  47.   Pussy Crook
  48.   Settle the Score
  49.   I Rock, I Roll
  50.   Big Truck Boys
  51.   Jump
  52.   Respect My Mind by Guillotine
  53.   Life Ain't Cool featuring Master P
  54.   U Can't Handle This
  55.   Did I Do It
  56.   What Cha Think
  57.   That Nigga Ain't Shit!
  58.   Murderer III
  59.   Not That Nigga
  60.   Born Spitta
  61.   Outro
  62.   Oochie Pop
  63.   That's the Rapper
  64.   Go 'Head
  65.   I Get It Started
  66.   Smoke One
  67.   Smoked Out
  68.   Family
  69.   U Would If U Could
  70.   Ready to Rumble
  71.   Ain't Gonna See Tomorrow
  72.   Let's Go Do It featuring Silkk the Shocker
  73.   Yaah!
  74.   The Stick Up featuring Fiend
  75.   Whacha Want, Whacha Need by Busta Rhymes
  76.   Shine
  77.   Gangstas featuring Master P
  78.   We Got the Clout by Mia X
  79.   Murder 2
  80.   Never Gonna Bounce (The Dream)
  81.   The Edge of the Blade
  82.   Smoke Something