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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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Albums by

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.   Go 'Head
  11.   Original
  12.   Still Smokin'
  13.   Tarantula
  14.   Murderer
  15.   Pussy Crook
  16.   Ya'll Ain't Ready Yet
  17.   U Can't Handle This
  18.   Here We Go featuring B-Legit
  19.   Big Truck Boys
  20.   Big Truck Driver
  21.   Out That Boot Camp Clicc. by Black Menace
  22.   Fell Back by Lil' Kano
  23.   U Would If U Could
  24.   Come See About Me
  25.   I'm on Fire
  26.   There He Go by Guillotine
  27.   That's the N***a
  28.   If It Ain't Live, It Ain't Me
  29.   Mystikal Fever
  30.   That's That Shit
  31.   Stack Yo Chips
  32.   Keep It Hype
  33.   Smoke Something
  34.   That's the Shit
  35.   I Get It Started
  36.   [Untitled Track]
  37.   Murderer III
  38.   The Braids
  39.   Ready to Rumble
  40.   Jump
  41.   What's Your Alias?
  42.   Yaah!
  43.   Round Out the Tank
  44.   It Yearns
  45.   Unpredictable
  46.   Murder 2
  47.   Born 2 Be a Soldier featuring Master P
  48.   Never Gonna Bounce (The Dream)
  49.   Oochie Pop
  50.   [Untitled Hidden Track]
  51.   Paper Stack
  52.   Smoke One
  53.   Ooooh Yeah
  54.   Smoked Out
  55.   I Rock, I Roll
  56.   Ain't Gonna See Tomorrow
  57.   Dirty South, Dirty Jerz by Naughty by Nature
  58.   The Stick Up featuring Fiend
  59.   Whacha Want, Whacha Need by Busta Rhymes
  60.   The Edge of the Blade
  61.   Shine
  62.   Sleepin' with Me by O'Dell
  63.   Dick on the Track
  64.   Did I Do It
  65.   Ain't No Limit
  66.   13 Years
  67.   What Cha Think
  68.   Respect My Mind by Guillotine
  69.   Beware
  70.   Born Spitta
  71.   Pussy Pop
  72.   That's the Rapper
  73.   Hypno
  74.   The New Guy
  75.   Shake Ya A** by Pharrell Williams
  76.   The Return
  77.   Alright
  78.   Settle the Score
  79.   [Untitled]
  80.   Family
  81.   Neck uv da Woods
  82.   Let's Go Do It featuring Silkk the Shocker