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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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Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   Shake Ya Ass
  3.   Danger (Been So Long)
  4.   Stutter
  5.   Bouncin' Back (Bumpin' Me Against the Wall)
  6.   The Man Right Chea
  7.   Here I Go
  8.   Shake It Fast
  9.   I Smell Smoke
  10.   Original
  11.   Still Smokin'
  12.   If It Ain't Live, It Ain't Me
  13.   Tarantula
  14.   Born 2 Be a Soldier featuring Master P
  15.   Ya'll Ain't Ready Yet
  16.   There He Go by Guillotine
  17.   Unpredictable
  18.   I'm on Fire
  19.   Smoked Out
  20.   Murderer
  21.   Pussy Crook
  22.   Big Truck Driver
  23.   Murderer III
  24.   Neck uv da Woods
  25.   That's the N***a
  26.   Did I Do It
  27.   I Rock, I Roll
  28.   What's Your Alias?
  29.   Stack Yo Chips
  30.   Murder 2
  31.   Smoke One
  32.   Ghetto Fabulous featuring Charlie Wilson
  33.   Round Out the Tank
  34.   We Got the Clout by Mia X
  35.   Here We Go featuring B-Legit
  36.   I'm
  37.   [Untitled Hidden Track]
  38.   Paper Stack
  39.   [Untitled]
  40.   That's That Shit
  41.   Whacha Want, Whacha Need by Busta Rhymes
  42.   It Yearns
  43.   Sleepin' with Me by O'Dell
  44.   13 Years
  45.   Not That Nigga
  46.   Settle the Score
  47.   [Untitled Track]
  48.   Mystikal Fever
  49.   Big Truck Boys
  50.   Come See About Me
  51.   Let's Go Do It featuring Silkk the Shocker
  52.   Dirty South, Dirty Jerz by Naughty by Nature
  53.   Keep It Hype
  54.   Shine
  55.   Ain't No Limit
  56.   Beware
  57.   Oochie Pop
  58.   That's the Rapper
  59.   Hypno
  60.   [Untitled Hidden Track]
  61.   Shake Ya A** by Pharrell Williams
  62.   Alright
  63.   The Braids
  64.   U Would If U Could
  65.   Jump
  66.   Gangstas featuring Master P
  67.   Dick on the Track
  68.   U Can't Handle This
  69.   Mr. Hood Critic
  70.   Out That Boot Camp Clicc. by Black Menace
  71.   Smoke Something
  72.   That Nigga Ain't Shit!
  73.   Fell Back by Lil' Kano
  74.   Pussy Pop
  75.   The Return
  76.   Go 'Head
  77.   I Get It Started
  78.   Ooooh Yeah
  79.   Family
  80.   Ready to Rumble
  81.   Ain't Gonna See Tomorrow
  82.   Yaah!
  83.   Respect My Mind by Guillotine
  84.   The Stick Up featuring Fiend
  85.   Life Ain't Cool featuring Master P
  86.   The Edge of the Blade
  87.   Ghetto Child featuring Master P