Mystikal was once one of hip-hop’s most sought after artists, helping to put New Orleans on the map in the world of rap. But since his years long prison stint for sexual battery and extortion took him out of the scene in 2004, New Orleans has a new premier emcee keeping the scene alive; Lil Wayne. Now, in his latest interview as free man, Mystikal calls Wayne his “student” and shares his pride over the Young Money founder’s success.
“Wayne was a student in my dojo before. I was a sensei before. I [was a] big inspiration [for] him,” Mystikal said in an interview with MTV. “It’s gratifying to see him reach the heights that he reached with his hustle. So I’m proud of him.”
Though Wayne is leading the charge for New Orleans rap and dominating the scene for hip-hop in general, Mystikal, whose catalog includes a slew of chart-topping hits, including “Shake Ya A–” and “Danger,” says that he’s more than ready to jump back in the scene and provide fans with his unique brand of rap.
“Just another option, just give them another option,” Mystikal said. “All the marquee artists are who they are; I don’t have to say no names. [The fans] just ready for more options, they ready for some other big cards to play. Trust me!”