New Orleans-based rapper Mystikal was released from prison earlier today (Jan. 14), according to various sources. Back in January of 2004, Mystikal was sentenced to six years after he plead guilty to sexual battery.
The rapper, whose real name is Michael Lawrence Tyler, was accused of forcing his hair stylist to perform sexual acts on him while his two bodyguards (Leland "Pokie" Ellis and Vercy "V" Carter) filmed it. Mystikal believed that the hair stylist had stole $80,000 in checks from him. The video tape of the incident was later found, forcing Mystikal to confess to the crime.
Mystikal gained popularity back in the late 90's as an artist signed to Master P's successful No Limit Records. In 2000, he released the hit single "Shake It Fast," produced by the Neptunes.
Mystikal phoned into New Orleans' radio station Q93 for an interview. "It was tough. I took it in stride," he said of his situation. "I'm back. It almost feels like a dream. For a while, it felt like, I was gone so long," he said.
Mystikal also let listeners know that he'd been writing in jail. He spoke directly to his fans, "I'm back and I love y'all and I missed y'all, and I want to send out appreciation for all the fans."
When asked whether he'd be doing any mentoring or giving back to the community, Mystikal affirmed his reform. "I'm going to be doing a lot of positive things."
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