Thursday, August 18, 2022

Rapper Mystikal Breaks Silence on Rape Case, Kidnapping Charges [WATCH]

*Rapper Mystikal was convicted almost two decades ago of sexual battery and recently cleared of an allegation of rape and kidnapping in a separate case. 

In a recent interview with the Associated Press, the 50-year-old artist says he has evolved from the “nasty lil’ rapper” he used to be and his past legal drama prompted him to change his sexually-charged lyrics.

“When I look back and listen to the music, man — I was a nasty lil’ rapper!” he said. “A lot of my music now, I imagine myself rapping it to God and if I can rap it, I’m proud.”

Here’s some background about his rape case via ABC News

The rapper, who pleaded guilty in 2003 to sexual battery and served six years in prison, initially denied involvement with the woman and spent 18 months in jail before being released on a $3 million bond. Louisiana’s Caddo Parish District Attorney closed the investigation after new evidence was presented to a second grand jury that declined to bring an indictment. The district attorney then filed to dismiss the charges.

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Mystikal – legal name Michael Lawrence Tyler – said the yearslong ordeal “was like a reoccurring bad dream.” 

“I didn’t know how it was going to work out …” he added. “Don’t put yourself in situations where things like this can happen. I’m too old for that. I don’t do the groupies on the road (anymore). I don’t perform at the show and get the ladies (excited) and get her all goo-goo eyed and take advantage (of being a celebrity) … That was a young Mystikal.”

Mystikal acknowledges that some people will never forgive him for his mistakes.

“I can’t do nothing about that, but I try to understand where they’re coming from,” he told the AP. “At this point in age, I’m just grateful to still be able to participate. At my concerts, man, I still (have a) packed house after all this time. It’s amazing.”

Hear more from the hip-hop star about it via the YouTube clip above.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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