Mystikal has been getting a lot of attention for an interview he did with Rolling Stone recently. In said interview, he mentions that he's been listening to James Brown, Sam Cooke, Master P, Ludacris, and Eddie Murphy lately, and is in the midst of working on a new album (recent singles seem to indicate these influences are creeping though into his music as well). Having always enjoyed the rapper's work, I've been digging around for more information and keep noticing the same thing: Most of these articles casually gloss over the fact that the No Limit/Cash Money/Jive rap artist known as Mystikal (real name Michael Tyler) is now a lifetime registered sex-offender.
Sure, they mention it. But aside from a very factual statement of his arrest, there tends to be little further examination.
Sentenced to six years in prison in 2004 for extortion and sexual battery charges, Mystikal's highly controversial case originated over allegations that his hairdresser had stolen $80,000 from him. Mystikal was charged with forcing her to engage in sexual acts with him and two of his bodyguards in response.
Yikes. Couldn't he have done something much cooler (and in fact, more humane), like enacting Babylonian Law and cutting off her hand or fingers or something? Think of how much better of a headline that would've made for him. Instead, he was charged and convicted of one of the most heinous, unforgiveable acts that one person can do to another.
Granted, sometimes famous people get accused of doing terrible things that maybe they really didn't do. However, in Mystikal's case, the incident was videotaped. The tape wasn't used in the court case, but the judge viewed it immediately prior to his sentencing - suggesting that whatever was on the tape warranted a six-year stint in jail.
There aren't a ton of interviews out there with the guy on what "really" happened, or how he's reflected on the incident, but Mystikal has alleged that it was a tragic matter of his rap persona merging with his real life. "It was a case of Michael Tyler acting like Mystikal," he has said.
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