As much as things change, they remain the same. Over the past few months, hip hop has watched Ja Rule release a new album, Cash Money Records drop three new albums, and new albums are on the way from Busta Rhymes, DMX, and Mystikal. But, the year is not 2002, the year is 2012 and the stars of years past all feel they have more left in the tank.
Mystikal was away from the game for six years, while spending time in prison, so he knows he has more left in the tank. Earlier in his career, the New Orleans rapper was a member of the crew, whose logo featured a tank. XXL caught up with Mystikal and he reflected on this, but focused on his upcoming album. Mystikal released his debut single, “Original,”Â and saw it as the perfect album title as well.
Former crosstown rivals, No Limit Records and Cash Money Records’ rosters have featured a number of artists, who have been very influential on the game. Despite the label boasting such artists as Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Master P, Juvenile, and C-Murder, never has an artist been signed to both labels at one point, until now. Mystikal is the only artist to have ever been a part of both No Limit Records and Cash Money Records. Speaking on the situation, Mystikal said it is a crazy opportunity, but the times are different, but the formula at both labels is the same.
Despite rumors of a feud between the two crews, both Master P and Birdman have had nothing but positive things to say about their rival companies. With Mystikal being in the middle of the two, many wonder how his relationship with Master P is. Diffusing any possible rumors of beef, Mystikal said he spoke with Master P not too long ago and said he was congratulating him on his new deal and wished him nothing but luck.