“Six years off the scene for most rappers, it would be over with, but it’s a new beginning for me.”
It’s a year of new beginnings for rapper Mystikal, who only a few months ago was incarcerated on sexual battery charges. Mystikal says he deeply regrets the decisions he made that led to his six-year imprisonment.
“Did I make a horrible mistake? Was it stupid? Hell, yeah. But did I do what they said I did? I can’t do it like that. But I put myself in that position to make it look like that. So I’ve got to take my lick. Cause I wasn’t acting like Albert Einstein, and I didn’t go to jail for praying too loud in church,” he laments.
Before his imprisonment in 2004, Michael “Mystikal” Tyler was dating a woman named Tedra; the two grew closer during his incarceration. The couple are now engaged and expecting their first child together, a baby girl.
With a new baby on the way, Mystikal now has a renewed sense of purpose. He wants to build a better bond with his 11-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son from previous relationships.
“Now, looking back at it, everything went the way it was supposed to go, so I could be the man sitting here. I’m much more usable to God. I’m a smarter man, a better son, and am going to be a better husband and father. I’m all those things because of all that I went through,” he says.