Rapper Mystikal faces third round of sexual-assault charges

Grammy-nominated rapper Mystikal has been arrested again in Louisiana on charges including first-degree rape.

The “Shake Ya Ass” and “Danger (Been So Long)” rapper was arrested over the weekend after local law enforcement officials responded to an area hospital where a victim, who suffered minor injuries, identified the rapper as a suspect Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office said in a media release. A mugshot of the hip-hop star was also posted to the sheriff’s Facebook page.

Mystikal, 51, whose real name is Michael Tyler, was then arrested and committed to Ascension Parish Jail and charged with first-degree rape, simple robbery, domestic violence, battery strangulation, false imprisonment and simple criminal damage to property. He is in jail awaiting trial, NBC News reported.

Representatives for the rapper didn’t immediately respond to The Times’ request for comment Monday.

Rapper “Stutter” was convicted of sexual assault nearly two decades ago after pleading guilty in 2003 in hopes of reducing the potential life sentence that rape can carry in Louisiana. He served six years in prison and was released in 2010.

He was recently acquitted of charges of rape and kidnapping in 2016. The New Orleans-born artist was charged separately with rape and kidnapping in 2017 and served 18 months in prison before being released on $3 million bail in 2019, the Associated Press reported. The District Attorney for Caddo Township, Louisiana, dropped the charges against him after a second grand jury declined to find charges.

In a 2021 interview with AP, the rapper appeared remorseful and admitted his past had brought him into a “horrible brotherhood.”

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

With his raspy vocal intensity and screaming musical delivery, Mystikal catapulted to stardom in the late 1990s with Master P’s No Limit Records. Before that, he was an established artist with the regional hit Here I Go. His self-titled debut and 1995’s “The Mind of Mystikal” crowned him the prince of Southern hip-hop and a Millions of fans bought his first No Limit album, 1997’s Unpredictable. This was followed in 1997 by Ghetto Fabulous, a studio album featuring Snoop Dogg, Master P and Busta Rhymes.

His album Let’s Get Ready included 2000’s ‘Shake Ya Ass’ (radio titled ‘Shake It Fast’), produced by the Neptunes and featuring vocals by Pharrell Williams. The song earned Mystikal a Grammy nomination in 2001. He received two other nominations for his 2001 track “Bouncin’ Back (Bumpin’ Me Against the Wall)” and the album of that song, “Tarantula”.

In 2004, amidst his legal troubles, his original label Jive Records released two compilations of the rapper’s music, “Prince of the South… The Hits” and “Chopped & Screwed”.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2022-08-01/mystikal-arrested-on-sexual-assault-charges-louisiana Rapper Mystikal faces third round of sexual-assault charges

Sarah Ridley

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