January 15, 2011

Mannie Fresh Seasoning Mystikal LP With New Orleans Flavor

When Mystikal began working on his comeback album last year, the New Orleans rapper recruited his fellow hometown lyricist Lil Wayne. Along the way, the former No Limit star also joined forces with Cash Money expatriate Mannie Fresh. And according to Fresh, he's hoping to inject some Bayou flavor into Mystikal's project.

"We finishing up his album and the thing of it is, I just want it to be a traditional New Orleans album," the producer told MTV News. "I just want to reach back and get New Orleans artists, the way we used to put it down. There's no disrespect to no other artist, but I don't feel like we have to go outside the circle. We got so much talent in our city. I would like to get some of that Neville [family] stuff on there and [Trombone Shorty]. But that's what it is. I want to bring it back to where it started from."

The project currently has no release date or major-label home, but fans should expect the collection to feature Mystikal's dance-floor flare as well as a more reflective side. Last year at this time, the rapper was being released from prison after serving six years on a sexual battery and extortion charge.

"Finally. Six years, that ain't no walk in the park," Mystikal told us a few months after his release. "I had a lot of time to do a lot of growing, reflecting and thinking and stuff like that."

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