Michael L. Tyler, better known by his stage name Mystikal, is an American rapper.

In 2003, Mystikal pleaded guilty to sexual battery and extortion. He is currently serving a six-year prison sentence in the Louisiana State Prison system.

Music career

Mystikal's debut album, Mystikal, released on local, New Orleans-based independent record label Big Boy Records in 1994. He found himself in some conflicts with fellow local rappers from Cash Money Records including U.N.L.V. and B.G. amongst others. They dissed him on tracks like Drag 'em in tha River by U.N.L.V. and Fuck Big Boy by B.G. He struck back with the diss Beware which was on his sophomore effort Mind of Mystikal. Mystikal's sister, Michelle Tyler, who sang the chorus on "Not That Nigga" was murdered (stabbed) by her boyfriend, Damion Neville (grandson of the Neville Brothers' Charles Neville), prior to the album's release. The songs "Dedicated To Michelle Tyler" and "Murder 2" on the Mind of Mystikal and Unpredictable albums, respectively, refer to Mystikal's sister's murder.

Mystikal signed to Jive Records and released Mind of Mystikal in 1995. The album sold well, and he signed to Master P's No Limit Records for Unpredictable in 1997, which also sold well and garnered Mystikal critical praise. In 1998, Mystikal made his first major guest appearance on Busta Rhymes' Extinction Level Event on the track "Iz They Wildin Wit Us & Gettin' Rowdy Wit Us?". His real breakthrough was Let's Get Ready, released in 2000. Let's Get Ready contained "Danger (Been So Long)," which featured rising pop star Nivea, and was the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs number-one single in June, 2001. The album also featured the popular, Neptunes-produced hit "Shake Ya Ass." Let's Get Ready debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200, making it Mystikal's only chart-topping album to date.

Mystikal's most recent solo release was the 2001 album Tarantula, which contained the hit single, "Bouncin' Back (Bumpin' Me Against The Wall)". Though it presented Mystikal's typical and unique flow style, the song also saw a blending of jazz and swing elements with hip-hop. The well received album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album in 2003, and Mystikal was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Male Rap Solo Performance that same year. Mystikal was also featured prominently in the single, "Move Bitch" by Ludacris as well as "I Don't Give a Fuck" by Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz along with Krayzie Bone, both in 2002. In 2003 he starred in the film 13 Dead Men.

Offences and imprisonment

On , 2004, Mystikal was sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to forcing his hairstylist to perform sex acts. He also admitted to extortion. The rapper and two bodyguards forced the woman to perform oral sex, have sex with them, and accused her of stealing $80,000 in checks. Mystikal initially denied the assault, but confessed after a videotape of the crime was found at his home. Bodyguards Leland "Pokie" Ellis and Vercy "V" Carter also pled guilty to sexual battery.

In August 2005, while incarcerated on the state sexual battery and extortion charges, Mystikal was charged federally with two misdemeanor counts of failing to file tax returns for 1998 and 1999. On , 2006, he was convicted in federal court of the tax offenses, but was allowed to serve the one year federal sentence concurrent with his six year state sentence.

Mystikal was incarcerated at Louisiana's Elayn Hunt Correctional Center. On , 2006, Mystikal was denied parole at a parole board hearing.

On , 2007, Mystikal was released from custody on the federal misdemeanor tax convictions (as his one-year sentence had expired), but he remains in custody on the 6-year sentence for the Louisiana state felony convictions. His projected release date is January 14, 2010.

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