Mystikal is also back in the studio with both Pharrell and Mannie Fresh as well as Mark Ronson.

For the past decade or so, the reconstruction of Michael Tyler has been oddly similar to the rebuilding process of the city from which he came.

Like New Orleans, the high voltage spitter that Hip Hop would come to know as Mystikal was at a low point. After serving six years in the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center for an alleged sexual assault, the former No Limit live wire questioned his own place in Hip Hop’s transmogrified landscape. Just when he thought things couldn’t get worse, he went back to jail for another 90 days. After that his long rumored comeback album Original was beginning to look and feel more and more like legend (not Rakim legendary but more like the Loch Ness Monster), meaning non-existent.

Like the 504, Mystikal has re-established himself and is back to feeling right. In an exclusive interview with HipHopDX, the man-right-chea talks about getting past his own self-doubt, receiving Master P’s blessing to sign with Cash Money, and how Baby might have saved his life.