Michael L. Tyler (born September 22, 1970), known by the stage name Mystikal, is an American rapper who grew up in the 12th Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana. He is one of the few artists from Master P's New Orleans-based No Limit label to achieve both critical and commercial success. 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.
Mystikal's debut album, Mystikal, was released on local, New Orleans-based independent record label Big Boy Records in 1994. He found himlself in some conflicts with fellow local rappers from Cash Money Records including U.N.L.V. (rap group), 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 striked back with the diss Beware which was on his sophomore effort The Mind on 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. Unpredictable also sold well, and garnered Mystikal critical praise, though 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.