Cash Money Records' Birdman has stepped forward to speak on receiving some bad news last week when it was discovered newly signed artist Mystikal would be returning back to jail on a probation violation.
Rather than look at the negatives, Birdman vouched the entire Cash Money family's support for Mystikal in his time of need.
"Sh*t happens, bruh. All I can do and all we can do as a brand is just support him. When a n*gga doing time, it's important that families be there," Birdman said in an interview. "That's when you see who means something to you in life, when you down. We gon' be there with him. We been there before. We know how that go. We do as much music as we can before he go, if he have to go, but besides that, when he come home, it's right back at it. The same day that concrete touch, the same day we putting out music." (Complex)
The Cash Money artist's legal woes became publicized last week.
Rapper Mystikal will be going back behind bars for three months because of a probation violation. Mystikal, whose real name is Michael Tyler, was released from a Louisiana prison in 2010 after serving six years for sexual battery and extortion. He'll be returning to jail May 14. On Monday, state District Judge Tony Marabella added the extra time as a condition of the 41-year-old Tyler's five-year probation in the extortion case because he was arrested in February on a misdemeanor charge of domestic abuse battery. Prosecutor Sue Bernie told The Advocate Tyler violated his probation, which called for him to remain arrest- and conviction-free. Tyler's attorney says Marabella ordered Tyler to spend another 90 days in jail but is giving him credit for the nine days he was detained after his arrest. (Washington Post)
The reported jail time could have a rough impact on plans to drop his anticipated Cash Money solo debut, Original.
"I'm telling you, this album is gonna be so well worth the wait, Sway, believe that," Mystikal told MTV News' Sway Calloway. The truth is, even if it wasn't "worth the wait," would a rapper really say otherwise? Mystikal acknowledged that his boasts may seem cliché, but that "those who know who I am know that I mean that." On Original, fans can expect even more collaborations from Cash Money/Young Money artists. "Busta [Rhymes] was one of the first artists I worked with when I first came home," he said. "Busta came out there, came all the way to Baton Rouge. I'm talking about we got it in." What about Drake? "No, that's coming," Mystikal promised. (MTV)
A few weeks ago, Mystikal credited Birdman and Lil Wayne for saving his career.
"My head is still spinning right now," Mystikal said when asked about adjusting to the new label situation. "It's humbling. It's really humbling to be looking from this position, the six years [behind bars], looking up at everything. That's at the bottom of the barrel. The only thing that's worse than being in prison is probably death itself. So to do that for six years and then to come home and be on top with the top record label in the world? It's humbling. ... That was nothing but God that allowed this situation to unfold like this -- they didn't save my career, they saved my life. Literally. So that's how serious I am." (Hip Hop Nation)