Mystikal breaks silence on dropped rape charge

Mystikal breaks silence on dropped rape charge

After spending more than four years under the “bad dream” of rape and kidnapping charges that were recently dismissed, rapper Mystikal says he wants to shed the sexually-charged songs of his past, and now has a higher audience in mind.

“When I look back and listen to the music, man — I was a nasty lil’ rapper!” he said with a hint of embarrassment in an interview with The Associated Press. “A lot of my music now, I imagine myself rapping it to God and if I can rap it, I’m proud.”

The Louisiana hip-hop legend said he “can’t go to God” with lines like the dirty opening verse of his hit “Shake Ya A(asterisk)(asterisk).”

But don’t expect Mystikal to start appearing on the gospel charts. He wants to make changes to his career — and life — as he tries to find harmony beyond a troubled past. During the last three years, the once chart-topping rapper faced uncertainty after being indicted on a first-degree rape and second-degree kidnapping charge stemming from a 2016 allegation.

The long ordeal “was like a reoccurring bad dream,” he said. “I didn’t know how it was going to work out.”

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