If James Brown Were A Rapper In 2014, He’d Sound Like Mystikal On This Funky Number (Audio)

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With his own YMCMB debut, Original, on seeming delay, Mystikal has been a bit mysterious since leaving prison. While he’s been at work with Mannie Fresh, and made some Rich Gang appearances, the 1990s star and onetime No Limit free agent acquisition is certainly quiet, relatively speaking.

Mark Ronson, the DJ/producer who signed Wale to Interscope Records back in 2008, and worked closely with Jay Z in the early 2000s, saw an opportunity for ‘Kal. “Feel Right” is not-so-covertly an ode to James Brown and The JB’s. Mystikal’s raspy, bellowing voice thrives as he talks his ish on a funky canvas, arranged by Mark. You can almost visualize the New Orleans, Louisiana MC approaching the mic with shuffling feet and extra Soul-father swagger…

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This is not the first time Ronson has used imitation as a form of flattery. The producer admitted to making a crossover hit for Nikka Costa by emulating DJ Premier’s chop arrangements on 2001’s “Like A Feather.”

Should Mystikal further explore this side of things?

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