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After serving a six-year prison sentence stemming from sexual battery and extortion charges in 2003, Mystikal signed a deal with Cash Money Records last December; released a brash new single, “Original,” featuring Cash Money boss Birdman; and made his long-awaited return to the stage with performances at South by Southwest and New Orleans’ Jazz Festival 2012.

But last month, following a February incident in which the rapper (real name: Michael Tyler) was arrested and slapped with a misdemeanor charge for domestic abuse battery, Mystikal was sentenced to 81 days in jail for violation of probation. On Monday (May 14), that sentence begins.

 “Disappointed isn’t the word for it — ashamed,” Mystikal tells Billboard when asked how he’s feeling about the new jail sentence. “It’s hard to show up. If I stole your money and I gotta come face you again and you ask me about the money, it’s gonna be hard for me to face you in the eye. So the proof is in the pudding. Everything I was doing, the 81 days was right there riding with me — in the SUV, come on, who’s that? My 81 days. Everywhere I went, it was keeping me in check, and it’s a fight. I can tell myself all kinds of things, I can sit there and mope, or I can get out and thank those fans the way I’m supposed to, the way they deserve to be thanked. So of course I am.”Let’s hope he gets it right the next time around…What do you think?

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