Mystikal's 1996 major-label debut, Mind of Mystikal, fell just short of going gold. The MC then hooked up with Master P and No Limit; the union produced Unpredictable (1997) and helped the rapper build a substantial following. Ghetto Fabulous followed in 1999, falling just short of debuting at number one on the album charts. Let's Get Ready (2000), driven by the James Brown-like "Shake Ya Ass," made it increasingly difficult to trace Mystikal's roots back to the trademark sound and motifs of the thuggish No Limit camp. Let's Get Ready and Tarantula followed; the latter garnered two Grammy nods for Best Male Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Album. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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