With hip-hop’s rapid rate of change, a prison bid can span an entire generation gap. Just ask Slick Rick, who served a little over five years in the early ’90s. As it turned out, rap music in 1996 was so different from Rick’s late ’80s heyday that he was never able to truly get his footing again. So, for 29-year-old Bronx rapper Mysonne—who came home from a seven-year sentence on July 5—there’s a lot of work to be done. And when you’re required by law to be at home by 10 p.m., it pays to get an early start.
In the late ’90s, Mysonne’s street-wise, punchline-driven flow was a loud voice on New York mixtapes, landing him a highly contested spot with Violator Management. Then in 1999, just as he was set to release his debut album, Life Teaches and Reality Bites, on Def Jam, Mys was convicted of two armed robberies (for which he still maintains his innocence). While serving out his seven-to-14-year sentence at the Orleans Correctional Facility in Albion, NY, he watched the youngest member of his Wanna Blow crew, Jae Millz, transition from a hungry teen to landing a solo deal on Universal. After his first parole hearing in May secured his release, Mys is finally out and ready to enjoy Millz’s success while plotting his own return to the mic. XXLMAG.com caught up with Mysonne early in the morning before his first day back in the studio.
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