Mystikal gives a bit of NO flavor to Jazz Fest

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Associated Press

Posted on May 5, 2012 at 3:33 AM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Thousands crowded the field fronting the Congo Square stage to see New Orleans rapper Mystikal perform one last time before returning to jail on a probation violation.

The rapper, whose real name is Michael Tyler, was released from a Louisiana prison in 2010 after serving six years for sexual battery and extortion. He returns to jail May 14 following a February arrest on a misdemeanor charge of domestic abuse battery.

Mystikal thanked his fans Friday for their support and pushed through a set list that included fan favorites "Bouncin' Back, "Danger (Been So Long)," and "Here I Go."

Erik Hamilton, of New Orleans, says he's disappointed about the artist's pending return to jail but optimistic he'll come out "a better man."

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