New Orleans rapper Mystikal opened up to a local news outlet in Louisiana about being a registered sex offender after police in Prairieville performed a routine checkup to ensure that offenders in the community “were in compliance with the law before kids hit the streets for trick-or-treating” according to WBRZ in Baton Rouge.

Mystikal was convicted of sexual battery in 2004 and served six years in prison as a result. Due to the nature of the charges, Mystikal is publicly listed as a lifetime sex offender and is subject to police check-ins.

“I don’t do the pity party thing, I have to participate in sex offender groups and stuff like that, it don’t stop your life man,” Mystikal told WBRZ.

Mystikal added that despite his status as a registered offender, he shares the same fears as many parents with regard to the safety of his children.

“I have the same fears that most parents have,” he said. “I don’t have an offense against no young kids, or nothing like that, which don’t make my offense no better, but still, protect your kids man, protect your kids, our kids are the most important thing we have.”

In August, Mystikal admitted to creative differences between himself and Cash Money Records when speaking about work on his next album.

“The stuff that I brought, it didn’t fit the mold,” he said from the red carpet at the BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards. “I have to be able to be the artist that I am. If I can’t do that then it’s not gonna work for me. That’s one thing I always prided myself on being different from anything out there. Right now, music has a lot of similarities in it. That’s my only gripe with music today. A lot of similarities.”

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