After months of legalities, rapper Mystic will
finally re-release her critically acclaimed album Cuts For Luck, Scars For Freedom,
in May and this time with a major backing her.
"Nothing wrong happened with the record,"
Mystic told AllHipHop.com. "The reason it didn’t go further is because
[Jcor] fell apart. Jcor shut down and it was completely out of our control.
It turned out to be a really negative situation. But I’m really thankful
for what [Jcor] did."
Dreamworks Records, which is owned by Steven
Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen, decided to pick up the album
after agreeing to let Mystic re-work the album. The reissue will feature production
by Kayne West, Donnell Jones, Darren Henson and Keith Peltzer.
"It will finally be released internationally,"
Mystic told AllHipHop.com. "It’s nice to be a priority at Dreamworks. It’s
one of the last labels that realizes that everything might not sell millions
of copies, but its really important to create artistic music. And really be
concerned about the art."
mystic sad that her hiatus was due to legal wrangling
over the ownership of her material, which prevented her from doing valuable
promotion for the album.
“Everything fell apart. There was no label
support," she continued. "I couldn’t tour, I couldn’t do
radio, I couldn’t go in the studio, because there was a concern as to who
was going to own the material. That was a really difficult time for me as an
artist – the hostage artist.”
With the legal issues behind her, The Grammy
nominated artist went to work on the reissue, adding new songs and tackling
some of the production duties as well.
"I did new songs [for the album.] and we
decided we like them," Mystic added. "I’m sure some people have
we are doing this but it’s a blessing to put out an album that so many
paid attention to and have somebody willing to put it back out there."