Mystikal is a free man. According to TMZ, the New Orleans rapper finally posted his $3 million dollar bond on Tuesday after serving the past 18 months in a Louisiana prison for an alleged rape charge. Sources say the money came from an advance for a new recording deal, and funds raised by Mystikal's family and friends.

The rapper's attorney Tim Yazbeck confirmed his client's release to TMZ on Tuesday: "It's been a long time coming for Mike, but now he can get back to being the artist he is, doing what he loves, and seeing his kids again.”

If you're unaware, the charges stem from a 2016 incident when the New Orlean rapper was arrested for allegedly raping a woman after a concert in Shreveport, Louisiana. Mystikal pleaded not guilty to the charges in December 2017 and is expected to return to trial this May. Mystikal's lawyer, Joel Pearce, said he is confident the rapper will walk away proven innocent. "Based on all of the evidence we have, we strongly believe that an amicable resolution is not only possible but probable as an outcome in this case and that Michael Tyler will never be made to return to jail for a crime he didn’t commit," Pearce said.

For now, Mystikal is a free man until his trial in May. We’ll keep you posted.

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