Listen: Mystikal's Halloween-season thriller, "Monsta"_lowres

Mystikal performing with Mark Ronson on Saturday Night Live in 2014.

On his latest Michael Jackson-sampled, Halloween-appropriate cut, New Orleans rapper Mystikal shouts out lions, tigers, bears - and crawfish and a hippopotamus. Producer C. Smith pulls out the spookiest of loops, from haunted house piano riffs and horror movie synths to "Thriller." Listen below.


Mystikal's banner return year began with his appearance on Mark Ronson's acclaimed funk opus Uptown Special - on "Feel Right," the album's third single, Mystikal barks the doors down with some of his best lines in years. He also performed the song on Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show.

Mystikal performs with a full band at The Varsity Theatre in Baton Rouge at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9.