Rapper, Shyne, whose real name is Jamal Barrow, was released from prison and officially deported back to Belize in October of this year. Shyne was serving a 10 year sentence, to which he did 8. Shyne was convicted of two counts of assault as well as reckless endangerment and gun possession. But he was cleared of the most serious charge he was facing, attempted murder for a shooting that took place in a New York night club back in 1999.
In the case, of course, Shyne was found guilty, but Sean “Diddy” Combs was aquitted of all of the charges against him.
When Diddy learned of Shyne’s impending release, he was heard on several media outlets claiming to have been in touch with Shyne several times over the years. According to Shyne, that is the furthest thing from the truth.
After his deportation, Shyne told Rolling Stone, that he hadn’t spoken to Diddy in years, and probably would never speak to him. He also stated that the conversation that Diddy “supposedly” had with him is just a figment of Combs’ imagination. Shyne also stated in the statement, “He never spoke with me, he never visited me nor would I ever accept a phone call or visit from him. The only way I would do either of those things would be if he stepped up and did the right thing for the victims of the incident.”
In spite of Shyne basically putting Diddy on blast for lying, Diddy spoke positively about the rapper’s deportation recently, via an interview with Funkmaster Flex on New York’s Hot 97 radio station, in which the hip-hop mogul said Shyne deserves to be allowed into the U.S.
“I’ve never had any problem with Shyne,” Diddy said on the air. “I’ve never had any problem with him, I was looking forward to him coming home and just getting out here and letting people see what I saw. I think [his career] was cut down too early, people never got a chance to see what I saw.”
“The thing that bugs me out is people forget what was going on at the time, [Hot 97] was throwing so many stones at me, telling me how Shyne sounded like Biggie. All the cats up here at this station was throwing stones at me and I was telling them, ‘Nah, the kid got something special,’ Diddy continued. “At the end of the day, when [someone goes] to jail, a lot of people jump on the bandwagon and it was beyond that to me. I never wish bad on anybody, I only wish somebody the best and I hope he gets to come back to the United States, he did his time, he deserves to come back.”
Right now, Shyne is in Belize, getting used to freedom. It’s said that he plans to begin recording new music soon, while he and his family fight the immigration decision from his home country.