Infamous Rapper, Shyne, Appears at Diddy Concert
Diddy’s Bad Boy reunion concert continues to surprise us all. The concert kicked off on August 25, 2016 and features Diddy, Lil Kim, Mase, The Lox (A trio with Styles P, Sheek, and Jadakiss), Faith Evans, French Montana, 112, Mario Winans, Carl Thomas, Total, and DMX. Various other artists appear as guests on the tour depending on the city, and everyone involved performs classic hits released by Bad Boy records over the last 20 years. Jay-z and Mary J Blige joined in for the Brooklyn show at the Barclays center. (selling out the Barclays Center in 7 minutes!)
When the Bad Boy show came to Newark, NJ, on Sunday, September 25, a very unexpected guest made an appearance. Shyne appeared on a video lit up on a huge silver screen. The video was shot in his home country, Belize, as he was deported after being released from prison in 2009. With all the bad blood between him and combs, it was a refreshing surprise to see the Brooklyn based rapper back in action representing Bad Boy for life.
Who Is Shyne Again?
Shyne, born Jamal Barrow in Belize, grew up in a single parent home in the rough Brooklyn neighborhood of East Flatbush. His father, Dean Barrow, was a successful lawyer in Belize and later became the Prime Minister of Belize. Despite his success, he basically abandoned his family to fend for themselves in the notorious Vanderveer estates of Flatbush.
Always interested in rap, Shyne showed talent, and lots of it. After the music industry got wind of his prowess on the mic, he received offers from Def Jam, Elektra, and Interscope before signing with Diddy at Bad Boy Records. He was working on his debut album promising to have a long career as Diddy’s protege, but in late December 2009, everything turned for the worst and spiraled out of control.
Shyne And The Infamous Club Shooting
On December 22, 1999, Shyne and Diddy were involved in a heated argument with with a thug named ‘Scar’ at a New York night club. Things escalated quickly and shots were fired leaving 3 people injured and Diddy, Shyne and J-lo (Diddy;s girl at the time) hopped in Lincoln Navigator and fled the scene like they were in a Brian De Palma film or something.
Of course this is real life, not Scarface, and Shyne was charged with attempted murder. Diddy was allegedly seen by club goers waving a gun, and J-lo was seen hopping in the get away car, so they were arrested as well. With his day in court looming, Shyne continued to work on his highly anticipated debut album.
Shyne Does Hard Time
Indicted and charged with attempted murder in January 2000, it would take 15 months for the trial to take place. Shyne posted bail to continue to work on his album which dropped in September of 2000. Complete with a cadence and sound reminiscent of the late Notorious BIG, and a few hits, the album sold nearly 1 million copies.
When the court date came, it spiraled into animosity between Shyne and Diddy. Diddy took the stand and stated on record that Shyne had the gun, and that he was not waving a gun in the club, but that Shyne opened fire. This testimony, along with countless witnesses brought by the defense that said Diddy was unarmed, resulted in Shyne getting 10 a ten year prison sentence, while Diddy and J-Lo got off Scott free.
(Diddy did have Johnnie Cochran so that may have helped)