Shyne speaks on reconciling with Diddy | Music News

When the above picture hit Twitter earlier this month, many in the Hip-Hop world were shocked because they assumed they’d never see Diddy and Shyne together again.

Now, in a statement released to XXL, Shyne speaks for the first time about why he feels the reconciliation with his former Bad Boy boss was absolutely necessary and extremely important.

“You can’t overstate the cultural significance of what Shyne and Diddy reconciling means,” Shyne wrote. “You know I’m about it when it comes to them hammers, thus unfortunately this could have ended like Tupac and B.I.G. But what if Tupac and B.I.G ended like this and reconciled?”

He went on to say, “On a scale of what this says to African- and Latin-American men, who have been trained to self hate and to self-destruct, this is a watershed moment. The paradigm shift that’s taking place as the way Afro- and Latin-American men deal with each other is tremendous. This could be a gigantic step in putting an end to the cycle of hate and violence that is self-genocidal and destroying the minority community by sending fathers off to jail or an early grave.”

Diddy and Shyne’s 12-plus year estrangement stems from a 1999 shooting inside Manhattan’s Club New York that left three people injured. While Diddy walked away practically unscathed, Shyne, signed to Diddy’s Bad Boy Records at the time, was subsequently charged and convicted of attempted murder, assault and reckless endangerment and sentenced to ten years in prison. After serving over nine years of his sentence, Shyne was officially released on Oct. 6, 2009, but was almost immediately deported to his native Belize. He has since converted to Orthodox Judaism and changed his name twice — first from Jamal Barrow to Moses Michael Levy, then from Moses Michael Levy to Moshe Levy Ben-David.

Shyne is currently signed to Def Jam Records. The label also distributes his Gangland Records imprint.

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